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Understanding Fiscal Sponsorship

Fiscal sponsorship offers a way for donors to contribute to a group or individual that is not yet recognized by the IRS as tax-exempt.

Let’s break that down a bit more…

Donors often make contributions with the idea of being able to receive a deduction on their taxes. This deduction can happen only if the contribution is made to a non-profit tax-exempt organization. A formed group or individual that has not received tax-exempt status may accept contributions, but the donor cannot take a tax deduction. (This is the reason to make sure your contributions are given to a legally recognized non-profit or tax-exempt organization.)

This is where fiscal sponsors steps in to make a difference. The role of the fiscal sponsor may include many different financial and administrative functions, including receiving and administering charitable contributions on behalf of the sponsored organization, or even performing back-office functions.

Reasons why fiscal sponsorship is helpful:

  1. Organizations may receive contributions and issue a tax-deductible receipt for that gift.

  2. Using a fiscal sponsor allows a newly formed group to test-drive their idea to determine whether there is a market among the general public.

  3. A small group may not need to be tax-exempt to achieve their mission because it is a temporary project.

  4. Utilizing a fiscal sponsor to outsource administrative responsibilities can be a cost-saving measure.

  5. A fiscal sponsor helps a grassroots organization create a strong foundation for future success.

If you would like to discuss fiscal sponsorships a bit further, contact NonprofitGO today.


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