Leasing vs. Buying: Tough Property Decisions for Nonprofit Organizations

DCG Strategies Blog, Non-Profit Organizations

Long-term sustainability is a major element in the property decision making process for nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits should hire a market professional to analyze the market and the agency’s long-term goals. Two Forks in the Road, Two Hard Choices The choice between leasing …

Not For Loss: How Non-Profit Property Needs Can Be Smartly Met

DCG Strategies Blog, Non-Profit Organizations

Non-profit property needs When selecting a space for your non-profit, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration.
Image source: Flickr CC user Dave Fayram

I grew up in the 90s, and went to college at the end of that decade and the beginning of this century. It was easy, and probably correct, to think that it was the golden age of non-profits and NGOs. The rise of the Internet helped connect people with like-minded thinkers and activists across the globe, and just being able to see the example of brave and determined people was inspiring. When Jody Williams, an anti-landmine activist, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, it was seen as a triumph for anyone who worked outside the system. That wasn’t the first strong period for NGOs and it wasn’t the last, but it was an incredible time for outsiders.

Protect Your Assets: Test for Environmental Problems Before Purchasing Property

DCG Strategies Blog, Faith-Based, Non-Profit Organizations

storage tank pic The U.S. Army Environmental Command removes an underground storage tank. An estimated 570,000 buried tanks hold oil, gas, and other hazardous materials.
Image source: Flickr CC user U.S. Army Environmental Command

I’ve just read a story about a nice church with a bad environmental problem. It happened in Geneseo, Illinois, but could easily have taken place here in California. The Church of Promise owned a historic, though tumbling-down, 90-year-old schoolhouse, an eyesore that it wanted to tear down. However, they couldn’t tear the building down until they removed the asbestos used in the building years before. And unfortunately, they couldn’t remove the asbestos, either, as the bill would be a steep $130,000, which they couldn’t afford.