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    “That proves you are unusual, returned the Scarecrow; and I am convinced the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed.”                                                                           (Lyman Frank Baum)

Considerations

 

 

Clare Oasis is exploring two potential scenarios in the development of The Clare Oasis Center: buying an existing building and undertaking renovation; and buying land for new construction. With the guidance of The NonprofitCenter Network, Clare Oasis is working with developers, consultants, government officials and architectural and urban planning.

 

The tentative core criteria being considered include:

 

     Size and Space

  • 12+ acres of land. We anticipate a center with multiple buildings. The
    Gathering Center (the hub of our nonprofit organizations, meeting spaces,
    services and programs), Apartment Complex,  Retreat Center, Youth
    Center, All Season Gazebo and Parking Structure, as well as, Outdoor 
    Green Space.
  • Space that promotes safety, welcome, flow, light and a sense of community.
  • Full accessibility.
  • Energy-efficient and environmentally appropriate.

 

     Location

  • Accessible to public transport: directly accessible by bus.
  • Appropriate for organizations serving multiple constituencies throughout
    Milwaukee – is accessible metro-wide.
  • In proximity to the lake, downtown and emergency services.
  • Specific South Side locations — Bay View, Cudahy, Saint Francis and South Milwaukee.

 

     Funding Opportunities

  • Cash and Carry: Grants, contributions, matching gifts, payroll deductions,
    matching employee volunteer hours         
  • In-Kind Support: Products, events and meeting facilities, office space, gallery
    space, printing and other in-kind services, donated equipment, surplus
    furniture, office machines, paper, etc.
  • People Power: Volunteers, loaned executives, board members, specilized
    expertise
  • Sponsorship: Events, campaigns, advertisements
  • Consumer Philanthropy: Self-produced products, designer-produced products
  • Civic Leadership: Advocacy—testimony on behalf of legislative or regulatory
    changes; letters writing; endorsements
  • Loans: Working capital, facility-related

 

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