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'One Mission Under One Roof' Approach to Kentucky's Quality of Life

PHOTO: A Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky project, (c)space, will bring together, under one roof, those working to improve Kentuckians health and quality of life. Photo courtesy Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
PHOTO: A Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky project, (c)space, will bring together, under one roof, those working to improve Kentuckians health and quality of life. Photo courtesy Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
May 15, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Nonprofit health advocacy groups have a new way to further their efforts to improve the quality of life for Kentuckians. With the catchy title of (c)space – a play on the tax-exempt status of nonprofit 501(c)(3) groups – those organizations can now work on the same mission in the same place.

The (c)space is located in the same Louisville building that houses the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. It includes private offices, individual workstations and shared work space. The project is being led by the foundation's Chief Operating Officer, Mary Jo Shircliffe.

"So many nonprofit organizations work in isolation," says Shircliffe, "and I think there can be a lot more synergy through collaboration."

The idea, says Shircliffe, is to create a mix of nonprofits that advocate or do research on health issues along with those who assist the organizations.

"Maybe a consultant that understands how to evaluate programs, whether or not they work or they don't work well," she explains. "We could have an attorney here that may be a for-profit attorney that works a lot with nonprofits, or a CPA."

She says offering affordable rent for co-working space is an innovative way the foundation can invest in its mission of improving the health of Kentuckians.

"You work towards a mix of people that play well together and work well together, brushing shoulders with each other and learning from each other," she adds.

An open house is planned at (c)space on Monday, May 19. There's more information on the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky website.

Greg Stotelmyer , Public News Service - KY