Some of Community Partners’ projects started out as programs of other organizations or institutions. For a variety of reasons, they sought a more independent status and found fiscal sponsorship to be a smart way to establish themselves as separate organizations, while still benefitting from the support and economies of scale available through Community Partners.
When economic pressures forced the closure of the venerable Center for Law in the Public Interest back in 2006, for example, lawyer Robert Garcia was able to save one of the Center’s flagship programs by bringing it to Community Partners, where it flourishes today under fiscal sponsorship. The Los Angeles Food Policy Council and Million Trees both were started as initiatives of the Mayor’s Office, under Antonio Villaraigosa. Once established, those programs were moved to Community Partners where they could operate more independently and scale up their work as needed.
Transforming a program into a fiscally sponsored project of Community Partners might be necessitated by a variety of circumstances, but the benefits are always the same:
- High quality shared services
- Support and guidance from an expert staff
- A wealth of connections and helpful resources
To learn more about how fiscal sponsorship might be the right next step for your program’s growth, please contact Sheri Dunn Berry.