Our Sponsorship

Why Community Initiatives? 

At Community Initiatives, we’re passionate about our work. We’re problem solvers, strategic thinkers and experts in nonprofit rules and regulations. As a fiscally sponsored project, our client-centric approach makes it easy for you to accomplish your programmatic goals.

A stable and established fiscal sponsor

In 1996, The San Francisco Foundation was inundated with nonprofit projects requesting fiscal sponsorship. The Foundation launched a new 501(c)(3) organization in response to that need and Community Initiatives was born. Today, we have over 100 active projects and we are more dedicated than ever to our mission of advancing a more vibrant, innovative, and effective nonprofit sector.

 A trusted partner

At Community Initiatives, projects are not separate entities, they are legally and financially apart of us. By joining our nonprofit, you’ll gain a trusted partner that provides a credible, legal framework, and has over 20 years of expertise as a fiscal sponsor.

 Backend services so you can pursue your passions

Community Initiatives serves inspired leaders as they bring their missions to life. Our core services include financial management, human resources and payroll/benefits, grants management, and risk management. We manage these services so our projects can focus on their work.

Nonprofit expertise at your fingertips

At Community Initiatives, each project has a dedicated Client Manager who coordinates the delivery of our services and helps you to tap into our strong collective knowledge of the nonprofit sector.


“Community Initiatives is a great fit; they manage our finances and human resources, including payroll, benefits management, insurance, and employer-paid taxes. Relying on Community Initiatives’ administrative expertise to handle these back-office details allows Active Voice to concentrate on its mission and grow.”
Ellen Schneider Founder, Active Voice