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Mold and Mildew Are Spreading in a Nonprofit's Storage Unit

by Tony Gonzalez June 20, 2014 1:59 PM
Back in March of this year, a water line ruptured in a self storage unit. Neighbors in Christ, a nonprofit organization (NIC) used that unit to store items such as clothing, toys, and furniture for people who have lost items due to burglaries. As if the broken water line wasn’t bad enough, the organization is now facing more problems. [More]

Supporting Causes and Community Makes Good Business Sense for Self Storage Facilities

by John Stevens April 6, 2011 11:50 AM
Sometimes the best advertising campaign comes from the heart. When a self storage facility reaches out to a community or embraces a cause, it sends a message that it cares, a message that resonates deeply with many people. And when those people someday need self storage, a familiar name will pop into their head. A name they will associate with a good feeling of caring and giving. [More]

Colorado Self Storage Company Donates on Behalf of Hospitalized Children

by Holly Robinson April 30, 2010 6:18 AM
A Centennial, Colorado self storage company has decided to celebrate its grand opening next month by donating a percentage of its rents, along with an additional $1,500, to a nonprofit organization that helps families of children who have been hospitalized.

The self storage company, Cutting Edge Self Storage, has been working to find ways to support its new community and to blend in. One part of its effort to blend in has been designing the building so that it fits into its neighborhood architecturally. [More]

New York Nonprofits Consider Creative Alternatives for Space

by Kim Kilpatrick December 11, 2009 2:27 PM
Brokerage firm S. Sunshine & Associates, of New York City, has released its 2010 Nonprofit Real Estate Survey. The survey found that in a recession economy, many nonprofits are getting fewer donations and are having to reassess their budgets. More than 40 percent are responding to the recession by cutting staff members, but others are trying to find ways to fit their offices into less space. "The survey results show that nonprofits are seeking ways to maximize the efficiency of their real estate in a creative manner," says Suzanne Sunshine, president of S. Sunshine & Associates.

Many nonprofits are considering relocating to offices in less expensive areas. Among nonprofits who expect their need for space to rise or drop in the next year, 48 percent are considering relocation. The majority, however, prefer to stay at their current locations if at all possible. More than half of nonprofits have been at their current locations for more than six years. For nonprofit organizations, which rely on donations to provide them with the revenue and supplies that they need to remain in operation, keeping one standard address that does not change can be very important. Almost 90 percent of survey respondents said that their office locations provided a reasonable value to their organizations, and one third said that they would consider moving only if their operating costs rose so much that they could no longer afford rent in their current locations. [More]