Wondering how you can avoid all the paperwork and filing fees for becoming a 501c3 nonprofit organization, but still be able to apply for grants and offer donors a tax deduction? Fiscal Sponsorship is the solution for your project or new nonprofit. It’s simple. As a project or program of an existing 501c3, you can operate your organization, further your mission and help people! You can even fundraise to cover the start up fees to eventually become a fully operational independent organization. You need only partner with an existing 501c3 organization who is willing to sponsor your organization. The purpose of the 501c3 must be able to encompass the work that your organization intends to do. Our services include determining that the purposes are legally similar enough to enter into this kind of relationship.
Fiscal Sponsorship is a great way for the existing 501c3 organization to help incubate projects that will further the mission and purpose of your organization. This looks good for you as an organization and is great for leveraging funds. These kinds of partnerships benefit everyone involved.
Below you will find a list of Fiscal Sponsorship Organization across the nation.
48 West 21st Street, #907; New York, NY 10010
tel: (212) 727-0764
Dance Films Association was started in 1956 with a mission to foster dance on camera films. As an international known membership organization, DFA connects artists and organizations, fosters new works for new audiences, and shares essential resources. DFA seeks to be a catalyst for innovation in and preservation of dance on camera. DFA offers fiscal sponsorship to filmmakers, choreographers, dancers, musicians, and other artists who are creating dance on camera, which covers a wide range of film experiences from experimental to documentary.
2150 Allston Way; Ste. 450, Berkeley, CA 94704
tel: (510) 859-9100
Earth Island Institute develops and supports projects that counteract threats to the biological and cultural diversity that sustain the environment. As an alternative to dozens of separate nonprofits, each duplicating basic administrative functions, EII is a consortium of more than thirty grassroots campaigns, each functioning independently while sharing resources and benefiting from the synergistic exchange of experience, ideas, and energy.
Earth Island Institute provides non-profit sponsorship and administrative services for new and existing Projects. In addition, we provide our Projects with assistance in strategic planning, public outreach, fundraising, and other resources and services that maximize the effectiveness and quality of their collective efforts.
248 West 35th St. #1202, New York, NY, 10001
tel: (212) 624-5851
Fractured Atlas is a national nonprofit arts service organization. Our fiscal sponsorship program is open to independent artists and emerging arts organizations nationally working in any artistic discipline. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and approved monthly. Projects manage a sponsored fund through our unique online tool kit on our website and you must have regular access to the internet to participate.
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)
20 Jay Street, Ste 740, New York, NY 11201
tel: (212) 366-6900
fax: (212) 366-1778
NYFA’s mission is to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives. NYFA is the largest provider of grants, services, and information to artists working in all disciplines in the United States.
Public Health Foundation Enterprises (PHFE)
12801 Crossroads Parkway South, Suite 200, City of Industry, CA 91746
tel: (562) 699-7320
PHFE provides a wide array of infrastructure management and support services including direct consulting services to public health departments, nonprofits and foundations throughout the country.
Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE)
22231 Mulholland Hwy, Ste 209, Calabasas, CA 91302
tel: (818) 225-9150
fax: (818) 225-9151
Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE) is an organization of member groups whose purpose is to encourage and facilitate activism from both local and global perspectives. It is a 501(c)(3) public charity providing nonprofit status, start-up guidance, and other services to member groups. SEE accepts individual activities and large organizations, start-up initiatives and established groups. SEE projects are active on every continent. We welcome all committed, passionate citizens from all corners of the globe to join the Social & Environmental Entrepreneurs.
Bay Area and Northern California
4 N Second Street, Suite 500, San Jose, CA 95113
tel: (408) 998-2787
Arts Council Silicon Valley is a private, nonprofit arts organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Santa Clara County residents by supporting arts and culture throughout the county. For 25 years, we have provided funding, advocacy, marketing and fundraising services to the region’s arts organizations and artists. We also provide fiscal sponsorship to small art organizations or projects.
354 Pine Street, Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94104
tel: (415) 230-7700
Community Initiatives provides all models of fiscal sponsorship in all fields. For example, we incubate start-up organizations, provide a platform for foundation collaborations and public/private partnerships with city governments, as well as sponsor projects of limited duration.
110 Gough Street, Suite 201-A, San Francisco, CA 94102
tel: (415) 861-5302
Independent Arts & Media provides fiscal sponsorship to projects that expand civic discourse by increasing access to independent voices.
446 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
tel: (415) 626-2787 x 102
The Intersection Incubator provides its members with assistance in funding, developing, and promoting their artistic work. A full program of services and partnerships is available, including continuing educations, networking opportunities, access to consultants and resources for fundraising. Through fiscal sponsorship in particular, the program encourages funding agencies and contributors to take risks in funding new projects and emerging artists, ensuring that funds are well-managed and spent according to the funder’s guidelines.
555 – 12th Street, 10th Floor, Oakland, CA 94607
tel: (510) 285-5500
The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, the Public Health Institute focuses its efforts in two distinct, but complementary ways. PHI promotes and sustains independent, innovative research, training and demonstration programs—many in collaboration with the private health care system and community-based organizations. PHI also serves as a partner with government to support its role in assessment, policy development and assurance.The Institute also acts as a fiscal sponsor for independent or soon-to-be independent organizations. Administrative and technical assistance support services include accounting and financial management; development support; contract and grant administration; corporate legal counsel; human resource functions including recruitment, benefits, and payroll; and public relations and communications.
6008 College Ave., Suite 10; Oakland, CA 94618
tel: (510) 658-0702
The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment was founded by Jill Ratner and Tim Little in 1992. The Foundation is dedicated to the memory of Rose Ratner, whose wit, wisdom and commitment were forged in the neighborhoods of Chicago over the course of 50 years of community activism.
San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music (SFFCM) Affiliate Program
3701 Sacramento Street, PMB 357, San Francisco, CA, 94118-1705
tel: (415) 710-0551 fax: (415) 820-1530
email: Fund for Southern Communities
4285 Memorial Drive, Suite G, Decatur, Georgia 30032-1230
tel: (404) 292-7600
The Fund for Southern Communities houses projects involved in building just and sustainable communities in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. They act as a fiscal agent, requiring projects to do their own payroll processing and accounting.