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History of fiscal sponsorship: My eye view

by | Apr 25, 2022

Gregory Colvin discusses fiscal sponsorship in a January 2022 Zoom meeting.

In January, I was invited to present a talk on the history of fiscal sponsorship to a Zoom forum called COVID Conversations, a weekly meeting of a nationwide group of fiscal sponsorship practitioners organized by Andrew Schulman and Oliver Hack. More than 70 people attended the call, each appearing in their own little box, including many old friends.

I began by telling the group that my engagement with fiscal sponsorship started in 1989 when John Edie, general counsel for the Council on Foundations in Washington, D.C., published an article called “Fiscal Agents Can Be Illegal.” This challenge to the legitimacy of a growing phenomenon within the charitable sector was the crucible, the birth of fire that got me into this subject.

San Francisco Study Center’s Fiscal Sponsor Directory is posting a series of excerpts from my talk as part of its sector news highlights. Here are links to the first and second installments.

And if you’re interested in joining the weekly meetings, free to all staff members of fiscal sponsor organizations, register here.