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WHAT IS FISCAL SPONSORSHIP?

 
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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:

    • Giving is easy. Donors can give via check, credit card, QuickPay, etc.

    • Donations to your project and crowdfunding campaign are tax-deductible.

    • FSF retains no ownership of project and has no creative control over your project.

    • FSF handles all funds received on behalf of the project.

    • Pursue equity financing simultaneously.


ELIGIBLE PROJECTS
FSF can only provide fiscal sponsorship to projects that align with our mission. 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


WHY CHOOSE FSF
We provide mission-aligned projects with critical support around grant writing, tax-deductible donations, and crowdfunding. We offer:

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

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

  • The ability to run your crowdfunding campaign through FSF without paying an additional “platform fee”

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

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

  • Competitive administrative fee of 6%

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

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


WHAT FISCAL SPONSORSHIP DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • 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.


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