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Nonprofit Displacement in San Mateo County

  • Sobrato Center for Nonprofits, Redwood Shores Shoreway Conference Room 350 Twin Dolphin Drive Redwood City, CA, 94065 United States (map)

Nonprofit Displacement in San Mateo County

Exploring Current Constraints & Creative Solutions

About Nonprofit Displacement Project

Northern California Grantmakers, in partnership with the Northern California Community Loan Fund, is supporting a multi-stakeholder working group that is engaging nonprofits, the public sector, philanthropy, and private interests to explore solutions to the growing problem of affordable space for nonprofits. 

The vision of the Nonprofit Displacement Project is to support the long-term sustainability and capacity of nonprofit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area by creating and preserving affordable space in fluctuating real estate markets. The persistent need for affordable space requires attention not only during this critical time when commercial rents have skyrocketed but ongoing attentiveness to the cyclical issue. The broader goals of the Nonprofit Displacement Project are to build the real estate capacity of nonprofits, develop space for multi-tenant centers, and advance policy solutions that can remove barriers or create permanent sources of capital for acquiring space.

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About Spaces for Good

Spaces for Good is a free online tool that supports Bay Area nonprofits in offering and finding available office, co-working, event, and program space. If you're a nonprofit, broker, or agent, list your available space at

Read this recent blog post to learn more about the thinking and partnerships behind Spaces for Good.


  • 9:00am - 9:30am Registration & Breakfast 
  • 9:30am - 11:00am Program & Panel
  • 11:00am - 11:30am Reflection & Networking
    Light refreshments will be served. 

Our Presenters

Sarah Frankfurth, Manager of Collaborative Philanthropy, Northern California Grantmakers

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Sarah is passionate about connecting people, exploring new ideas and figuring out how to make things work. She brings these skills, along with a background in program design, network development and learning communities to her work at NCG. As the Manager of Collaborative Philanthropy, Sarah will focus on the work of the Nonprofit Displacement Project and will work with NCG's collaborative philanthropy groups. Before joining NCG, Sarah provided strategic leadership for an organization that built innovative leadership in the reproductive health, rights and justice sector. Prior to that, Sarah designed and implemented multiple grant programs and learning networks focused on the social determinants of health and safety net healthcare innovation for the Center for Care Innovations. Sarah received a bachelor's degree in literary studies with a minor in Latin from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. 

Joanne Lee, Director of Consulting Services and Program Development, Northern California Community Loan Fund

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Joanne has over twenty-five years of experience in non-profit management and services. As the Director of Consulting Services, Joanne ensures that NCCLF's real estate and financial management consulting services help community nonprofits achieve their goals. In 2014, Joanne designed the Nonprofit Displacement Mitigation Program funded by the City and County of San Francisco and continues to oversee the partnership with the City in administering the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative. Joanne developed the Community Facilities Challenge at Fresno State University and continues to work with nonprofit associations, foundations, and government entities to develop capacity building programs for nonprofits. Prior to joining NCCLF, she served as the Deputy Director of the Chinatown Community Development Center, overseeing finance, administration, human resources, affordable housing development, property and asset management departments. Joanne has a BA in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Registration: Advanced registration is required. 

Thrive Members: Free

SMC Association of Realtors Members: Free

General Public: $40

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