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5 notable nonprofits working out of Wilmington’s Community Service Building

About 80 organizations work out of the building, which has been operating as a hub for nonprofits since 1997.

The Community Service Building. (Screenshot via Google)
Approximately 80 nonprofits in Delaware have offices under one roof in Wilmington.

Built in 1925, the building at 100 W. 10th St. was owned by the Wilmington Trust Company before being bought by DuPont in 1980. In 1997, the building became what it’s known as now: the Community Service Building (managed by the Community Service Building Corporation).
According to executive director Jerry Bilton, the CSB is the country’s largest multi-tenant nonprofit center.
“Our 80 nonprofit tenants greatly benefit by our low, full-service rent, costing half of market at $9.61 per square foot,” said Bilton. “And our free tenant benefits such as parking and conference room use. For these reasons, we have very little turn-over and rarely have space available.”
Bilton said that while CSB Corp. rents to a “great variety” of nonprofit tenants, the organization is not a client-service center — therefore renting only to charitable nonprofits. Sorry, early-stage startups and social entrepreneurs.
Here are five notable organizations that rent space in the CSB.

1. Tech Impact

The Philadelphia-based nonprofit aims to provide other nonprofits with modern technology and tools, though it’s better known for operating and managing Wilmington’s recently launched Zip Code Wilmington. The coding school is currently headquartered within 1105 N. Market St., but according to the CSB Corporation, Tech Impact rents space in their building.

2. Forum to Advance Minorities in Engineering (FAME)

FAME is a nearly 40-year-old nonprofit dedicated to introducing minority and female students to STEM fields. In addition to being nationally recognized for its STEM outreach program, the organization is one leg of the coalition that brings National Robotics Day to Delaware every year.

3. Wilmington Renaissance Corporation

Founded in 1993, the WRC’s objective is to nurture big cultural ideas designed to improve Wilmington. One big cultural idea that has recently come to fruition: Willing Street Artist Village, the city’s shiny new Creative District.

4. Teach for America

The national nonprofit’s local branch is headquartered in the CSB. Perhaps more importantly, the organization’s CSB office houses the Summer Learning Collaborative, which recently spun out of TFA and launched an online platform where summer camps can build customized lesson plans.

5. Wilmington Economic Development Corporation

The other half of Delaware Community Development Corporation, WEDCO’s loan program works to provide funds to “established small businesses” within Wilmington. They’re the money behind LOMA bakery La Fia.

Companies: Zip Code Wilmington / Wilmington Renaissance Corporation / Tech Impact / Teach for America
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