Fiscal Sponsorship

For new organizations that would like to do nonprofit work, fiscal sponsorship is a cost effective way to:

  • Connect your idea or project to an existing community-based organization
  • Tap into a pre-existing infrastructure to ensure best practices and compliance
  • Allow you to focus on building your brand, your business plan and the deliverables that will drive your mission

What We Look For

Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) may be a good match for innovative projects that are:

  • Based in Northern California and are responsive to current or ongoing community needs
  • Have a clear and compelling written plan to effectively address that need
  • Have the leadership of at least three qualified individuals willing to serve as advisors
  • Have initial funding and a plan for ongoing support

Please read below for a step-by-step guide about how to become a sponsored project of CVNL.

How to Apply

STEP 1: Determine if CVNL is the Right Fit

Consider the following:

  • Will your project provide tangible benefits to your community?
  • Is your idea and project plan embraced by a group of committed supporters?
  • Do you have the sincere drive and enthusiasm to make your charitable ideas work?
  • Can you quantitatively and qualitatively demonstrate the need for the services you intend to deliver?
  • Can you identify strong funding prospects to help you move ahead?
  • Can you articulate your goals and clearly express your plans to achieve them?

STEP 2: Submit a Completed Application to CVNL

Prospective projects must submit an Application Questionnaire.

The application requires a project description and a start-up budget outlining the sources of revenue and projected costs for your proposed project over the next year. The Sample Project Budget (Excel) can help you accurately create this budget.

STEP 3: Application is Reviewed by CVNL

All proposals are rigorously reviewed by Center staff, board members, and community advisors. We then invite the leaders of projects that are strong candidates for fiscal sponsorship to meet with us, briefly present their projects, and answer questions. Final determination of sponsorship is made by the full board of CVNL.

NOTE: To receive Frequently Asked Questions, Criteria Checklist, Mutual Expectations, Sample Project and other application documents, contact kwilloughby@cvnl.org.


Current Sponsees:

Companions in Ignatian Service and Spirituality [CISS] is a unique program that responds to the thirst of individuals to deepen their spiritual life as they give of their time and talent to serve those in need — the poor, the marginalized and the socially vulnerable. Its mission is to enrich the experience of committed volunteers, fifty or older, involved in community service, through a program of prayer and Ignatian spiritual reflection.

Break a Difference (B.A.D.) implements service and volunteer management strategies of the highest caliber to maximize ROI for all parties involved: engaged volunteers, corporate partners, and nonprofit agencies hosting them to provide meaningful service in the community. With a simultaneous focus on the volunteer experience as well as the service being provided, B.A.D. is able to deliver transformative experiences, through which our mission and our shared goals with our partner organizations are achieved.