The Learners Lab Foundation Tax-exempt Small Business Collaborative

The Learners Lab Foundation Tax-Exempt Small Business Collaborative (TLLF-TSBC)™

Berlin U.S. Route 50
Maryland | DelMarVa

TO APPLY: send a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) to

Year organization became a 501(c)(3): 2015
Year of first fiscal sponsorship: 2015
Number of sponsored projects: 37

Fiscal sponsorship fee:
We have the following fees, all nominal: Fiscal Sponsorship application: fixed rate based on Categories 1-4; program registration: flat rate; admin fee: only one on a sliding scale (we have an Auto-Calc now available in our awardee welcome package; service/other fees: TBD, assessed in real time based on several factors including in-house delivery vs. use of external partners.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Geographic: Nationally, including U.S. territories
  • Other: Fiscal sponsorships are determined by our ability to assist with compliance and operational needs of the applicant as articulated in the FS application; approvals are determined by the Review Panel & Audit Committee. Category 4: Grant Donation & Processing Fiscal Sponsorships (Model C) have resumed.

Types of projects or services we sponsor:

  • Other: We serve all 501cs across all 25+ IRS designations, from the idea stage to 5 years of operation after receiving their IRS determination letter. This includes for-profits transitioning to non-stock 501cs. We were established to connect you with the business assets you require but are either denied access to or unable to access directly on your own.

Services we offer projects:

  • Auditing
  • Bill paying
  • Bookkeeping/accounting
  • Computer IT
  • Human resource management
  • Office space (pending)
  • Organizational development
  • Receiving property and stock donations
  • Other: Lending services (pending)

Based on Fiscal Sponsorship: 6 Ways to Do It Right: Our model(s) of fiscal sponsorship are:

  • Model C, Preapproved Grant Relationship
  • Model F, Technical Assistance

Model C: Pre Approved Grant Relationship.
Our Fellowship Academy has expanded but we have not welcomed new Fellows to our Grant Writer/Development Program. Grant Writing Professionals (GWP) are still available from our registration pool, and The Foundation continues to provide proposal review & analysis (gPRA) provided the submission package only requires feedback/compliance review before it is submitted.

Model F: Technical Assistance.
Our TA process/program is as follows: Awardee lists need on application; spells out how it’s needed for registration; solution formed by LLC (Foundation parent); awardee captures need: As service discounted from LLC (complimentary when feasible), as discount package from LLC + partner, mentor, SME, vendor partner or other collaborative stakeholder(s); after LLC arranges discount for delivery by partner, mentor, SME, vendor partner & other collaborative stakeholder delivers; LLC oversees life cycle, audits for completion,  closes out TA segment of FS award.

Organization description:
TLLF-TSBC™ has always been the charitable version of the SBA + Depts. of Commerce, Labor, Education & GSA in a 1-woman shop. The work hasn’t changed but its size just went from 1 to 25. Since 1980, the parent LLC sponsored biz development, proposal assistance, small $1 lending, data/IT, asset acquisition, recruiting, job training & other services to help 501c startups, entrepreneurs and tax-exempt small businesses progress.  To help keep things going, TSBC just launched ThriftStore Finds, an online auction. Much more coming including a Podcast Forum, Natl Chamber, Founders Assn, Startup2SmBiz Market Xchange & Natl 501c Federal Credit Union.