A recent national study by the Nonprofit Finance Fund shows that 31% of nonprofits have less than three months of cash reserves on hand, and 62% of them list long-term financial sustainability as their top operational challenge. By providing overhead resources, Ozaukee Nonprofit Center is a partner in sustainability for our agencies; we help to keep their lights on and their doors open.
We provide over 42,250 sqft of air-conditioned office space, storage space, and subsidize operational expenses for our nonprofit partner agencies, ensuring their resources can be used to deliver more services to people in need.
1. Rent, Technology, & Utilities Subsidy
We pay our agencies’ electricity, water, security, grounds-keeping, public area cleaning, wifi internet, and building maintenance. Since opening the Center’s doors in 1995, this program alone has saved partner agencies an estimated $1 million+ in overhead expenses.
2. Shared Services & Amenities
Shared services leverage the economies of scale that are created when multiple organizations access services from the same service providers. Shared services also allow service providers and participating organizations to create positive impacts beyond the direct services provided.
Some of our favorite shared services and amenities include:
- 24/7 access to five conference rooms, hosting 2,400+ individuals in 350+ meetings annually
- Full-use campus kitchen, complete with fridge, oven, and microwaves
- Recycling service, including a specialized toner recycling program
- Shredding services for all agencies
- Locked temperature-controlled private with convenient access storage units
3. Campus Connection
Human need is complex. Where a person or family has one need, there are invariable multiple needs. The workforce residing on our campus contains resources that can address many needs for clients seeking help. Connecting the campus partner agencies to each other unlocks that network.
As demand for services continues to rise, nonprofits list collaboration as their top solution to help meet the need. With a built-in community of nonprofits, the Center provides a hub where those collaborations are convenient, and actively facilitates networking and relationship building.
We hold monthly: networking engagement, agency recognition program, lunch & learn workshops. Check out our upcoming events under our center calendar.
4. Volunteer Program
Volunteers are a crucial part of general operations. We provide regularly scheduled volunteers Monday – Friday to provide agency operational and event support, as well as provide a positive face to help decrease barriers of service.
5. Diaper Bank
1 in 3 families experience diaper needs, our community Diaper Bank is available to anyone within the Ozaukee County community that is in need of diapers. Babies without clean diapers are exposed to more potential health risks & less likely to be accepted to daycares, leaving parents unable to attend work.