LEAD STORY: Crowdfunding: ‘It’s on a trajectory’

Fiscal sponsorship’s role in the boom

A fiscally sponsored community group went looking for $750 to paint a mural in downtown Memphis. Across the country, in Berkeley, a fiscally sponsored publishing house sought $150,000 to help support its operations while it moved toward becoming tax exempt. Both met their goals — even exceeded them — via crowdfunding., which collects statistics and studies from 18,000 sources worldwide, says U.S. crowdfunding is expected to reach $1 billion in 2018 and to grow more than 10% a year through 2022. More than 67,000 campaigns in 2016 brought in an average $5,500. According to the research firm Massolution, 10% of those campaigns funded social causes, and NextGenCrowdfunding says donors and investors add their money to campaigns at 3,500 Internet sites internationally.  MORE


Community Partners L.A. starts a trend: regional meetings

It began in California has made its way across the country as fiscal sponsors have taken to organizing regional networking events to share information, ideas, strategies and common concerns. MORE


Fiscal sponsor’s bold role in removing Confederate statues in New Orleans

At the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors’ annual meeting, in a cradle of the Confederacy, the Foundation for Louisiana shared the challenges it faced when it stepped in to help New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu “choose a better future” for the city, starting with the removal of public tributes to a terrible past. 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.

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The Directory features more than 250 sponsors in 36 states.


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.”

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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.