Fiscal Sponsorship

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Dancers’ Group’s Fiscal Sponsorship Program provides administrative support and guidance to choreographers and dance organizations, working in a variety of disciplines, so that they may produce community and performance projects; and ensures funding agencies and contributors that donations and grants received on behalf of the artists/projects are well-managed and funds are disbursed according to the grant proposal and their guidelines.

Dancers’ Group fiscally sponsors over 120 artists and companies. To support a project, click here.

Criteria
Dancers’ Group will consider projects for sponsorship if they are:

  • Dance, including multi-disciplinary works or projects
  • Serving community needs
  • Serious in intent and well-planned
  • Responsible about proper reporting to funding sources and to the IRS
  • Showing potential for future development
  • Non-legislative

Services
As a fiscally sponsored project, Dancers’ Group will provide:

  • Sponsorship of grant applications and administration of grant funds through a pre-approved grant relationship
  • Formal acknowledgment to funding sources of all contributions and monitoring of expenditures to ensure that they are in keeping with the original proposals, contracts or funding letters
  • Staff consultation on writing of grants and on final reports to funders
  • General guidance about possible funding sources
  • Access to grant deadline calendar
  • Assistance with securing liability insurance ($150 per certificate)
  • Access to Dancers’ Group non-profit bulk mail indicia

Fees & Benefits
Upon acceptance in the fiscal sponsorship program an annual fee of $75 is due at the time a contract is signed between Dancers’ Group and the project. In addition to the ability to raise funds for your project, fiscally sponsored projects receive:

  • Quarterly finance statements sent to you
  • 10 issues a year of In Dance delivered first class
  • Link to the Grant Deadline calendar
  • Advertising discounts
  • Weekly E-Bulletins, featuring auditions, jobs, free & discounted tickets, national news and more

Interested in sponsorship?
Download the Application for joining our Fiscal Sponsorship program. Requests are accepted year round.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions?
wayne@dancersgroup.org
415.920.9181

Resources for Information About Fiscal Sponsorship
For a directory of fiscal sponsors, see: fiscalsponsordirectory.org

For the book on fiscal sponsorship: Greg Colvin, Fiscal Sponsorship: Six Ways to Do It Right, Study Center Press (1993, rev. 2005) Includes a table comparing Models of Fiscal Sponsorship

For a synopsis of Greg Colvin’s book, go to his website: fiscalsponsor.com

For a comparison of “Starting a 501(c)(3) Organization with Using A Fiscal Sponsor (Model A)” see: Sponsorship Comparison

For another guide to Fiscal Sponsorship go to the Foundation Center website: foundationcenter.org

For Guidelines to Best Practices in Fiscal Sponsorship, see website of the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors (NNFS): National Network of Fiscal Sponsors

For information on non-profit legal practices, visit Gene Takagi’s Blog: nonprofitlawblog.com

For article in Grantmakers in the Arts Reader: “Fiscal Sponsorship is a Growing Field,” by Melanie Beene: Article

 

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