Fiscal sponsorship - REDEFINED

Fiscal sponsorship is a formal arrangement between a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and mission-aligned projects, which allows filmmakers to access a range of funding sources that are only available to nonprofits — e.g., tax-deductible donations, foundation grants, cash awards from public and private arts agencies. Some key features of our fiscal sponsorship program:

    • A variety of ways for donors to give — check, PayPal, QuickPay, Benevity and other workplace matching programs

    • Allows you to offer a tax-deduction incentive to your crowdfunding campaign donors.

    • FSF retains no rights/ownership of project.

    • FSF has no creative control over your project.

    • FSF is legally responsible for funds received on behalf of the project.

    • Approved usage of our logo in fundraising campaigns and marketing materials.

Our innovative fiscal sponsorship program is designed to support diverse artists and their mission-aligned projects. Because we are a production company and a distributor, we are able to offer many unique benefits to our fiscally sponsored projects:

  • 2 one-hour consultation sessions to develop a customized fundraising plan for your project

  • A unique project profile page on our website, including a customizable donation link

  • Exclusive access to our fundraising toolkit including:

    • Master list of grant opportunities

    • Templates/samples of successful grant applications

    • Best practices for soliciting tax deductible donations

    • A guide to crowdfunding “do’s and don’ts”

    • Phone script for soliciting in-kind donations (e.g., equipment, food, professional services)

  • Quarterly newsletter with new grant opportunities, fundraising resources, and calls for submission

  • Exclusive discounts on equipment rentals, software, festival submission fees and more.

  • Competitive, progressively-tiered administrative fee of 6% or less

  • For Chicago-based projects: post cast and crew calls to Full Spectrum’s network

Full Spectrum Features can only fiscally sponsor projects that align with our mission to increase diversity in the independent film industry. We welcome applications from a range of media projects, including:

  • Narrative films (features and shorts)

  • Documentary films (features and shorts)

  • Experimental films (features and shorts)

  • Web series

  • TV pilots

  • Music videos

  • Transmedia projects

Unfortunately there are some limits to what we can do for each project.

  • We cannot extend, rent, or loan our insurance policy to your shoot.

  • We cannot offer individualized feedback on essays, budgets, or other grant application materials.

  • We cannot solicit donations on behalf of your project.

  • We cannot promote your campaign to FSF’s social media networks or email lists.

  • We cannot provide producing or production management support for your project.