United Way of Central Ohio and several other nonprofits will soon relocate to 215 North Front Street, the home of the new Community Impact Center. The center is a nonprofit collective that will feature efficiencies of scale and ongoing collaboration to maximize impact when addressing critical needs in central Ohio.
“The nonprofit safety net is critical to the viability of any community. By partnering with Nationwide to create a unique, centralized office in downtown Columbus for numerous nonprofits, we can more efficiently, effectively and collectively offer critical support,” said Lisa Courtice, President and CEO of United Way of Central Ohio. “When we stand united, there is nothing central Ohio can’t do—and our friends at Nationwide just made it easier.”
In April 2020, Nationwide transitioned to a permanent hybrid work model resulting in the need to thoughtfully repurpose office space. The Community Impact Center is a result of that effort. Nonprofits invited by United Way to be partner tenants in the nine-story, 150,000 square foot space include the YMCA Stable Families administrative offices, Per Scholas, I Know I Can, Future Ready, Communities and Schools, Corporation for Supportive Housing and others. Each nonprofit will move into the space as existing lease agreements expire.
“The 215 North Front building is a valuable asset, and we are thrilled to reposition it effectively,” said Kieran Sherry, leader of Corporate Real Estate for Nationwide. “This partnership with United Way is the perfect example of the opportunities Nationwide wants for buildings in a great location – organizations that bring stability, vitality, jobs, growth and a sense of civic pride to the core of our city.”
In September, United Way announced the sale of its current headquarters, which will be redeveloped for workforce and market rate housing by 2025.
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