Fundraising

The California Fire Safe Council receives requests for proposals from various funding organizations, so signing up for the CFSC E-Newsletter is a great way to receive current funding announcements. 

If you have a suggestion or would like to add information about a funding resource please contact the California Fire Safe Council. 

Grant Resources – CLICK HERE!
Government Grant Programs
Private Foundation Grants
Grants and Awards that focus on Youth
 (Fire Prevention Grant Terms Glossary)

Donations and Fundraisers – CLICK HERE!
Things to consider when seeking donations
Popular fundraising ideas

Questions to consider as you plan fundraising campaigns and consider grant opportunities:

Is your Fire Safe Council a 501(c)(3) organization?
If you answered “yes”, that’s GREAT!  Use the tax-deductible donation as a selling point when approaching potential donors/funders.  You should plan to provide a receipt or other form of documentation (including your Tax ID #) to your donors to verify your organization’s tax-exempt status.

If you answered “no”, you might consider researching the steps to becoming a 501(c)(3).  Some good resources for information include:

Check out the “Steps to Incorporation and Tax Exemption” page 24 of the handbook (page 30 of the PDF) for a handy to-do list that helps you understand the process.

This is Step 1 – Becoming a state-recognized organization

Lots of information on being a tax-exempt organization, including the application

Do you need a fiscal sponsor? 
If you are not a 501c3 or an organization that can receive donations, you might want to look for a fiscal sponsor.  According to Nolo (a company that strives to make the law accessible to everyone), a fiscal sponsor is a “nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization that acts as a guardian of grants and donations for a fledgling group or project that hasn’t yet applied for or received 501(c)(3) status” (http://www.nolo.com/dictionary/fiscal-sponsor-term.html). 

A new Fire Safe Council can really benefit from developing a relationship with a fiscal sponsor.  With a fiscal sponsor, your organization can elicit tax-deductible donations and/or apply for various grant programs, including the Grants Clearinghouse.

Here are some useful links for learning more about fiscal sponsorship:

  • Foundation Center offers answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Fiscal Sponsorship:

              http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/faqs/html/fiscal_agent.html

  • Tides Center has established the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors:

               http://www.tidescenter.org/fiscal-sponsorship/nnfs/index.html

  • Fiscalsponsordirectory.org is a tool created by the San Francisco Study Center to help connect community projects with fiscal sponsors:

              http://www.fiscalsponsordirectory.org/

  • Non-Profit Law Blog:

               http://www.nonprofitlawblog.com/home/fiscal-sponsorship/

  • Fusion Partnerships:

                http://fusionpartnerships.wordpress.com/fiscal-sponsorship/

               http://fusiongroup.org/fiscalsponsor_001.htm

  • National Network of Fiscal Sponsors:

               http://www.tides.org/community/networks-partners/nnfs/

  • Adler & Colvin

                http://www.adlercolvin.com/resources/basic-resources.php#tab_forms