At Paradigm, we view our properties not just as physical spaces, but as communities. We think it’s critical to foster a sense of camaraderie between the companies and employees who work in the buildings.

One great example of how we foster these connections can be found at the NonProfit Center in downtown Boston. Located near South Station and Boston’s burgeoning Innovation District, this property offers 105,000 sq. ft. of office space for nonprofits. We think it’s important to foster connections among seemingly disparate nonprofits to help create relationships and innovations that can bring about meaningful enhancement to their respective missions.

How do we make that happen?

Quarterly Tenant Breakfast: We supply breakfast for all tenants in the building. It allows us to welcome any new members to the community. New tenants share a little about their organization and mission and existing tenants can ask questions to learn more about their goals.

Quarterly Tenant Advisory Meeting: We host a meeting, with catered lunch, each quarter and invite the operations contact for each tenant to attend. Here, we discuss property management updates, available space, upcoming events, and upcoming programs. It also provides a forum for tenants to ask us questions.

Thanksgiving Party: This is the biggest party of the year. We provide a full Thanksgiving meal for tenants. We also have an annual talent show for the party in which talented individuals from around the building perform. Sometimes there is a prize, other times it’s just for fun.

Low-key events: It may be an Ice Cream Social where we supply ice cream and tenants gather in our conference spaces to network over some scoops. We also host BYOB Happy Hours in the courtyard space in the warmer months. If all that sounds unhealthy, we also host a health fair at which vendors provide such treats as healthy smoothies, chair massages, and health screenings to hardworking employees.

These events bring employees out of their workspaces to foster new relationships. Who knows? Maybe the next great innovation in the nonprofit world will get its start thanks to the strong community we’ve facilitated at the NonProfit Center.