Why Fiscal Sponsorship?

Silicon Valley’s arts ecosystem is small and undercapitalized. Our artists and arts professionals worry about how to carry on their work in this very expensive region. Increased financial resilience and capacity and access to affordable, quality and relevant business resources are very much needed. Through a 2017 research study completed by Nonprofit Centers Network, SVCREATES was able to identify some priority areas of interest to local artists and arts organizations, and the barriers to access. One of these priorities is access to qualified fiscal sponsors.

What is Fiscal Sponsorship?

Comprehensive fiscal sponsors do much more than provide the 501c3 tax status to allow artists and groups to accept grants and tax-deductible donations. A fiscal sponsor can significantly strengthen an artist or volunteer led organization by providing consistent, reliable, expert administrative support – strengthening financial management, increasing regulatory compliance, assisting with grant reporting, and mitigating risks.

Local Fiscal Sponsors

SVCREATES has identified a number of local Fiscal Sponsors for specific types of mission aligned projects.

San Jose Downtown Association Foundation
Projects, artwork, events or other activities must occur within the business improvement district in downtown.
Bree von Faith | bvonfaith@sjdowntown.com; (408) 279-1775

San Jose Parks Foundation
For projects in San Jose parks and mission aligned with the Parks Foundation.
James P. Reber, Executive Director | james@sanjoseparks.org; (Office) 408-893-7275 / (Cell) 408-505-0438

School of Arts & Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza
Projects must be mission aligned with School of Arts & Culture.
Vanessa Shieh, Associate Director | vanessa@schoolofartsandculture.org (email inquiries are preferred); (408) 794-6250

A New Partnership for South Bay Fiscal Sponsorship!

SVCREATES has partnered with Intersection for the Arts to offer Fiscal Sponsorship for South Bay artists and arts groups. We’re making it easier for you to access experienced, comprehensive fiscal sponsorship for artists and arts groups. SVCREATES will cover application and intake fees for qualified and approved Santa Clara County based artists and arts organizations.

Learn more about Intersection for the Arts fiscal sponsorship program here.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for fiscal sponsorship with Intersection for the Arts, your project/organization must:
  • Relate to arts or culture
  • Be non-commercial
  • Have plans for raising funds from charitable sources such as foundation or individual donors. Project funding can’t come from investors.
  • Have a committed project director.
To apply under this special partnership please contact Alyssa Erickson, SVCREATES Program Manager: alyssae@svcreates.org