All Good Work opens at CommonGrounds in San Jose

Guest Blogpost – Rick Jensen, San Jose Downtown Association

All Good Work held its Silicon Valley kickoff event Nov. 14 at CommonGrounds.  The New York City-based foundation hooks local non-profits up with co-working environments including NextSpace and CommonGrounds that have extra room..All Good Work is located at 18 South Second Street, San Jose.

All Good work has already helped its first Silicon Valley philanthropy, the urban community farm Veggilution, to find office space Downtown, at NextSpace on Second Street. Other local non-profits have signed up – African Diaspora Network, San Jose Spotlight and Somos Mayfair.

Co-founder and Executive Director Nate Heasley said the decision to expand to Silicon Valley made sense because the real estate market is similar to that of New York City.

“A lot of non-profits fear being priced out of the market,” he said.

Statistics show that 43 percent of local non-profits have annual budgets of less than $1 million, which they would rather spend on their social cause than on rents.

“We set out to create a social responsibility program for the co-working industry,” said Headley, who has already enlisted 15 co-working spaces in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. “It’s thanks to the generosity of our workspace Hosts that we’re able to help nonprofit organizations by placing them into local co-working communities, where they can get the support and infrastructure they need to follow this vision and fulfill their growth objectives.”

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo agreed: “:We’re use to doing innovation here in Silicon Valley. But we’re also happy to take good ideas that come from elsewhere, like All Good Work.”

The following San Jose Host workspaces have already donated seats to the All Good Work Foundation’s Social Impact Residency Program:

Other coworking spaces and business centers in the San Jose area interested in joining the program are encouraged to contact Amy Feldman, Program Director for Valley, 408 686-4542.