Nonprofit Commons was designed to lower the barriers of access to technologies like virtual worlds, to create a community of practice for nonprofits to explore, learn, and to investigate the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize these unique environments. Through this community, we provide free office space to qualifying groups, host virtual networking events and weekly community meetings sharing best practices, workshops, and other peer-led professional learning.

We believe that a virtual environment is a wonderful place not just to entertain, but also to educate, inspire, and work together to assist our fellow avatars (and the humans behind them). You do not have to be a member of the Nonprofit Commons to get involved with our community. We welcome all who wish to join us as partners, collaborators, or supporters.

Our Mission

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons is to create a community of practice for social-good to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits and others might utilize these unique virtual environments to achieve their missions.


Nonprofit Commons is a nonprofit community of practice, consisting of two virtual locations (sims), the initial sim Plush Nonprofit Commons is generously donated by Anshe Chung Studios. Housing social benefit organizations from around the globe, the Nonprofit Commons is currently managed by a community of volunteers, sponsored by the nonprofit AvaCon, Inc., and was originally founded by Susan Tenby of TechSoup.

Join Us!

Members of Nonprofit Commons meet each Friday at 8:30 PST/SLT at Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater. Visitors are always welcome to join us in making a difference one pixel at a time.

Nonprofit Commons is focused around the goal of peer-learning. We encourage community members and others to present their work or research in virtual environments, tour their virtual projects or events, and lead mini-workshops in relevant technology, fundraising, and organizational development topics.

We encourage you to sign up to present at an upcoming Nonprofit Commons meeting HERE.

Nonprofit Commons Virtual Office Space

If you are a nonprofit, educational project, library, civic, community, cultural organization, support group, or other social good focused group, you can sign up for free virtual office space at Nonprofit Commons in Second Life.

Fill out the form for a Nonprofit Commons virtual space HERE.

For more information, please email the Nonprofit Commons management team at community@nonprofitcommons.com