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San Francisco Study Center has served the community for 51 years and provided fiscal sponsorship for 48.

San Francisco Study Center
1663 Mission St., Suite 504
San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 626-1650

Geoff Link
Executive Director

Year organization became a 501(c)(3): 1972
Year of first fiscal sponsorship: 1975
Number of sponsored projects: 53

Fiscal sponsorship fee:
10% for donations and most foundation funding, up to 15% for public-agency funding.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Aligned mission/values
  • Other: We are open to most projects with a charitable or educational purpose. But you must be able to demonstrate community support.

Types of projects or services we sponsor:

  • Arts and culture
  • Children, youth and families
  • Drug treatment
  • Economic development
  • Education
  • Environment/sustainable growth
  • Festivals and events
  • Health/nutrition
  • Mental health
  • People or communities of color/minorities
  • Political advocacy/social justice
  • Social services
  • Transportation
  • Women
  • Youth development
  • Other: Publications

Services we offer projects:

  • Auditing
  • Bill paying
  • Bookkeeping/accounting
  • Human resource management
  • Insurance
  • Legal services
  • Organizational development
  • Payroll
  • Receiving property and stock donations
  • Tax reporting
  • Other: Editorial and graphic design. Publishing, web development, marketing and distribution.

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

  • Model A, Direct Project
  • Model B, Independent Contractor Project
  • Model C, Preapproved Grant Relationship
  • Model F, Technical Assistance

Organization description:
Study Center’s mission is to help community services be successful. As a fiscal sponsor, we do this by managing each program budget under time-tested fiscal policies and procedures, assuring projects of accountable accounting. The majority of our projects are human services and community arts projects. We also can assist with any aspect of print publishing, from writing and editing to photography and design to publishing and marketing. Our forte is journalistic special reports, all manner of periodicals and curriculum materials, including program manuals.