Fundraising Support

Fiscal Sponsor

The Fiscal Sponsor Program enables community groups in Atlanta, Brookhaven, Tucker, and DeKalb County to raise funds for new playgrounds, enhanced landscaping and other park improvements without having to go through the process of securing 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax status.

With this program, Park Pride functions as a fiscal sponsor, which is a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status that receives grants and donations on behalf of a group engaged in activities related to the sponsor’s charitable purpose (in this case, the improvement of parks and greenspace).

Program Benefits

  • This program provides low cost administrative services to registered Friends of the Park groups enrolled in the program.
  • Park Pride establishes a restricted account for each sponsored Friends group to track income and expenses.
  • Park Pride receives donations on behalf of the sponsored Friends group +  assumes fiduciary responsibility for all project funds.
  • Groups can accept donations without having to become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and Park Pride will send acknowledgment of tax-deductible contribution to all contributors.
  • The Fiscal Sponsor Program allows groups to focus on raising funds and making park improvements!

FAQs

What services are included in a Fiscal Sponsorship?

  • Sponsored account to accept tax deductible contributions
  • Disbursements from sponsored account as authorized by Project Liaison + approved by Park Pride
  • Donor acknowledgement
  • Receipts for in-kind donations
  • Processing and tracking of company matching gift applications
  • Tax reporting
  • Monthly account statements of project donors

Who can benefit from a Fiscal Sponsorship?

  • Organizations that wish to avoid the time and expense of applying for a 501(c)(3)
  • Organizations that have applied for (or are in the process of applying for) 501(c)(3) status

What is the Cost?

Park Pride’s standard fee for these services is 5% of contributions received (plus any applicable credit card fees).

What are the eligibility requirements

  • Only registered Friends of the Park groups are eligible for fiscal sponsorship by Park Pride and must submit a fiscal sponsorship application
  • Funds must be used for: improvement and/or maintenance of a public park or greenspace; acquisition of land for public greenspace; programming designed to increase park usage
  • Must obtain approval to use Park Pride’s name and/or logo on all grant proposals, publicity, signage, and outreach materials
  • Must obtain Park Pride’s prior approval for all fundraising events and sales
  • Must submit annual report

 

Get Started

It’s quick and easy to submit an application to for this program.

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Fiscal Sponsor Program Forms

Title Document Type Description
Fiscal Partners Payment Authorization Form (Word)FormsAuthorization for reimbursement of incurred expenses.
Fiscal Partners Payment Authorization Form (PDF)FormsAuthorization for reimbursement of incurred expenses.
Fiscal Partners Liaison ChangeFormsAuthorization of Fiscal Liaison form.
Fiscal Partners Annual UpdateFormsComplete and submit Fiscal Partners annual report.
Fiscal Partners Account ApplicationApplicationsComplete and submit application to become a Park Pride Fiscal Partner.
Online Fiscal Partner Donation FormFormsMake a Gift to a Friends of the Park Group! Please use this form to make a gift that is restricted for use supporting the park or greenspace you designate through that space's Friends of the Park Group for the purpose of park improvement.