Community Foundation unveils multi-million dollar expansion with space for nonprofit sector
The Grand Des Moines Community Foundation has unveiled its $ 4.3 million expansion – and with it a brand new center that will be accessible to the city’s nonprofit sector.
The Community Foundation, which connects donors to charitable causes through charitable giving funds, has been located in the iconic Finkbine Mansion for over 20 years.
Over time, the organization and staff have grown exponentially, according to Community Foundation President Kristi Knous, now needing additional space to continue her work.
So when the building directly behind the mansion became available last year, the foundation jumped at the opportunity to purchase the property, with the intention of expanding both spaces by creating a community foundation campus. .
The campus will include the Finkbine Mansion, the creation of an outdoor plaza between the two properties and the transformation of the purchased building into the C3 Center.
The square is designed as a pocket park to serve as an “urban oasis” with a collaboration platform and outdoor event space.
According to Knous, Center C3 will be a spatial connection, collaboration and community for the local 501c3 nonprofit sector.
“Nonprofits, in many cases, do not have their own space or enough space …” This will allow meeting space for nonprofits, training space and also [space for] community leadership development programs.
The C3 Center, which is designed and developed by Slingshot Architecture, Confluence Landscape Architecture and Hansen Construction, will consist of two floors with consulting, community meeting and training spaces, each equipped to provide in-person, hybrid and virtual meeting opportunities. .
It will also host several nonprofit tenants on the second floor that align with the mission of the Community Foundation.
“I think the synergies that will come from this kind of activity under one roof, this will really become the hub, both to train our next generation leaders in this community, but also to build capacity for non-profit purposes. lucrative, ”Knous told the Register.
The multi-million dollar project is slated to begin construction next March and was fully funded within months, mostly through “generous donations from current and past Community Foundation leaders, friends and funding partners.”
“The response was that this makes perfect sense … this is the future of the Community Foundation,” Knous said.
The foundation hopes to raise additional funds to include a mural on the side of the C3 center visible from downtown and for artwork throughout the building – but if all goes well, construction will be completed on next fall.
The organization is still working on guidelines for nonprofits looking to use the space and plans to release them ahead of the grand opening.