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National Network of Fiscal Sponsors

Many innovative nonprofit ideas and start-up endeavors first appear as projects sponsored by larger, established organizations with a compatible mission. This practice of fiscal sponsorship has occurred in hundreds of nonprofits across the country for decades, but lacked real guidelines until fairly recently.

In response to increasing interest in fiscal sponsorship, Tides Center facilitated the organization of a new group, the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors, to build knowledge about the practice and help build the field.

Informing Change served as Tides Center’s evaluation partner in this work for four years. We provided written reports, presentations and workshops to share our assessments and field-building recommendations to Tides and the Network.

A published summary of Informing Change’s research and evaluation experience has been widely distributed. At the close of our project, the fledgling Network had grown to 37 active members with a calendar of activities that included professional development conference calls, active taskforce meetings and a yearly two-day conference.