Fiscal Sponsorship

Fiscal sponsorship allows organizations to do things differently. Since 2013, Propel Nonprofits has been delivering fiscal sponsorship to a growing number of charitable projects as they develop innovative responses to unmet community needs. We provide reliable infrastructure and financial and regulatory oversight, plus ongoing training and support. Click here for a short video overview of fiscal sponsorship.

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What is Fiscal Sponsorship?

‘Fiscal sponsorship’ is a term known within philanthropic and nonprofit worlds describing a relationship between an established 501(c)(3) organization and a project that does not have that status, but whose activities align with the 501(c)(3)’s mission and vision.

Propel Nonprofits is a member of the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors and follows its best practice guidelines. To learn more about our clients’ experiences with fiscal sponsorship, see our Fiscal Sponsorship Case Study report.

When Should I Consider Fiscal Sponsorship?

Are you an individual or group wanting to ‘test drive’ a new charitable concept before making a long-term investment? A project that is applying for 501(c)(3) status but wants to start your charitable work now? A collaboration looking for a neutral host or a time-defined project? Or an ongoing project who wants to stay lean and focus your energies on mission and program? Then fiscal sponsorship is a resource you can use to realize your charitable objectives.

Benefits to Sponsored Projects

We jokingly call [Propel Nonprofits] our “nonprofit fairy godmother,” but honestly, it’s not much of a joke.

Jamie Millard, Executive Director of Pollen

Fiscally sponsored projects can accept tax-deductible donations from individuals and grantmakers while focusing on program work and fundraising. We provide financial infrastructure, regulatory oversight, and grants and donor management. Shared administrative costs across multiple projects and discounts on training lead to overall cost savings and experienced Propel Nonprofits staff are always available for advice and encouragement.

Click here to see a full list of our current and past fiscally sponsored projects; you can donate to our fiscal sponsorship projects here.

Fiscal Sponsorship Criteria

  • Located in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa or Wisconsin, although programming can occur outside of those states
  • Will apply funds raised toward nonprofit purposes with a clear charitable mission
  • Statement of Intent aligns with Propel Nonprofits mission, vision, and values
  • Willing to incorporate or have an unincorporated association agreement and secure an EIN
  • Has a plan to achieve financial viability and programmatic success

Projects engaged in the following activities are ineligible for sponsorship

  • Designed primarily to benefit an individual or business (non-charitable)
  • International activities involving financial transactions
  • Raising funds through charitable gambling
  • Mental health care, medical services, personal care, or childcare as a core service
  • Those that require exceptional governmental oversight and licensing


Application fee: A non-refundable fee of $100 is due at the time of application.

Setup fee: Upon acceptance, a project pays a $500 one-time setup fee to offset costs of the onboarding process.

Ongoing fees: Our administrative fee is 7% of charitable funds received by the project (we do not accept any non-charitable funds) and $100 annual renewal fee. These fund management fees cover management of accounts receivable (receiving and processing donations, including sending donor tax-receipts); a monthly fund balance report; grants management; and support from experienced Propel Nonprofits staff including one-on-one consulting, access to free and discounted trainings, and guidance as you set your strategy and long-term goals.

Make a Donation

Our fiscally sponsored organizations are taking on important issues. You can support them with a donation here.


If you have questions about our program and process, contact our Fiscal Sponsorship Associate

Sara Nevison

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Case Study

Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment

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