Do you have a new program you want to launch and pilot before investing time and resources into a formal nonprofit corporation? Do you need to secure donations or grants for a community project but do not want to jump through the hoops of becoming a 501(c)(3)? Are you a for-profit corporation that wants to start a charitable program?
If you answered yes to one of the questions above, fiscal sponsorship might be for you. Fiscal sponsorship is an IRS approved way of accepting tax-deductible donations for your organization or project via an already established 501(c)(3) organization.
As one way to promote environmental and social justice activism, Ecologistics acts as a fiscal sponsor for organizations and projects that align with our corporate purposes.
Ecologistics is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit corporation, meaning donations made to Ecologistics are tax-deductible.
Fiscal sponsorship through Ecologistics can meet the requirements of foundations that require grant funds go to an established tax-exempt entity. Fiscal sponsorship can also allow individual donors to take a tax deduction, while still supporting your organization or project.
We charge a small fee to cover the costs of administering fiscal sponsorship contracts and funds.
Benefits of Fiscal Sponsorship with Ecologistics
Ecologistics, Inc. came to support South SLO County Womenade as a fiscal sponsor at a very critical time in our development. SLO Womenade had closed down at the end of 2018. The South SLO County mission is to meet unmet urgent needs of families and individuals which are not met by other means in south SLO County. We wanted to keep it going in south SLO County but had little time to get things organized. We contacted Ecologistics in February, and they kindly offered to fiscally sponsor us for three years to give us time to get organized and determine what our long term strategy would be. They were a terrific help to us as we figured out our path. Fortunately we were able to set up as our own 501(c)(3) at the end of October of 2019. Many families and individuals in south SLO County were helped during these 8 months through funds we raised and that Ecologistics distributed for us to our partner organizations. Having a 501(c)(3) behind us was crucial to attract donors. We are so grateful to Stacey Hunt, president, and her group at Ecologistics for giving us the chance to continue Womenade’s mission in south SLO County.
Ecologistics is the backbone of Poly Canyon Ventures. Their amazing team has accelerated our mission by serving as our fiscal sponsor, helping us find a key team member, and connecting us with the resources we need to grow our reach. Our team is inspired by their unwavering commitment to helping develop an environmentally and economically sustainable Central Coast. We see the impact they are making firsthand and we highly recommend supporting and/or working with their team.
Ecologistics’ fiscal sponsorship program made starting our non-profit simple and inexpensive. The low fees were well worth the ability to start operating and test the waters at a small scale without full procedural requirements of by-laws and articles of incorporation. I would certainly recommend it as an option.
Thank you for your incredible support all the way through. I am so incredibly grateful for your team.
“Ecologistics has been wonderful for R.A.C.E. Matters, especially during our recent growth. Their fiscal sponsorship has allowed us to take our time to develop, while feeling confident with their financial oversight.”
The Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success (CCC-USS) is a collective of advocates and educators that challenges anti-immigrant and oppressive ideologies, institutional practices, and everyday actions that threaten undocumented and historically marginalized communities. Through our fiscal sponsorship, Ecologistics, Inc. has empowered CCC-USS to remain an all-volunteer organization focused on direct support of the undocumented community. We are able to apply for grants and solicit tax deductible donations as well as offer our donors a simple and safe means to give online. We have the flexibility to fulfill our purpose while relying on Ecologistics’ expertise to provide the fiscal infrastructure and management we need to thrive. With this support we remain focused on our ability to create social change to ensure educational equity for all students and build capacity to support undocumented students in our region thereby creating a more healthy and just community. Thank you, Ecologistics!