Tramway houses an incredible 15 nonprofits and one triple bottom line enterprise.  It is a shared space not to be missed.  Located in northeast Denver at 35th Avenue & Franklin Street, the Tramway Nonprofit Center occupies a full city block.  As Rebecca Landau, the ULC property manager who works with the tenants of Tramway puts it, these enterprises are a shining star in the Denver community who are work tirelessly contributing to both the social and economic growth of our town.  The inner workings of Tramway focus on: early childhood policy advocacy and programming, work force development, youth development, environmental stewardship, energy efficiency, collaboration, and inclusion.

Tramway facilitates collaboration both in its facility design and simple, yet intentional programming.

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Set The Stage
Through its physical design, Tramway fosters collaboration between tenants. When asked what are the ways in which Tramway facilitates collaboration, Rebecca states, “The infrastructure supports collaboration between the organizations by providing common spaces that encourage casual encounters throughout the day.”  Simply put, the space itself fosters collaborative encounters. Tramway has multiple areas in the building whereby tenants can easily find seating and engage in formal and informal discussions.  There are open seating areas peppered throughout the building as well as more formal meeting rooms for tenants to share presentations and have more private meetings if needed.

Encourage The People
Through intentional programming, Tramway brings together various tenants to connect with each other.  Tramway shows this programming may be easier than it seems.  Rebecca shared that, “collaboration occurs through hosting social occasions, a regular partner meeting that shares successes, resources and facility updates, and team activities such as block parties.”  These social occasions can be as simple as a lunch.  It is amazing what can transpire when you bring food and people together.

Why Collaboration Matters
Collaboration is of particular significance in today’s nonprofit and public purpose industry.  On a practical level, it is important as more and more foundations are including collaboration as part of their RFPs.  Furthermore, collaboration has shown to strengthen organizations capacity to meet goals and objectives and enhance impact.