“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: Sponsors urge collective action to reverse exclusionary practices

Microsoft, Google, others exclude nonexempt projects

Nonprofit Quarterly last week published an “Open Letter from the Nonprofit World to Tech Giants” and, that same day, the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors sent out a membership call to arms.

In the NQ “Open letter,” staff members of two prominent fiscal sponsors took Google for Nonprofits, Amazon Smile and others to task for barring grant applications from fiscally sponsored projects despite the fact the tech giants’ donations would be tax-deductible.
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

Some Model C projects opt to run campaigns without their sponsors

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. 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

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 286 sponsors in 37 states, three 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.