Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Fiscal Sponsorship?
A: Fiscal sponsorship is a fast and cost-effective way to bring good ideas to fruition. Fiscal Sponsorship allows groups to collaborate on a specific issue, or work through new approaches to improving social services, without the burdensome task of applying for their own independent IRS nonprofit status. Fiscal sponsorship solves a multitude of problems quickly. An organization can take form, begin receiving tax-deductible donations, obtain liability insurance coverage and have access to experience and leadership–all by becoming a fiscally sponsored project.
Q: How is ISI different from other fiscal sponsorship, training & consulting services?
A: ISI uses a unique ‘Inquiring Systems’ approach to problem solving. We have a systemic approach to understanding and managing ecosystems (nonprofit and for-profit organizations ARE ecosystems) that involves asking lots of questions! This helps us determine what resources are needed, and how best to help our clients maintain economic viability and sustainability.
Q: How do people learn about ISI?
A: Satisfied clients have referred over 98% of our 3700+ clients to us over the years. ISI has been in business since 1978 and has a long successful track record of providing comprehensive and effective services. In addition to over 3700 clients, we have also trained over 26,000 senior executives and board members in our workshops.
Q: How do I know if ISI can help my organization?
A: ISI will provide a preliminary assessment of your situation, at no charge, through a telephone discussion or a direct meeting with you at our offices in Sonoma, CA. Based on our discussion, we’ll determine if further analysis is required, and/or if we are a fit.
Q: What do ISI services cost?
A: It depends on which services you contract with us.

Our base rate for Fiscal Sponsorship services is 7% of revenues. Plus we have a start-up fee of $850. This can be split into payments if needed.

Our Business Management Services are based on specific needs. Please ask for our Rates and Fees sheet for detailed information.

If you are interested in development and resilience services, a conversation is definitely in order.

Please review this document regarding our Fee Schedule and contact us with any questions.

Q: Can we get a grant or financial support to cover the cost of your services?
A: Foundations have occasionally provided technical support grants to help cover the cost of our services. Our contracts include detailed language outlining the scope of services and costs, enabling foundations to evaluate the benefits derived from our services.

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