The Learning Lab conducted case studies of four peer organizations in order to generate more in-depth key learnings based on its previous research and identify emerging best practices. These fiscal sponsors and capacity-builders are using diverse, innovative, and evolving practices to support grassroots groups working to transform their communities. The case studies delve deeply into each organization’s promotion of equity, fiscal sponsorship services and delivery model, risk management framework, capacity-building services, and service integration strategies. These deep learnings will allow us to better understand how some organizations are developing fiscal sponsorship models to better support grassroots movements, coalitions, and other nonprofit groups. The Learning Lab will preview these learnings and emerging best practices from the field in November. You can learn more about each organization by reading the below summaries and visiting their websites. Sign up for our Learning Lab newsletter to be notified when we publish the case studies.
CultureWorks of Greater Philadelphia
CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia’s mission is to provide arts, heritage, and creative practitioners equitable access to the resources they need to flourish. The organization builds and shares all of the essential supporting services that individual cultural practitioners and nonprofit organizations or creative enterprises need for their programs, work, or services to succeed. These include staff to manage finance, compliance, HR, legal, fundraising, marketing, and data, in addition to flex and interim staffing, office and meeting space, advisory services, basic insurances, and nonprofit status itself.
The Foraker Group
The Foraker Group’s core purpose is to strengthen nonprofits. Its deep commitment to advancing dedicated, skilled, and compassionate professionals and volunteers to serve Alaska’s nonprofit and tribal organizations is guided by the Foraker Nonprofit Sustainability Model. Foraker knows that for nonprofits to succeed, they need to be strong, stable, and ready to innovate and collaborate. As a leader, catalyst, and partner each aspect of Foraker’s work strengthens leaders, organizations, collaborations, and the sector.
Foraker’s fiscal sponsorship service, Sultana, exists to support groups and projects in the preliminary stages of their development, offering opportunities to incubate ideas, employ staff, and provide the stability that funders need to make initial investments. Understanding that not every new idea needs a new nonprofit and that not every nonprofit is ready to stand on its own, Sultana is a “safe place” for projects to germinate until they understand what long-term form, if any, they want to take.
Movement Strategy Center
Movement Strategy Center (MSC) understands that transformative movements change the way we think, our structures and systems, the way we live, and even who we are.
MSC’s approach is grounded in four elements that are the core of transformative movement building: leading with audacious vision and bold purpose; deeply embodying the values at the heart of the vision; building radical and deep community around the vision; and using all of that — vision, embodiment, and connection — to strategically navigate toward the future.
Urban Affairs Coalition
The Urban Affairs Coalition unites government, business, neighborhoods, and individual initiative to improve the quality of life in the region, build wealth in urban communities, and solve emerging issues.
UAC is a Home for Nonprofits — a Coalition of 80+ partner organizations, large and small, working on diverse issues that immediately affect communities. The Coalition delivers infrastructure for community empowerment that strengthens nonprofit organizations through fiscal sponsorship, shared services, program development, and capacity building; improving life chances for youth and young adults; and providing economic opportunity to low-income households, working families, and disadvantaged businesses.