Fiscal Sponsorship: 6  Ways To Do It Right


Erin Bradrick takes your questions

Considerations for fiscal sponsors

Fiscal sponsorship’s origins (part 2)

Fiscal sponsorship’s origins (part 1 of 2)

LEAD STORY: IRS’ “benign neglect” — existing rules guide the sector by Greg Colvin Part 3

This is part of a series of excerpts, edited by Marjorie Beggs, from Fiscal Sponsor Conversations (formerly Covid Conversations), a weekly virtual discussion forum.  

Oliver Hack, forum co-moderator: Greg, you gave an example earlier of something that happened with fiscal sponsor International Humanities Center and how that triggered [an enforcement response]. I think we’re particularly susceptible — if one of our practices goes under in a devastating way, it potentially could affect all of us. So, where do we think the IRS is right now in how it regards fiscal sponsorship?

Greg Colvin: I have to say, and fingers crossed, it’s been benign neglect for the last 30 years, and we’d like to keep it that way. Even more than that, the IRS, in various quiet ways, has been supporting fiscal sponsorship. IRS’ internal training materials tell its agents that fiscal sponsorship is okay. Also, after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the IRS recommended that rather than start new organizations, those who wanted to raise money for relief and support of displaced people should use existing organizations and set up projects through them.. MORE

OTHER NEWS: Oversight and control: Fiscal sponsors’ legal obligations to their projects by Erin Bradrick, Principal, NEO Law Group

The following are excerpts, edited by Marjorie Beggs, from Erin Bradrick’s presentation at Covid Conversations, March 2, 2021  

Oliver Hack: Welcome, Erin, to our forum. Everyone, this is not legal advice from Erin, but I’m hoping she can help us understand obligations and concepts like power, control and oversight. Erin, if you can help us draw a circle around this, how far does it go? MORE

Fiscal sponsorship models and how they evolved by Greg Colvin Part 2

So how many ways are there to do fiscal sponsorship right? Frankly, if we had left it to the IRS to define fiscal sponsorship, they probably would’ve come up with only one way. The alternatives we developed allow much more flexibility in the vehicles that can be used to sponsor projects.  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. To update your profile send us an email. 

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 356 sponsors in 42 states, three in Puerto Rico and one in Canada.

The Fiscal Sponsor Directory thanks its supporters for their generosity. “It’s an honor on behalf of Nonstop Wellness and personally to provide support to San Francisco Study Center and its Fiscal Sponsor Directory. In an era of “fake news,”  targeted (and often abusive) political advertising and the deepening decay of polarized politics, Study Center stands apart — a throwback to the era when journalists were committed to the notion of a democratic society with true pillars of representation. Thank you for your team’s caring commitment and credible voice. It’s a privilege to support the Fiscal Sponsor Directory and the larger vision of your mission.” — David Sloves, CEO, Nonstop Wellness, Study Center’s Benefits Administrator
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. LEARN MORE
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.   CONTACT