Fiscal Sponsorship and Films: Part II

Filmmakers who seek philanthropic or public funding to support their works may be considering fiscal sponsorship as a vehicle for obtaining such funding. In our first post on this subject, we covered the basics of fiscal sponsorship and on the qualifications of a sound fiscal sponsor. Here, we’ll discuss the fiscal sponsorship agreement and termination […]

Fiscal Sponsorship and Films

Filmmakers who seek philanthropic or public funding to support their works may be considering fiscal sponsorship as a vehicle for obtaining such funding. And fiscal sponsorship can be of great value to a filmmaker. But it’s also a misunderstood and widely misapplied area of law that can create risks for filmmakers and their fiscal sponsors. […]

National Network of Fiscal Sponsors Gathering 2017

The National Network of Fiscal Sponsors held its Annual Gathering in New Orleans on October 26 and 27. Approximately 120 leaders of fiscal sponsors and other professionals from across the country came to share experiences and to learn about common issues, best practices, and new developments. One common question throughout the gathering was whether the term […]

Nonprofit Radio: Fiscal Sponsorship

I’ll be on Nonprofit Radio this Friday, September 1, at 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET talking with host Tony Martignetti and consultant Andrew Schulman about fiscal sponsorship. Catch us live on Talking Alternative or a few days later on iTunes. Fiscal sponsorship. You’ve probably seen it and don’t know what it’s called. We’ll fix that as we cover what it is; […]

Lobbying & Grants to Non-501(c)(3) Entities: Know The Rules

Although many people think otherwise, 501(c)(3) public charities are in fact permitted to engage to lobbying activities, provided such activities are an insubstantial amount of their overall activities. They are also generally permitted to fund any work of other entities, including non-public charities, that they could engage in themselves, including lobbying activities.  However, when a […]

Fiscal Sponsorship: What You Should Know and Why You Should Know It

Erin Bradrick‘s article on fiscal sponsorship published by the American Bar Association’s Business Law Today was made available online last week. Read it here. For lawyers who work with nonprofits and exempt organizations or individuals with philanthropic aspirations, “I want to start a nonprofit” may be the single phrase they hear most frequently. However, the […]

Fiscal Sponsorship: The Risks of Being a Fiscal Sponsor

Fiscal sponsorship can be an incredibly valuable tool for incubating charitable nonprofit projects and creating efficiencies through the provision of administrative support to several discrete projects. The key to its value lies in how well the fiscal sponsor meets its responsibilities and obligations and understands how to appropriately manage the risks of sponsorship. In this […]