New York Foundation for the Arts

New York Foundation for the Arts

20 Jay St., Suite 740
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(212) 366-6900 ext. 220

Madeleine Cutrona
Senior Program Officer

Year organization became a 501(c)(3): 1971
Year of first fiscal sponsorship: 1971
Number of sponsored projects: 350

Fiscal sponsorship fee:
Percentage based upon the funds raised: 8% for $0–$500,000; 6% for $501,000–$2,000,000; 4% for $2,000,001 and greater  

Eligibility criteria:

  • Aligned mission/values
  • Minimum budget: $15,000
  • Other: We sponsor in all disciplines as long as the project or organization has arts-related activities with a nonprofit focus. We sponsor nationwide and U.S. artists with international projects. More information on our guidelines can be found on

Types of projects or services we sponsor:

  • Arts and culture

Services we offer projects:

  • Bill paying
  • Bookkeeping/accounting
  • Organizational development
  • Payroll
  • Tax reporting
  • Other: We review and give feedback on grant proposals, letters of inquiry, contribution letters, etc. We generate all of the 1099s for the independent contractor of all our sponsored projects and organizations for tax purposes on request. Our sponsorees get free listings on NYFA’s calendar of events on our Website. We give one-on-one consultations to discuss giving benefits, project or organizational development and any other issues our sponsored artists wish to discuss at no extra charge.

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

  • Model C, Preapproved Grant Relationship

Organization description:
NYFA is a large, well-established arts service organization. Our mission is to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives. Our core programs include a well-developed fiscal sponsorship program (national scope), the NYFA Source database with listings of over 8,000 awards, grants, services and opportunities for artists (national scope), and our fellowship program (New York state only), giving $7,000 in unrestricted funds to over 100 artists every year.