[Noisebridge-board] fiscal sponsorship

Andy Isaacson adi at hexapodia.org
Mon Jul 22 01:47:40 UTC 2013


I don't think that becoming a fiscal sponsor for other organizations is
something that Noisebridge would be appropriate for.  It seems to
require a significant amount of bookkeeping, verifying that stuff
happens on time, getting things done on a particular schedule, and
providing credible evidence to skeptical government organizations that
all the above is true.  It would appear to require several paid
employees.

None of those are things Noisebridge has shown special skill at.

-andy

On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 06:14:28PM -0700, Liz Henry wrote:
> I've been reading a lot about this lately, and there are some guides on how
> to be a good/responsible fiscal sponsor as well as what is possible for
> organizations looking for sponsorship.  It does mean someone has to do
> significant extra work.   I've been wondering whether this is something the
> Bay Area Consortium of Hackerspaces might consider taking on. ie, they
> could incorporate in order to become a local incubator/fiscal sponsor for
> other hackerspaces.
> 
> Here are a few good starting points:
> 
> http://www.councilofnonprofits.org/fiscal-sponsorship-resources
> 
> http://www.publiccounsel.org/pages/?id=0022
> 
> https://www.ftb.ca.gov/businesses/Exempt_organizations/The_Process.shtml
> 
> http://www.tides.org/fileadmin/user/NNFS/NNFS-Fiscal-Sponsorship-Guidelines-for-Comprehensive.pdf
> 
> Best,
> 
> Liz
> 
> 
> 
> On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 5:40 PM, rachel lyra hospodar
> <rachelyra at gmail.com>wrote:
> 
> > hi danny!
> >
> > TBH i don't really believe too much in 501c3 or kickstarter but this group
> > is doing both.  i keep doubting on everything but they keep bulling
> > forward, building connections in the neighborhood and working to raise the
> > money to buy a media editing station.  I think that for them, the
> > association with noisebridge and the positioning as a nonprofit endeavor
> > are part of the broader campaign for hearts and minds, more than being
> > specifically about tax deductions.
> >
> > we've explored schoolfactory as an option (and honestly i kinda advocated
> > for it since they have a better infrastructure for this) but the feeling of
> > the project leaders was that it would be cool to keep the money in the
> > community, and strengthen existing community ties. I'd be interested in
> > hearing about other good options if they exist.
> >
> > I'd love to meet up!
> >
> > how about tuesday?
> >
> > R.
> >
> >
> > On 7/19/2013 5:22 PM, Danny O'Brien wrote:
> >
> >> Okay!
> >>
> >> Sudo Room is also interested in this. My feeling so far is that it
> >> doesn't really give that much advantage to hackery-spaces, and you
> >> might as well just go for incorporation on your own (the
> >> tax-deductible donation thing doesn't seem to be something that many
> >> people actually benefit from), BUT would love to go through it in a
> >> bit more detail. Also I think there are a couple of other
> >> umbrella-type organizations that I know about that might be worth
> >> considering also, each with their pros and cons.
> >>
> >> Let me know when you're around and we can talk about it!
> >>
> >> d.
> >>
> >> On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 3:16 PM, rachel lyra hospodar
> >> <rachelyra at gmail.com>  wrote:
> >>
> >>> Hi friends,
> >>>
> >>> Some artists i know here in West Oakland have a space they are starting
> >>> to
> >>> use for outreach, meetings, and classes in film/media and art-making, and
> >>> are looking for a fiscal sponsor.  I am hoping to facilitate that
> >>> process,
> >>> with Noisebridge as the sponsor!
> >>>
> >>> My plan:
> >>>
> >>> -polling for input&  objections online&  at meeting
> >>>
> >>> -copy n paste noisetor wiki page to a new page, with info on OakTown Hall
> >>> project
> >>> -work with treasurer as necessary - iirc the donations go to NB, and NB
> >>> then
> >>> cuts OTH a check for 95%? I forget how donation tracking is done for
> >>> noisetor; we are open to discussion in finding ways to do this that don't
> >>> add more work for the treasurer.
> >>>
> >>> Let me know what you think!
> >>>
> >>> R.
> >>>
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> Liz Henry
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