The Nonprofit Centers Network is thrilled to announce the Social Purpose Real Estate Summit 2023. Join us October 24-26, 2023 in Detroit, Michigan where we will bring together community real estate professionals and practitioners interested, active, and expert in all aspects of commercial community spaces.

Regular registration closed 9/25.

A few last minute spots available until October 13th through the ‘Register’ button below.

What to expect at the SPRE Summit

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Drive your own experience by choosing the sessions that most closely align with your work and your interests. Do a deep dive into one area, or participate in multiple disciplines, as each session will be marked with the tracks they are most relevant to in the Whova app.

A few of the session tracks:

  • SPRE Development
  • Operations
  • Funding & Finance

See a session guide for different SPRE professionals here.

Plenary Sessions

Hear from thought leaders in social purpose real estate during two plenary sessions. With approximately 500 attendees coming together during these sessions, momentum and movement building around community spaces will be inevitable.

A few topics we may discuss:

  • The future of community development
  • The importance of equity and land control in communities
  • Movement building in social purpose real estate

Confirmed plenary and keynote session details coming soon.

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Workshop Sessions

Choose five innovative and engaging 90 minute sessions out of 35+ options. Participate and learn industry best practices on a broad range of topics in these smaller interactive sessions.

A few of the sessions include:

  • Reckoning, Remembering and Reimagining Within the Built Environment
  • Community Space Impact: Telling the story of shared spaces with data
  • Liberated Land Trust: Building and Securing Black Cultural and Commercial Corridors

See the full session schedule here.

Social purpose real estate Tours

Enrich your experience by adding on a SPRE tour to see community commercial real estate in action around Detroit. Registration required. Each tour will include visits to three different community spaces. With only 160 spots each day, spots are limited and will be first come, first serve.

A few of the SPRE Tour themes:

  • Community Spaces Theme: A few of the stops are the LOVE Building, Durfee Innovation Society, TechTown Detroit and more.
  • Economic Development Theme: A few of the possible stops might include the Eastern Market or Central Station

See the full SPRE Tour details here.

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networking Opportunities

Build your network and grow the collaborative network needed for community real estate by participating in the additional events facilitated by the SPRE Summit.

A few of the places you can connect with other attendees:

  • Opening reception
  • Closing lunch
  • Dine-around dinner
  • Whova conference event app

See the full schedule here.





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Non-NCN Member


Add on a SPRE Tour for $75 each

Want to receive NCN member prices?

Learn more here about how everyone in your organization can get the lower rate by becoming an NCN member,
or reach out to us directly at

Interested in a scholarship?

If you are interested in attending but feel the registration cost is beyond your reach, head to the scholarship form to complete a scholarship application. We are able to give scholarships thanks to the generosity of our sponsors Vancity Community Foundation, Serve Denton, Al Sigl Community of Agencies, IFF, Sobrato Philanthropies, and Tides.

Who else will be there? 

A few of the organizations attending the SPRE Summit

What are attendees most excited for at the SPRE Summit?

As a non-profit leader and operator of a non-profit services center, the SPRE Summit will provide me an opportunity to learn from industry leaders and be exposed to the innovative work happening across the country and in Canada.
Jimiyu Evans
Co-CEO, Project Community Connections, Inc.

I am really looking forward to learning more about the new innovations and ideas that have come out of nonprofit centers and community space development these past couple of years. Connecting with my peers at NCN events is always a motivating and energizing opportunity.
Alice Wagner
Operations Manager, Tides Converge

Thrilled to have NCN bring back its conference for community commercial real estate and nonprofit shared space. Excited to see old friends and meet new community leaders working on social purpose real estate.
Saul Ettlin
Senior Advisor, Community Vision Capital & Consulting

Sharing experiences with other people who operate and support community spaces.  I learn so much from talking with others who do what we do at Serve Denton.  We all have successes and failures, and sharing those experiences helps everyone get a little better.
Pat Smith
Chief Executive Office, Serve Denton

I will be in the company of change makers for better communities. Learning what has worked and what hasn’t, will help better service my clients.  I can be better informed when investigating appropriate sites suitable to the organization as a result.
Linda Loftus
CCIM SIOR MRICS FEA – Broker, Squarefoot Commercial Group


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Cancellation Policy

  • Requests for cancellation must be made in writing by September 24, 2023, to Elizabeth O’Brien at
  • Cancellations requested prior to September 24, 2023, will result in a 100% refund less a $75 processing fee.
  • Cancellations received after September 24, 2023, cannot be refunded due to confirmation of meal and venue costs.