Providing a comprehensive, global platform of services designed to address the unique and often complex real estate needs of nonprofit organizations, including associations, unions and public charities.

Addressing Unique Needs

Through community-driven, mission-sensitive strategies, CBRE's Nonprofit Practice Group ("NPG") seeks to maximize market opportunities while minimizing operational disruptions and addressing a nonprofit's requirements for buying, selling or leasing real estate.

Because the needs of nonprofits are different, NPG has developed a specialized group of real estate practitioners who understand the unique decision processes undertaken by these organizations. NPG recognizes how nonprofits work, how they think and how real estate decisions must be executed to support the organization’s mission.

CBRE's NPG team of professionals has extensive experience working with nonprofits and understands what role nonprofits play and how that role fits into the ethical and fiduciary standards they are held accountable to in today’s ever-evolving landscape.

Services designed to address the unique and complex real estate needs of nonprofit organizations.

Extensive experience working with nonprofits.

Customized plans that align real estate with the most important aspect of nonprofits: fulfilling the mission.

Benefits to your Organization

The CBRE Nonprofit Practice Group applies Experience, Insight, Intelligence and Resources to help nonprofit organizations make informed real estate decisions.

CBRE's NPG brings unparalleled experience working with nonprofits across the United States – understanding how they work, how they think, and how real estate decisions need to be executed. Our approach addresses a nonprofit’s specific requirements for leasing or purchasing real estate and provides community-driven, mission-sensitive strategies to every client, treating each project based on its specialized criteria.

Every day, in markets around the globe, we are completing successful assignments on behalf of our clients. This volume creates market insight that allows us to seize opportunities, speed the business process and create the most thorough, precisely accurate picture of global commercial real estate conditions and trends.

CBRE’s research/data gathering operation is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the industry. Brokers have on-line access to the most current listings, transaction terms, comparables and property details as well as valuable historical data and trends. The group’s comprehensive data covers leasing, investment sales, valuation, taxes and operating expenses as well.

CBRE employs the most comprehensive services platform in the commercial real estate industry. This is a valuable advantage when working on projects of every size and scope. Not only does CBRE offer our clients more services than any other firm in the industry, but perhaps more importantly, we are also able to seamlessly integrate these services to reduce costs and increase opportunities for our clients. CBRE also has the largest in-house Mapping and Demographics, Financial Analysis, Research, and Marketing departments.

Video: Top Nonprofit Real Estate Trends

Areas of Expertise

  • Strategic Real Estate Planning
  • Tenant Representation
  • Buy vs. Lease Analysis
  • Ownership Representation
  • Global Market Research
  • Consulting
  • Workplace Straegy
  • Appraisal
  • Tax Exempt, Debt & Equity Financing
  • Development Consulting
  • Space Acquisition & Disposition
  • Project Management
  • Financial Modeling
  • Nonprofit Benchmarking

Benchmarking Survey

The CBRE Nonprofit Practice Group is currently collecting responses for the Twelfth Annual Real Estate Benchmarking Survey for nonprofit organizations which include: associations, unions and public charities. This report provides metrics, insights and trends into how nonprofit organizations view, use and manage owned or leased real estate. The 2017 survey results are now available. To receive a copy, please contact one of our professionals or email us at cbrenpg@cbre.com.

Space Allocation

Continuing a trend of downsizing space, square footage per employee reached its lowest point in 10 years for organizations with 20 or more staff members. Despite a slight uptick from last year - 475 from 442 - square footage per person for organizations with 20 or fewer staff members has decreased by 20% over the past 10 years. As organizations embrace trends such as open workspaces and telecommuting, the need for space decreases. Additionally, as optimism and economic conditions improve, more staff are added to existing space, driving a decrease in square footage per employee.

Organization Size

Organization size had an impact on the configuration of office space. Smaller organizations were much more likely than larger ones to have private offices and significantly less likely to provide open work spaces.

Telecommuting/Remote Working

Following the trends set in previous years, working remotely continues to grow in popularity among nonprofits - in fact, it is the number one change that organizations predict over the next 10 years. An overwhelming majority of groups either have a telecommuting policy in place or are developing one. This has grown drastically since the question was first asked in our 2014 survey. Today, 82% of organizations now support telecommuting or are working on a plan to support it, versus 67% three years ago.

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