Mel Chin, Fundred Reserve (ribbon cutting ceremony). Photo: Sarah Buckner

Photo: Fundred Reserve (ribbon cutting ceremony), Mel Chin, credit: Sarah Buckner

Fiscal Sponsorship provides nonprofit umbrella status to artists and artistic projects without a 501(c)(3) ruling from IRS. As a fiscal sponsor, NPN can assist you with accessing support through formal granting systems and private philanthropy.

  • The NPN staff is happy to answer inquires and/or schedule a phone call with potential applicants for fiscal sponsorship.
  • An applicant must complete an application that gives an overview of their artistic project.
  • NPN seeks to sponsor artistic projects that are aligned with its mission and values.
  • Applications are reviewed by the staff and forwarded to the board of directors for approval.
  • Fiscal sponsorship agreements are in effect for one year and may be renewed annually.

As fiscal sponsor, NPN will:

  • practice Model A fiscal sponsorship (comprehensive)

  • receive 10% of the funds that goes through its accounts

  • accept tax-deductible contributions on behalf of the project

  • send acknowledgement letters to donors and funders

  • process check requests and pay vendors

  • provide financial statements

  • review grant proposals and final reports submitted under NPN’s name

  • provide grant writing coaching when possible

As a fiscally sponsored project, an artist and project leader will:

  • cultivate and manage relationships with donors

  • be responsible for generating income for their respective project

  • submit copies of grant proposals and final reports to NPN

  • follow NPN’s accounting procedures

  • review the financial reports received from NPN

For more information review a sample Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement:

Lifetime Impact (since 2005)

$8.4 million

Program Support


Fiscally sponsored projects