How to Leverage Real Estate as a Social Impact Organization

Creatively reimagining space

Why It Matters

For decades, social impact organizations needing property were limited to commercial leases, or relied on their donor bases for funding. Increasingly, Canada is seeing the repurposing of old and affordable properties, and collaborations between real estate and social organizations. This series on social impact real estate is crafted in partnership with Windmill Developments and Urban Equation.

Welcome to Future of Good’s series into the intersection between social impact and real estate (if you’re just joining us, you’ve only missed the introduction). To kick this series off, we’re exploring the perspective of social impact organizations — a broad group that includes charities, non-profits, co-operatives, social enterprises, and other community-based groups.

While many social impact organizations operate remotely, it’s hard to imagine them doing ‘place-based’ work fulfilling their mandate without being involved in real estate in some way.

Looking for real estate to support your mission

For a long time, the choices available to social impact organizations seeking real estate were limited to a conventional co

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