Value Proposition

Because the needs of nonprofits are different, NPG has developed a specialized group of real estate practitioners who understand the unique decision processes undertaken by these organizations. NPG recognizes how nonprofits work, how they think and how real estate decisions must be executed to support the organization’s mission.

About Us


Through community-driven, mission-sensitive strategies, CBRE's Nonprofit Practice Group ("NPG") seeks to maximize market opportunities while minimizing operational disruptions and addressing a nonprofit's requirements for buying, selling or leasing real estate.


  • Services designed to address the unique and complex real estate needs of nonprofit organizations.
  • Extensive experience working with nonprofits.
  • Customized plans that align real estate with the most important aspect of nonprofits: fulfilling the mission.

Benefits to your Organization

The CBRE Nonprofit Practice Group applies Experience, Insight, Intelligence and Resources to help nonprofit organizations make informed real estate decisions.

Substantial Knowledge working with nonprofits of all types including associations, unions and public charities.

In addition to the firm’s extensive track record representing various types of businesses with their real estate needs, CBRE is the only real estate service provider with a dedicated group of professionals specializing in the nonprofit sector. 

Nonprofits, whether cause-based, membership-focused or trade-industry specific, are distinctive organizations which evaluate real estate based on mission-sensitive strategies and specialized criteria. There are many nuances to understanding associations and professional societies, and the particular way information needs to be prepared, processed and presented to Boards of Directors. CBRE has more experience with these organizations than any other commercial real estate firm.

Video: Top Nonprofit Real Estate Trends

News Publications

Areas of Expertise

  • Strategic Real Estate Planning
  • Tenant Representation
  • Buy vs. Lease Analysis
  • Ownership Representation
  • Global Market Research
  • Consulting
  • Workplace Straegy
  • Appraisal
  • Tax Exempt, Debt & Equity Financing
  • Development Consulting
  • Space Acquisition & Disposition
  • Project Management
  • Financial Modeling
  • Nonprofit Benchmarking

Benchmarking Survey

The CBRE Nonprofit Practice Group is currently tabulating the results for the Twelfth Annual Real Estate Benchmarking Survey for nonprofit organizations which include: associations, unions and public charities. This report provides metrics, insights and trends into how nonprofit organizations view, use and manage owned or leased real estate. The 2017 survey results are now available. To receive a copy, please contact one of our professionals or email us at [email protected]

Space Allocation

Space Allocation

Continuing a trend of downsizing space, square footage per employee reached its lowest point in 10 years for organizations with 20 or more staff members. Despite a slight uptick from last year - 475 from 442 - square footage per person for organizations with 20 or fewer staff members has decreased by 20% over the past 10 years. As organizations embrace trends such as open workspaces and telecommuting, the need for space decreases. Additionally, as optimism and economic conditions improve, more staff are added to existing space, driving a decrease in square footage per employee.
Organization Size

Organization Size

Organization size had an impact on the configuration of office space. Smaller organizations were much more likely than larger ones to have private offices and significantly less likely to provide open work spaces.
Telecommuting/Remote Working

Telecommuting/Remote Working

Following the trends set in previous years, working remotely continues to grow in popularity among nonprofits - in fact, it is the number one change that organizations predict over the next 10 years. An overwhelming majority of groups either have a telecommuting policy in place or are developing one. This has grown drastically since the question was first asked in our 2014 survey. Today, 82% of organizations now support telecommuting or are working on a plan to support it, versus 67% three years ago.