Fiscal Sponsorship

Through fiscal sponsorships, the Muste Institute enables organizations to receive tax-deductible contributions for educational work related to social justice education and activism. Sponsored projects generally do not have their own tax-exempt charitable status in the US and might not have the time, energy or financial ability to pursue tax-exempt status on their own (which typically requires an attorney). They may decide the status does not provide a significant advantage in their work. Accepting tax exempt donations through a fiscal sponsor is cost effective and allows organizations to begin working toward their goals with staff focused fully on the mission and programmatic work.

Administrative Fees

The Muste Institute takes a 7% administrative fee on all donations. Our fee covers all administrative costs of processing your fiscal sponsorship, such as staff time, and bank fees. If you are a relatively small organization, this can end up saving you some money in the long run. We also offer a free dedicated donate page for each fiscally sponsored organization on our website.

Not included in the 7% is any fee from a vendor associated with your fund, such as returned check fees. In those situations, our staff will be in touch with you.

Criteria for Fiscal Sponsorship Eligibility

  • Alignment with our Mission and Theory of Change.
  • Demonstrated history of effectiveness or a well thought out plan for future effective work.
  • Responsible and representative leadership structure and decision making process.
  • Engaged in activities which are legal and do not violate IRS rules for 501(c)3 organizations.
  • You must have a bank account in your group's name. We can not make payments to individuals.

Use the form below to begin our fiscal sponsorship application process:

We Are Sorry But Your Organization Does Not Meet Our Basic Requirements.

Please give us this additional information:
You will be the primary contact for this application.
You will receive multiple emails in this application process.
This must be the full legal name of the entity that will be reporting the income we disburse on their IRS tax return.
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