Value Proposition

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.

About Us


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.


  • 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.

Substantial Knowledge working with nonprofits of all types including associations, unions and public charities.

In addition to the firm’s extensive track record representing various types of businesses with their real estate needs, CBRE is the only real estate service provider with a dedicated group of professionals specializing in the nonprofit sector. 

Nonprofits, whether cause-based, membership-focused or trade-industry specific, are distinctive organizations which evaluate real estate based on mission-sensitive strategies and specialized criteria. There are many nuances to understanding associations and professional societies, and the particular way information needs to be prepared, processed and presented to Boards of Directors. CBRE has more experience with these organizations than any other commercial real estate firm.

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 Strategy
  • 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 tabulating the results for the 13th 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 2019 survey results are available now; to receive a copy, please contact one of our professionals or email us at [email protected].

Space Allocation

This year the space efficiency metric (square footage per employee) continues a longer-term trend of decreasing space allocations that has been ongoing since CBRE first tracked this metric in 2007. Across organizations of all sizes, those with newer spaces utilize fewer square feet per employee, demonstrating that when organizations relocate, they tend to become more efficient. Small organizations tend to use more space per employee than large organizations because economies of scale are harder to achieve, and support spaces such as conferencing, reception and pantry/cafe spaces represent a larger proportion of their space allocation.

Telecommuting & Remote Working

Nonprofits are heavy adapters of telecommute policies, and 81% of organizations utilize or are developing a telecommuting policy. Telecommuting is also more common among large organizations (100 staff or more), with 91% of those groups indicating they have a telecommuting policy or one under development.

Mobility is becoming a top concern for nonprofits as 24% of organizations cited a decreased need for dedicated workspace as one of their primary concerns about their space requirements.

Generational Changes

While nonprofits are conscious of differences between generations within the workplace, they are less concerned than they were even two years ago, with 39% of groups seeing little or no difference between the way generations work compared to 34% of groups in 2019. Many organizations noted that they see overall dynamics of the workforce as well as space needs shifting as Baby Boomers begin to retire and Millennials begin to take over the workforce. Organizations are moving towards more blended and open work areas as noted earlier in the report, and on average perceive that Millennials are more accepting of open work environments than other generations.