In the summer of 2014 I was hired by Vancity Community Foundation as Community Owned Real Estate Project Intern.
Vancity Community Foundation's goal is to support non-profit organizations to operate and deliver their programs in appropriate, affordable, and secure spaces. To achieve this goal the foundation supports non-profits that own land in particular by building their capacity to plan and play a major role in the (re)development of their community-owned real estate.
The goal is to increase the impact of under-developed real estate assets that are owned by community groups.
My task was to design a framework for and conduct original research among non-profits who are in the process of redeveloping their properties. The goal was to learn about their challenges and enabling factors for others to learn from. I was tasked to explore which kind of tools and resources would help organizations pioneer this new approach to real estate development.
The findings of my research initiated the development of a Capacity Assessment Checklist and concepts for Real Estate Vision Development for non-profit organizations who seek to redevelop their properties. These tools were made available in the beginning of 2015.
The "Building It Right Toolkit" that emerged from this work can be found on the homepage of Vancity Community Foundation.
I worked for the foundation from May to October 2014.