SPRE PROJECTS

SPACE FOR COMMUNITY: UNDERSTANDING THE REAL ESTATE CHALLENGES AFFECTING THE NOT-FOR-PROFIT / SOCIAL PURPOSE SECTORS

Take the SPACE for COMMUNITY Survey now and add your voice to the issues and opportunities for non profits, social enterprises and artists in BC. Early Bird Deadline and chance to win 1 of 4 iPads October 15thlink to Survey webpage & FAQs 

When the landmark 2013 Rent--Lease--Own Study was released—anecdote turned to evidence and the crisis of space in the non-profit sector was day-lighted in a way that policy makers and the sector could not avoid. 

Seven years later and the crisis has not abated, although there are many more players and solutions are being found. SPRE is committed to ensuring we have a contemporary up to date understanding of the situation, and is proud to partner with the Real Estate Institute of BC on a 2020 re-boot of Rent – Lease – Own, now a call to action, Space for Community. An update and expansion, this study also included a series of capacity building workshops in late 2019 /early 2020. 

  • to link to the SURVEY and FAQs, click here
  • for more info on the SPACE for COMMUNITY Project, click here
  • for more info on the 2019/20 Rent – Lease – Own workshops, click here

SPRE Activities / HIGHLIGHTS

2020

  • Space for Communnity, Phoenix Group of Planners, Architects, Real Estate Professionals, Vancouver 
  • Land for Community Benefit Forum, Partnership with the Housing Research Collaborative, Vancouver
  • Space 4 Community Metro Vancouver Regional Planning Social Issues Subcommittee, Burnaby
  • Building Communities Through Social Purpose Real Estate & Heritage Partnerships, Heritage BC Webinar, BC
  • Building a Social Purpose Real Estate Strategy, United Church Properties, Victoria
  • Partnerships and Collaboration, School of Community & Regional Planning, UBC
  • City Vancouver Employment Lands and Economy Review – Advisory Committee

2019

  • RENT – LEASE – OWN, Metro Vancouver Regional Planning Social Issues Subcommittee, Burnaby
  • Building a Social Purpose Real Estate Strategy, Anglican Diocese Kootenays, Kelowna
  • Social Purpose Real Estate, City of Vancouver Planning Commission
  • Social Purpose Real Estate, Vancouver Round Table
  • Social Purpose Real Estate, Vancouver Board of Trade, Regional/Civic Affairs Committee,
  • New Normal: Building Collaborations & Partnerships for Social Impact Land Use Projects & Risk & Return on Investment in Social Purpose Real Estate, 2019 Land Summit, Vancouver
  • City Vancouver Employment Lands and Economy Review – Advisory Committee

2018

  • City for All SummitCity of Vancouver Planning Commission
  • Collaborate to Accelerate! Small Housing Summit, Vancouver
  • Hero Work Panel on Non Profit/Chairty Needs for Real Estate, Victoria
  • ​Space for Cutlure at "Unrestricted" BC Alliance for Arts & Culture & Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Association Conference; graphic recording by Annalee Kornelsen, Vancouver

2017

  • Finding Community Spaces in an Increasingly Crowded City, IMPACT West: A Forum for Foundations, Non-Profits and Charitable Organizations, Vancouver
  • Resiliency & Sustainability Through Social Purpose Real Estate, National Executive Forum on Public Property, Vancouver
  • Social Purpose Real Estate: Solutions for Victoria NPOs, Hosted by Social Innovation Centre, Vancity and Victoria Foundation, Victoria
  • Place, Invitational Discussion in preparation for 2018 National Conveying,  Vancouver 
  • Enhance Mission, Capital and Operations with SPRE Partnerships, BC Non-Profit Housing Association Conference, Housing Central, Richmond
  • Partnership Exploration, Housing Partnership Conference, Richmond
  • SPRE Symposium: Demystifying Real Estate for Non Profits and Social Enterprise with "Intelligent Leasing", "Finding the Money", "Planning for Space" ISSofBC Welcome House, Vancouver

2015

2013

2012

  • SPRE Mini Workshops: "To Hold/ To Sell/ To Develop", "Functional Programming for Non Profit Organizations","ABC's of Development", "Leasing or Buying--Colocation or Solo", Vancouver

2010

  • SPRE Conference: "Our Places Our Spaces", Vancouver

SPRE BURSARY OPPORTUNITIES

  • 2017 Housing Central / BC Non Profit Housing Conference Bursaries, Richmond 
  • 2015 Building Opportunities Conference Bursaries, Vancouver
  • 2013 Building Opportunities Conference Bursaries, Denver
  • 2011 Building Opportunities Conference Bursaries, Los Angeles
  • 2010 Our Places Our Spaces Conference Bursaries, Vancouver