Service Overview

Comprehensive Fiscal Sponsorship

 As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Tides is legally and financially responsible for every project we fiscally sponsor.  Projects are not separate entities or affiliated organizations—projects are Tides.  Being part of Tides brings each project the credibility and accountability that a successful 35-year history in progressive social change ensures.

Fiscal sponsorship sits at the heart of Tides’ services by providing a legal framework to our projects consisting of:

  • Inclusion in the corporate, legal structure of Tides
  • Federal and state tax exemption for income and property tax purposes
  • State registration for fundraising
  • The ability to receive tax-deductible contributions from donors

At Tides, we work in partnership with our projects who receive much more than tax exempt status. Our Comprehensive Fiscal Sponsorship service also includes:

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Financial Management includes meticulous oversight of all revenues and expenditures, monthly financial reports, annual auditing...

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Grants Management administers all grant agreements and reporting, and results in stronger relationships with funders...

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HR Management empowers projects to hire, retain, and provide outstanding benefits to personnel...

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Risk Management keeps pace with constantly changing regulations and liability issues involving people, property, and income…

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Payroll Management involves an array of record-keeping and compliance activities, from the first paycheck to the W-2...

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Project Relations ensures the highest level of service and includes proactive communications and capacity-building support...

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Service Partnerships provide access to memberships and expert resources on relevant topics…

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Advisory Board Consultation builds an effective  governance structure to help guide the project...