Wondering if it makes sense for you to start your own nonprofit or use a fiscal sponsor? Need help raising money for your project, finding training, technical support, or just connecting with other like-minded organizations? The resources on this page might be useful to you.

Fiscal Sponsorship and Nonprofit Status Resources

Fiscal Sponsorship: The State of a Growing Service (PDF)

T4CI’s white paper about fiscal sponsorship.

FAQ: Nonprofit vs. Fiscal Sponsor

The Free Management Library offers a detailed FAQ about starting a nonprofit organization or using a fiscal sponsor.

Fiscal Sponsorship: Six Ways to Do it Right

Fiscal Sponsorship: 6 Ways to Do It Right is a book that describes six models of sponsorship that have been approved and accepted by the IRS. It details how the models work and why, how they differ and how they are similar.

Getting a Head Start (Word doc)

This article from the April 2007 issue of Chronicle of Philanthropy describes how fiscal sponsorship can help charitable programs get started.

Legal Resources and Sample Agreements offers a variety of resources, including sample agreements, with an emphasis on the legal aspects of engaging with a fiscal sponsor.

Sponsorships Could Cut Waste in Charity World (Word doc)

This article from the April 2007 issue of Chronicle of Philanthropy describes how fiscal sponsors can make the charitable world more efficient and free up more dollars for programs.

Fundraising Websites

The Foundation Center

Located in San Francisco, The Foundation Center has the second-largest grant library in the nation, which is available online for a fee. It also offers classes on researching and securing funding.

Nonprofit Finance Fund

As one of the nation's leading community development financial institutions (CDFI), Nonprofit Finance Fund® (NFF) makes millions of dollars in loans to nonprofits and pushes for fundamental improvement in how money is given and used in the sector. They provide a continuum of financing, consulting, and advocacy services to nonprofits and funders nationwide

Northern California Grantmakers

Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) is an association of foundations, corporate contributions programs and other private and public grantmakers that seek to establish common standards, accepted modes of practice, and leadership for the field. NCG's work is focused in two broad arenas: enhancing the effectiveness of philanthropy, and strengthening the ties between philanthropy and its many stakeholders in nonprofit organizations, government, business, media, academia, and the public at large.

The San Francisco Foundation

The Foundation is a bridge between nonprofits and resources, neighborhoods and government, leadership and those in need. They cultivate a family of donors who share a commitment to the San Francisco Bay Area and connect them with nonprofits to give millions of dollars a year to build on community assets, respond to community needs, and elevate public awareness.

Other Resources

T4CI Newsletter Archive

This quarterly newsletter keeps you informed about how T4CI projects are protecting and conserving the environment. You can sign up to receive our newsletter by email using the form at the bottom of our website.

Alliance for Justice

Alliance for Justice strengthens the capacity of the public interest community to influence public policy. This program helps foundations and nonprofits by offering workshops, examples of documents, and technical assistance.


CompassPoint Nonprofit Services is a consulting, research, and training organization providing nonprofits with management tools, strategies, and resources to lead change in their communities.


netCorps is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping environmental, social justice and community-based nonprofits utilize technology to help change the world. They offer a range of technology services to help your nonprofit be more effective and efficient in your work including website development, database development, office technology support and technology planning services.


Taproot is a nonprofit organization that makes business talent available to organizations working to improve society. They engage the nation’s millions of business professionals in pro bono services both through award-winning programs and by partnering with companies to develop their pro bono programs.

Training Resources for the Environmental Community (TREC)

TREC is dedicated to building the capacity of individuals, organizations and alliances to achieve landscape scale conservation and biological integrity and diversity in Western North America. They focus their efforts on leaders and their development, inspiration and activation.