A Deeper Commitment to Colorado’s Nonprofit Sector
Forte Commercial Real Estate, a Denver-based corporate and nonprofit real estate advisory firm, recently welcomed Patrice Berry to co-lead the firm’s nonprofit and social enterprise practice, branded as “Forte Community Real Estate.”
Berry’s primary focus is to serve the needs of Forte’s nonprofit and social enterprise clients, including creative industry (artists, galleries, marketing and media firms), public sector (public entities, public affairs, lobbying and PR), and for-profit entities with a community mission.
“Patrice’s heartfelt commitment to the community and her persistence in helping clients find the best possible outcomes make her the perfect fit for us,” said Dustin Whistler, principal at Forte Commercial Real Estate. “Her dedication to volunteerism and experience running her small family foundation fit right in with our values and culture.”
According to the Colorado Nonprofit Economic Impact Study, Colorado’s nonprofit sector is thriving, with more than 23,000 organizations statewide. It employs more than 5% of the state’s workforce (330,000 direct and indirect jobs) and accounts for approximately $40 billion in economic impact, which is more than 11%
Since starting its Community Real Estate practice five years ago, Forte has served a wide range of the sector’s clients, including Colorado Health Cooperative, Colorado Cross Disability Coalition, Clinica Colorado, the SCFD, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Mental Health Colorado, Central City Opera, Morris Animal Foundation, Pop Culture Classroom, Judaism Your Way, Taloma Partners, EIS Solutions, Colorado Photographic Arts Center and the Second Wind Fund. In addition, Forte has built a practice dedicated to creating nonprofit collaboratives.
Beyond helping clients navigate their real estate needs, Forte also devotes time and expertise to addressing the challenges of commercial space affordability and gentrification. Each member of the firm gives back by volunteering and participating in boards and committees.
“I love the mission-focused niche Forte has grown. Its commitment to the community and passion for issues that also matter to me make me proud to be here,” said Berry.
An Ohio native, Patrice also lived in Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Seattle before settling in Colorado 20 years ago. Patrice was broker at a Coldwell Banker Commercial affiliate and at Dunton Real Estate. She has also operated her own independent firm. Her goal has been to fight for the real estate needs of small business.
Berry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Santa Barbara. Outside of work, Patrice likes to hike, ski, snowshoe, support the arts and is one of the newest members of The Spirituals Project Choir. She lives in Littleton, is married, has three grown children and one sweet rescue dog.
Forte Commercial Real Estate is a Denver-based corporate and nonprofit real estate advisory firm serving clients nationwide within the Bioscience, Manufacturing, Outdoor & Apparel, Nonprofit/Social Enterprise, Technology/Software and Private Equity industries. The firm’s services include innovative strategies for office or industrial property lease administration, project management and development, transaction management, tenant representation, valuation, and counsel.