Community Impact Center to serve as new home for United Way and other essential non-profit services


United Way of Central Ohio and several other nonprofits will move into a new home in downtown Columbus. Nationwide and United Way announced today that they have entered into a head lease agreement for United Way and several other philanthropic agencies to move into 215 North Front Street later this year.

The first effort of its kind, officially named the Community Impact Center, will bring together local nonprofits to maximize impact by addressing critical community needs.

The building is adjacent to Nationwide’s downtown campus. United Way announced in September the sale of its current headquarters, which will be converted into apartments that include both workforce and market-priced housing.

“The non-profit safety net is essential to the viability of any community. By partnering with Nationwide to create a single, centralized office in downtown Columbus for many nonprofits, we can deliver critical support better, more efficiently, and collectively,” said Lisa Courtice, president and CEO of United Way of Central Ohio. “We are excited that our former downtown headquarters will be redeveloped to include workforce and market housing and that our new location will allow more nonprofits to stay together.”

The new head lease agreement will create a single, centralized office in downtown Columbus for nonprofit organizations that serve critical community needs. Along with United Way, tenant partners will include Communities In Schools Ohio; Future Ready Columbus; By Scholas; UHCAN Ohio; Wells CPA; and the administrative offices of YMCA Stable Families.

“The building at 215 North Front is a valuable asset and we are pleased to effectively reposition it. This partnership with United Way of Central Ohio is the perfect example of the kind of opportunity Nationwide wants for well-located buildings – organizations that bring stability, vitality, jobs, growth and a sense of civic pride to the heart of our city. said Kieran Sherry, who leads Corporate Real Estate for Nationwide. “As we seek to reallocate this space, providing a solution for nonprofits in the region aligns perfectly with our commitment to the community and our desire to have a positive impact. We need strong services, and this will result in a victory for all parties involved.

“We are thrilled to be able to work with United Way of Central Ohio to create an economically viable center of excellence for nonprofit organizations that provide essential services to our community,” added chad jesterPresident of the National Foundation.

Under terms of the agreement, United Way of Central Ohio will move in December and recruit other nonprofits to also move into the building in 2023 and 2024. Details of the lease agreement were not disclosed.

The nine-story, 150,000 square foot building at 215 North Front St. has valuable amenities that will facilitate a greater level of cooperation between nonprofits that want to be downtown and want to collaborate to meet the community needs, including:

  • Lower level conference and collaboration space;
  • Centrally located office space that can accommodate over a dozen nonprofits;
  • And, access to the staff car park and the visitor garage.

“The implementation of our hybrid working model has been a success. We have found that we can meet our customers’ needs and drive profitable growth while giving our employees more flexibility in where they want to work. This means we need less office space,” added Sherry. “As we continue to complete improvements to our facilities to provide employees with more spaces that encourage collaboration and innovation, we are also looking to find viable uses for other valuable real estate that meet the unique needs of the community and contribute to the long-term vitality of the downtown core.

Nationwide gave thoughtful consideration to the repurposing of office space, a process that was accelerated by a decision in April 2020 to move to a permanent hybrid working model. With more than 50% of its workforce now permanently remote, the company needs less office space. In September, he announced a proposed sale of one of its buildings in Iowa to the city of Des Moinesa transaction that will allow this community to centralize city services.

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