PDF’s Fiscal Sponsorship Program is a grantor-grantee relationship model, commonly known as Model C. In this model, the sponsored project, or grantee, is not a program or initiative of PDF, the grantor and sponsor. The project has its own legal, tax and accounting identity, subject to various state and federal laws.
When the grantee has a specific charitable or educational project it would like funded and does not have the capacity to accept tax-deductible donations directly, PDF furthers its tax-exempt purposes by making one or more grants for a project that shares PDF’s mission and vision: to nourish, foster, and encourage the diverse, self-sustaining and economically viable communities that are essential to building a peaceful, just and equitable world.
PDF requires its fiscal sponsorship projects to take the lead in raising all funds subject to PDF guidance, and reserves the right to review and approve all solicitation material to ensure that the project furthers only charitable goals and does not confuse or violate federal or state legal requirements. By law, all individual, foundation and other donations intended for the sponsored project must go directly to and belong to PDF, whose board of directors has the sole discretion whether and when to distribute those funds to the project.
PDF’s current fee for fiscal sponsorship administration is 7.5 percent of all monetary donations received on behalf of the project. Additionally, PDF requires a one-time, non-refundable $250 application fee and an annual $95 fee to maintain a project’s fiscal sponsorship status.
The Fiscal Sponsorship Program accepts charitable and educational projects that further our mission as a public foundation. PDF offers fiscal sponsorship to projects that meet our grantmaking guidelines. Our priority is to accept grassroots organizations that are led by the people directly affected by the issues faced in their communities. Please read our grantmaking guidelines and handbook carefully and submit a completed application for consideration.
There are no deadlines. Applications are currently being accepted.
PDF accepts applications from projects seeking fiscal sponsorship that are based in the United States and its territories. These projects may carry out work that is local, state wide, regional or international in scope.
PDF is only able to accept applications in English.
PDF takes seriously its responsibility to give each potential grantee due consideration. A staff member reads each fiscal sponsorship application carefully and follows up with the project if any questions arise from the application materials provided. Projects recommended by the staff are forwarded to the board of directors for consideration. The board may request additional information or clarification of information provided. The process of acceptance into the PDF Fiscal Sponsorship Program takes approximately four weeks and we request your patience as we ensure that all PDF and legal requirements are met.
If you have any questions about PDF’s Fiscal Sponsorship Program or application e-mail us and a staff member will get back to you.
Please Note: PDF’s fiscal sponsorship grant application is designed to cover a wide range of organizations. Some organizations may not be able to answer or may not have answers for all questions. Please fill it out to the best of your ability. If necessary, PDF will follow-up for any questions that your application raises.
All grantees are required to submit an annual written report describing the manner in which the funds have been spent and the progress made in accomplishing the purposes of the grant. Organizations with overdue final reports are ineligible for future funding consideration until the report is submitted.
Report Due Dates – July 31st each year.
Languages Accepted – PDF only accepts reports in English.
Fiscal sponsorship grantees should access the report form from their account here.