Partnerships & Publications

NNFS_logoCommunity Initiatives is a member of The National Network of Fiscal Sponsors, a resource dedicated to improving the practices, capabilities, and awareness of fiscal sponsorship in the nonprofit sector through education and advocacy.


fsdCommunity Initiatives is a subscriber to the Fiscal Sponsor Directory, a tool created to help connect community projects with fiscal sponsors. The Directory is produced and maintained by San Francisco Study Center.


isCommunity Initiatives was a partner for the 2012 Independent Sector Conference in San Francisco. In 2013, President & CEO M. Melanie Beene facilitated the Conference workshop “Civic Capacity and the Value of Fiscal Sponsorship.”



Fiscal Sponsorship is Maturing as a Field, an article by Community Initiatives CEO M. Melanie Beene on the development of the field of fiscal sponsorship. Published in the Fall 2010 edition of the Grantsmakers in the Arts Reader.



How Fiscal Sponsorship Works, by Joanne Fritz: an interview with CEO M. Melanie Beene on the history and background of the fiscal sponsorship sector.



npq10 Ways to Kill your Nonprofit: by Mark Hager and Elizabeth Searing: an article that looks at the harmful things people do to kill their nonprofits.



npqFiscal Sponsorship: A Balanced Overview: by Gene Takagi: an article published in the Nonprofit Quaterly explaining how a fiscal sponsorship is a valuable alternative to starting a nonprofit that produces private and public efficiencies through shared administration and fewer nonprofits requiring fiduciary and regulatory oversight.

The Art of Advocacy Strategy, a presentation by Jim Shultz, the founder and executive director of The Democracy Center. Check out the full webinar.

Fiscal Sponsorship for Artists and Arts Organizations, a presentation given in conjunction with the Creative Capacity Fund.

Fiscal Sponsorship: A 360 Degree Perspective, a white paper by the Trust for Conservation Innovation.

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