The Knight Nonprofit Center is named in recognition of the Knight Foundation's generous contribution to the purchase of the facility. The building, located on Seaway Road, is jointly owned by United Way of South Mississippi, Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Gulf Coast Business Council Research Foundation.
The center now provides permanent, affordable office space to over 30 nonprofit organizations. The 73,000 square-foot property has undergone extensive renovations, designed by JBHM Architects, to increase the common spaces, facilities and resources among tenants.
In September 2007, Knight Foundation awarded a $2,355,000 grant to buy and renovate the building housing the center to encourage a stronger, more viable local nonprofit sector. Knight Foundation’s funds also cover technical assistance, training and outreach programs for area nonprofits.
The Nonprofit Center provides tenant organizations:
Stability through affordable, stable rents
Resources from shared infrastructure
Synergy through a collaborative environment that serves both tenant organizations and other nonprofits
Exposure for all area nonprofits through greater community visibility