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(c)space, a project of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, welcomes its first member. Kentucky Environmental Foundation (KEF) will join the unique (c)space concept in early June. (c)space is designed to gather, under one roof, individuals and nonprofits working to improve the health and quality of life of Kentuckians.
“(c)space is a product of the Foundation’s efforts to collaborate and strengthen nonprofits that are working to make Kentucky a better play to live, work and play,” said Foundation Chief Operations Officer Mary Jo Shircliffe, who is project developer. “The diversity of work by the various agencies and individuals that will utilize (c)space will serve as a ‘melting pot’ for new strategies and approaches to challenges faced in many areas that intersect with health, such as education, economic development and the environment.”
Working in this new shared space with others working to improve health and quality of life was the deciding factor in the Kentucky Environmental Foundation’s decision to locate at (c)space.
“Interaction creates synergy.”” said Heather Warman, Executive Director of Kentucky Environmental Foundation. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work in such an inspirational space that will promote collaboration on important issues related to health, education & the environment.”
Additionally, KEF has an initiative that Warman says highlights the intersection between health and environment. “Engaging stakeholders from all sectors is critical for creating integrated balanced solutions,” concluded Warman.
Nonprofit leaders, business executives and a wide array of other perspective members got their first chance to see (c)space during an open house event Monday evening. A photo gallery of open house pictures is available online. (c)space is located in 5,000 square feet of office space, in the 28,000 square foot office building owned by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, at 1640 Lyndon Farm Court in eastern Jefferson County, Kentucky. (c)space has 13 private offices and 6 workstations with amenities such as free parking, visitor reception, kitchenette, use of the Foundation’s Conference Facility, etc.
(c)space offers a variety of options for emerging, scaling, and established nonprofits and individuals including dedicated, shared and flex space. “We want to give them class A space and a nice working environment, but it must be affordable," concluded Shircliffe.
Individuals/Organizations eligible for tenancy:
•Funders – National, regional, state or local philanthropic organizations that make grants and other philanthropic investments in Kentucky.
•Researchers – Organizations who research initiatives inform health policy
•Technical Assistance – Providers who can assist nonprofits with building their capacity in areas such as evaluation, communications, sustainability.
•Professional Service – Providers of professional services such as legal, accounting and IT work with nonprofit clients.
•Nonprofit, (501c3) organizations – Not providing direct client or patient services, office space only.
Organizations not considered for tenancy include direct service providers (e.g., clinics), membership associations (501c6), corporate offices or unrelated business (e.g., a restaurant).
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