Fiscal Sponsorship

Are you working to address an unmet need in your community? Have you applied for your 501(c)(3) status but want to start raising funds now? Our fiscal sponsorship program works with dozens of mission-driven organizations, projects, causes, and collaborations annually to build infrastructure, set goals, and develop sustainable business modelsWe partner with individuals or groups looking to advance their causes and uplift their communities to give them the tools and building blocks to run a nonprofit. Propel Nonprofits serves as a champion of your mission and works with you to get your project or nonprofit off to a strong start. Watch this 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?

Have you applied for your 501(c)(3) status but want to start raising funds for your cause now? Are you an individual or group wanting to establish a strong foundation before making a long-term investment and starting a 501(c)(3)? A collaboration looking for a neutral host? A time-defined project? Then fiscal sponsorship might be the perfect fit as you realize your charitable objectives. 

Benefits to Sponsored Projects

Fiscally sponsored projects can accept tax-deductible donations from individuals and grantmakers while focusing on program work and fundraising. Propel Nonprofits’ dedicated fiscal sponsorship program allows you to get your charitable project or nonprofit off to a strong start, whether you’ve already submitted your 1023 form to the IRS or are still exploring what starting a nonprofit looks like. We’re here to be your strategy sounding board and can provide startup guidance and insights, organizational development, a platform for raising donations and feedback on grants, financial and board governance templates and trainings, and a bridge to helpful relationships. 

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

Fiscal Sponsorship Criteria

  • Experience or connection to the community you plan to serve and partner with 
  • Market analysis to ensure no one else is already doing this work 
  • You’ve dipped your toes in the water and have already taken some action 
  • Located in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, or within a Native nation sharing this geography, 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 
  • You have 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 $300 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 Manager

Sarah Alfaham

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Case Study of Propel Client:Minnesota Harvest Initiative

Case Study

Minnesota Harvest Initiative

"We were looking for a partner who was in alignment with our mission, as well as to spend a lot less money on administration so we can focus on the people and the events."

Reynolds-Anthony Harris, Founder
Minnesota Harvest Initiative

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