Why The Exchange?
We want to strengthen existing networks, and establish new ones. We want to develop opportunities for collaboration, and build connections not only between individuals and organizations but between innovations and ideas. We want to connect so we all can increase our impact in doing good.
Who are we?
We are individuals and organizations working in the nonprofit, philanthropic or social justice field, taking an approach to work that challenges the natural tendency toward isolated or exclusionary practice. We are colleagues with a vision of building community, sharing energy and creativity with peers, and working alongside others striving to do good and make an impact in the Philadelphia region. We make connections through informal relationship building, program development including peer learning and our speaker series, and face-to-face hellos in our office space.
What is the space like?
Conference room? Intern desk? Private office? The Exchange PHL meets any need, with 6,500 square foot of space including cubicles, office space, and intern half-desks. Conference rooms can accommodate board and committee meetings, and larger rooms are provided by the Friends Center on a room credit basis.
How does it work?
The Exchange PHL is a self-managed, member-run organization. All organizations hold individual lease agreements with the Friends Center. An appointed liaison manages communication with building staff and management, including negotiating lease agreements on behalf of all member organizations. With our flexible desk and space options, we welcome short-term agreements as well as arrangements for temporary or drop-in staff.
Where are we?
The Exchange is located in the historic Friends Center, home to dozens of nonprofit organizations and a hub for Quaker activity and peace and justice work in Philadelphia and beyond, as well as a recognized landmark for green building and environmental consciousness. Housed at 15th and Cherry Streets, we are centrally located – within the bustle of Center City activity, and walking distance to Septa train, trolley and regional rail lines.