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How to Choose a Fiscal Sponsor

Jan 30, 2014

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For many people who want to do charitable projects, fiscal sponsorship can be an easier and less costly alternative to starting a nonprofit. In fiscal sponsorship, an existing public charity “shares” its 501(c)(3) status with non-exempt projects so that they can qualify for more funding opportunities, among other benefits. In this live chat, would-be projects will learn about what to look for (and avoid) when choosing a fiscal sponsor.

For videos, podcasts, articles, and more on fiscal sponsorship, see this Skills page.

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Experts for this chat:

Ellis Carter

Ellis McGehee Carter is an attorney who exclusively represents, nonprofit, tax-exempt and mission based businesses with respect to corporate and tax matters. Ellis spent 13 years practicing with large firms, forming Carter Law Group in 2010. She also is an officer on the board of the Alliance of Arizona NonprofitsRead more...

Jonathan Spack

Jonathan Spack is a co-founder and board member for the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors, which promotes the understanding and professional practice of fiscal sponsorship, and the executive director of Third Sector New England, which is the nation’s most experienced fiscal sponsor, dating back to 1959. Jonathan has more than 30 years’ experience leading and consulting to nonprofit organizations. As TSNE's leader, he has guided the organization through several transitions, including its re-invention in the late 1990’s as a leading regional capacity-builder.