“Speed Sisters” doc crowdfunded through its sponsor, Women Make Movies

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Growing nonprofit sector in Puerto Rico — key to massive rebuild

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“Transgender Tuesdays”
crowdfunding campaign

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Growing numbers of fiscal
sponsors and their projects
use crowdfunding

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Fiscal sponsor provides cover
in removing Confederate

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LEAD STORY: Some Model C projects opt to run campaigns without their sponsors

Crowdfunding with a fiscal sponsor — or not

Fractured Atlas provides Model C fiscal sponsorship to arts and culture projects of all sizes from coast to coast, and offered crowdfunding exclusively through Indiegogo. That changed last year when it began shifting crowdfunding to its own site through its own app. Today, Fractured Atlas projects can use any crowdfunding platform they want but must use its app if they want to offer campaign backers a tax deduction.

Many fiscally sponsored projects ask their sponsors to manage their crowdfunding campaigns, so backers get the benefit of a tax deduction. Others crowdfund on their own, forgoing the tax incentive. This story explains both approaches. MORE

Pioneering Puerto Rican fiscal sponsor leads grass-roots hurricane recovery effort

In the seven months since Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the storms’ wreckage still dominates daily life. Running water, electricity, clear roads and stable buildings remain elusive across the Caribbean commonwealth. MORE

Crowdfunding in flux —Rules of the game changing as platforms come, go, evolve

Rules of the game changing as platforms come, go, evolve
Unlike a project’s Website that serves as a platform for raising money with a donate button linked to a fiscal sponsor’s bank account, a crowdfunding platform is most always a for-profit operation, designed, for a price, to funnel many donations to a campaign — any cause that has its own page on the platform’s site. MORE

Fiscal sponsors: create or update your agency profile helps connect community projects with fiscal sponsors. San Francisco Study Center created and maintains this directory based on self-reported information from the fiscal sponsors listed. Create your listing and help projects and other nonprofits find you fast. 

Projects: Find a fiscal sponsor

Use the directory to find the fiscal sponsor that best fits for what you do. To search by state: click on the map links below.

Search fiscal sponsors by state
The Directory features more than 250 sponsors in 36 states, one in Puerto Rico and one in Canada.


An “essential” resource

Attorney Gregory L. Colvin’s Fiscal Sponsorship: 6 Ways to Do It Right describes the six sponsorship models approved and accepted by the IRS and how they work. First published in 1993 and revised several times, it remains, says Kirke Wilson, former president of the Rosenberg Foundation, “an essential part of the library of every grantmaker and grantseeker considering some form of fiscal sponsorship.”

Adler Colvin Brand
Nonprofit law leaders

Adler & Colvin is deeply committed to serving the legal needs of the nonprofit sector. We bring experience and passion to our representation of tax-exempt organizations and individual philanthropists in the areas of fiscal sponsorship, charitable gift planning, grantmaking and social investing, nonprofit governance and ethics, revenue-generating activities, social enterprise, tax treatment of lobbying and political activities.


Experienced fiscal sponsorshipLogo of the San Francisco Study Center

Study Center sponsored its first fiscal project in 1975. We’ve been doing it right ever since. Savvy staff provide a spectrum of community services, serving as a sounding board for projects needing help getting started and a resource for those needing admin support. Our primary focus, financial management, uses a state-of-the-art system to keep you up to date and your project budget on track. Our mission is to help you succeed. Contact Executive Director Geoff Link for more information.