Public Health Institute

Public Health Institute

555 12th St.
Oakland, CA 94706
(510) 285-5500

Matthew Marsom
Sr. Vice President of Programs, Policy and Government Relations

Year organization became a 501(c)(3): 1964
Year of first fiscal sponsorship: 1980
Number of sponsored projects: 67

Fiscal sponsorship fee:
PHI’s fiscal sponsorship fee, aligned with its federally negotiated indirect cost rate, has two tiers: 16.2% of modified total direct costs (total direct costs less equipment with a unit value of $5,000 or more, subawards of subcontracts and grants, and capital improvements); and 4.5% of subcontracts, subgrants, and other subawards. PHI negotiates its federal indirect cost base and rate annually with the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Additional administrative fees may be applicable in some instances.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Aligned mission/values: public health
  • Minimum budget
  • Other: PHI credentials all principal investigators/project directors and selects new projects with good prospects for funding; a commitment to racial equity, diversity and inclusion

Types of projects or services we sponsor:

  • Children, youth and families
  • Health/nutrition: research, training and technical assistance
  • International development
  • Other: PHI does not provide any direct services. Our work comprises research, training, technical assistance, and building local capacity domestically and around the world to improve health for all.

Services we offer projects:

  • Auditing
  • Bill paying
  • Bookkeeping/accounting
  • Computer IT
  • Grants and contracts compliance
  • Human resource management
  • Insurance
  • Legal services
  • Office space: not included in PHI fee, but we negotiate and manage the leases
  • Organizational development: limited
  • Payroll
  • Program and fund development: limited
  • Communications, dissemination and outreach: limited
  • Receiving property and stock donations
  • Tax reporting

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

  • Model A, Direct Project

Organization description:
For 60 years, the Public Health Institute, an independent nonprofit organization, has advanced well-being and health equity with communities around the world. PHI improves health and equity through research, training, technical assistance, policy development and community power building. For more information, visit