• Fiscal Sponsorship Review & Refresh

    Finally, there's some help for your fiscal sponsorship program

    Becoming a fiscal sponsor is easy -- you offer to help out a friend or assist a local startup organization. Or maybe fiscal sponsorship is part of your mission.


    But succeeding as a fiscal sponsor is the hard part -- it can feel a little bit like you're flying blind.


    You know something's wrong but you might not be able to put your finger on it -- and so "Fix Fiscal Sponsorship Program" sits in the back of your mind or as one of the insurmountable tasks on your To Do list.


    And it's not something you can really put off: If you're not doing it right, fiscal sponsorship can be a time suck, end up costing your organization money, hurt your status in the community and even put your 501(c)(3) at risk. And while you may have heard about the "six ways to do it right," there are many more ways to do it wrong.


    We can help.


    Our Review and Refresh service will systemically review your existing Program, show you where the issues are, provide you with a blueprint to turn around your Program AND the knowledge run it successfully.


    What would it be worth to you to know that your fiscal sponsorship program:

    • is totally in compliance and your risk was managed?
    • runs without straining your staff or operating budget?
    • is a source of pride and positive energy for your organization and community?


    What would it mean to your community and your organization if you could do fiscal sponsorship “the right way” to help launch and grow new nonprofits tackling meaningful issues in your community or sector?


    Well, that is exactly what we do -- take you through a five-stage process to plot your path to success, review your program's financials, risk profile, and operations to provide you and your team with the materials and training to get your Program running smoothly.


    Specifically, we provide:

    • A Fiscal Sponsorship Roadmap so your goals are clear and you know exactly what to expect from your program.
    • A viable financial model so you know what it costs to run, and where the money’s coming from.
    • A risk and legal assessment so you can sleep at night knowing your program is compliant.
    • A customized program manual and process guide so that you can serve your Projects without overburdening your staff.
    • A live, web-based training so that you can make the necessary changes immediately.
    • The fee for the Review & Refresh Program varies depending on your specific needs. Please get in touch to discuss.
    • Length of Engagement: We can usually get the introductory call scheduled within two weeks or so, and if we move forward, the Program usually takes about 3-4 months to complete. After the training, I’ll be available via phone and email for 60 days to provide immediate support. (Additional, ongoing support can also be included for an additional fee.)

    Fiscal sponsorship a noble endeavor -- but that doesn't mean it can't hurt your organization. Wouldn't you like to make sure it's not?


    Ready to get started? Click the "book now" button below.


    Have a question about this service? Please see the FAQ below or email us at hello@schulmanconsulting.com.

  • FAQ

    What is the Program Review & Refresh?

    • The Program Review & Refresh is a consulting engagement to help leaders of fiscal sponsors get their Programs running smoothly. No matter what stage you are at, Schulman Consulting can help make sure your Program is financially sustainable, in compliance, and operating efficiently.

    Who is the Organizational Pathfinder for?

    • The Program Refresh & Review is for nonprofits that offer fiscal sponsorship.

    How does this work?

    • Once you schedule your introductory call we’ll get on the phone for 20 minutes to talk through your current situation. After that call, I'll work with you to do a thorough review of your fiscal sponsorship program and determine where the issues are -- and how we can fix them. We'll discuss these findings and recommendations and I'll assemble the relevant materials and resources. I'll then conduct a fiscal sponsorship training for your team and will be available via email following the training session for additional questions.

    How come I’ve never seen anything like this before?

    • Good question. Today, more than ever before, there are more options for startup nonprofits -- and, for many, being an independent 501(c)(3) may not be the best decision. Also, startup nonprofits usually do not have much money to spend on consulting services so there aren't many consultants that focus on this group.

    How much does the Program Review & Refresh service cost?

    • It depends on a number of factors, so the cost can vary a bit, but it usually runs in the $15,000 range. By moving forward with your project, you and we both agree to our terms of service.

    What are the payment terms for the Program Review & Refresh?

    • Payments are usually made in three, equal installments -- one before the work gets started, one after the initial recommendations are provided and one at the conclusion of the training/after the materials are shared.

    What if I’m not happy with the results?

    • Our goal is to provide you the tools, information and peace of mind to understand what it takes to run a successful fiscal sponsorship program -- and actually do it. Our success is based on your success. If we start a project and determine that we can’t provide you with actionable recommendations, we will refund your money. If we get to the end of the project and you’re not satisfied with the results, we will make best efforts, to provide you with the information and resources that meet your needs.

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