Fiscal Sponsorship

Your Vision. Our Mission.

At Proteus Fund, we make it our mission to help movement leaders like you achieve their vision for creating social change.

Our robust fiscal sponsorship program allows your project to meet complex operational demands without high overhead costs or compliance burdens. We provide scalable infrastructure to meet your project’s unique needs, including financial management, compliance and risk management, and human resources.

We are also ready to bolster your impact with our grantmaking expertise, strategic insights, and active network of like-minded partners.

Starting a non-profit organization is time-consuming, costly and complex. Fiscal sponsorship gives social change leaders the flexibility to pursue their vision while relying on a trusted partner to provide organizational infrastructure and management. We offer comprehensive fiscal sponsorship to innovative projects aligned with our mission. Our two decades of experience in social justice philanthropy, expertise working with a wide variety of projects, and commitment to deeply-held progressive values make us an effective long-term partner.

Our Approach

Our dedicated team provides the administrative and organizational infrastructure to allow project staff to focus on their programmatic and fundraising goals. We provide guidance and leadership on best practices around staffing structures, compliance, grantmaking strategies and more.

We are a leader in rapid response grantmaking and have extensive experience making grants to new and grassroots groups. We streamline requirements and processes to lessen the burden on grantees, allowing us to move funds quickly while ensuring due diligence and other best compliance practices.

Our stability and track record facilitates growth and transformation, supporting projects with missions measured on timelines of years, not months. This includes working with projects going through significant transitional periods.

We have deep experience in both lobbying and advocacy, and offer the option of parallel program design with out 501(c)(4) sister organization, Proteus Action League. This allows our projects the flexibility to use these critical tools in pursuit of their mission.

  • High-Touch Services

    Our dedicated team provides the administrative and organizational infrastructure to allow project staff to focus on their programmatic and fundraising goals. We provide guidance and leadership on best practices around staffing structures, compliance, grantmaking strategies and more.

  • Grantmaking Expertise

    We are a leader in rapid response grantmaking and have extensive experience making grants to new and grassroots groups. We streamline requirements and processes to lessen the burden on grantees, allowing us to move funds quickly while ensuring due diligence and other best compliance practices.

  • Long-Term Relationships

    Our stability and track record facilitates growth and transformation, supporting projects with missions measured on timelines of years, not months. This includes working with projects going through significant transitional periods.

  • Lobbying and Advocacy

    We have deep experience in both lobbying and advocacy, and offer the option of parallel program design with out 501(c)(4) sister organization, Proteus Action League. This allows our projects the flexibility to use these critical tools in pursuit of their mission.

Our Model in Action

growth

Solidaire Network is a membership community of people with wealth who are committed to supporting progressive social movements. It was created at Proteus as a modest grantmaking fund, and in less than four years has expanded to include a membership of over 100 partners, organize $25 million in aligned giving, and build out a software platform to facilitate its partners’ work. It grew from an unstaffed advised fund into a $2 million initiative with virtual staff across the country – with plans for continued growth. They have emerged as a national leader in funding progressive movement infrastructure.

transition

Founded in 1996 as a 501(c)(3) organization, Third Wave Foundation was a multi-issue feminist fund that supported the leadership and vision of young women, queer, and trans youth of color. Following a period of uncertainty about their future, the Foundation recognized the wisdom of shifting to a fiscally sponsored model – and thus they became Third Wave Fund, a project at Proteus Fund. After only a few years, they’d saved several hundred thousand dollars in annual operating expenses and grew to their largest size ever. Moving to fiscal sponsorship enabled Third Wave to remain a leader in the field, and the only activist fund led by and for women of color, intersex, queer, and trans folks under 35 years old in the United States.

partnership

Human Rights Funders Network (formerly International Human Rights Funders Group) came to Proteus Fund in 2011. We are so proud to have spent the last seven years in partnership with them, as their critical mission to advance human rights through effective philanthropy has adapted to the changing tides of their field. We have supported this project through an executive transition, changes in strategic plan, shifting composition of membership, a recent rebranding, and growth of their network to over 1,500 individual grantmakers and philanthropists around the world.

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If you’re interested in fiscal sponsorship or would like to learn more about our services, we’d love to talk to you. Thank you for reaching out!