Why Kota?

 
 

In the spring of 2014, an online survey was sent to over 100 organizations working with women’s issues in order to find out whether there was a need for a collaborative space and services in NYC. The results indicated an overwhelming lack of affordable office, conference, and event space. We seek to address this need. The survey was conducted as a follow-up to a small survey done in 2012, which showed quite a significant need for office, conference, event space, and lodging for visitors among nonprofit organizations.

We at Kota seek to address this need, thereby helping NGOs reduce their overhead and focus on their core programs for women’s empowerment. We believe gathering like-minded change-makers under one roof will increase the chance of creative and impromptu exchanges–leading to innovative new approaches to women’s empowerment.

 
A pie chart showing the responses to our 2014 survey.

A pie chart showing the responses to our 2014 survey.

 
 

Why New York?

 
Photo Credit to  Neptuul [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Credit to  Neptuul [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

 New York City, as a hub for NGOs promoting women’s rights around the world, is the Center’s most logical location. Sharing space with other organizations with the same goals will facilitate the sharing of resources, knowledge and experience. A common space will enable organizations to keep overhead costs low, while hosting events and renting to tenants will generate revenue for our common cause. Finally, it will create jobs in New York City, and provide enough space to enable NGOs to host and mentor interns and volunteers.

 

How will Kota be financially viable?

 
Architectural rendering of what our building may look like. Credit goes to esteemed Toshiko Mori Architect PLLC (© 2013). We are very grateful for their support.

Architectural rendering of what our building may look like. Credit goes to esteemed Toshiko Mori Architect PLLC (© 2013). We are very grateful for their support.

 

The center is intended to function as a social enterprise. The exact components will depend much on the actual property available and the amount of donor funding. A detailed business plan has been developed using a previously available, realistic property. This is available to serious social impact investors and funders. Please contact jaana@kota-alliance.org.

 

Is this the same as the Women's Building (on 11th Ave @ 20th St)?

 

            No, the two centers will complement each other! See our detailed blog post from October 31, 2015.