If you’re primarily looking to support your group’s fundraising efforts, Basic Fiscal Sponsorship may be all you need. It’s a good solution for groups that want to do a few small projects over a specified period of time or for groups with longer term programming that are comfortable doing their own tax reporting and general financial management. Through our Basic service, Shunpike:
Contributions can be received online (via credit card), by check, or by cash, and may be one-off or recurring. We also process contributions received through Indiegogo and Kickstarter, corporate employee matching programs, and eligible government grants and foundations. * Contributed income refers solely to income that has been donated or granted and is charitable in intent. Under Shunpike’s Basic Fiscal Sponsorship Service, any earned income (revenue generated by admissions, merchandise, concessions, memberships, workshop fees, etc.) remains the responsibility of the group and cannot be directed through Shunpike.
Through our Basic Fiscal Sponsorship Service, Shunpike fiscally sponsors arts groups and projects working in all artistic disciplines that:
* Because donations to fiscally sponsored groups and projects are tax-deductible, groups and projects must add value to the public or community in some way that doesn’t just benefit you as an artist or your group. Public benefit is broadly defined and public outcomes can include performances, exhibitions, workshops, screenings, artist talks, festivals, behind-the-scenes tours, open rehearsals, or any other public offering.**Where all other eligibility criterion is met, Shunpike can sponsor specific programs or projects of an LLC’s work, as long as they are clearly non-profit in purpose and distinct from the organization’s other for-profit activities
Shunpike offers fiscal sponsorship to independent arts groups because it is an important part of our non-profit mission. The fees we charge do not cover the full cost of the program and, in support of the artists we serve, we endeavor to keep all fees to a minimum. Following is a list of all fees and charges applicable to Shunpike’s fiscal sponsorship program:
Application Fee: All applications to Shunpike’s Fiscal Sponsorship Program incur a $25† non-refundable Application Fee, payable at the time of application. Establishment Fee: Under the Basic Fiscal Sponsorship Program, once your group or organization is accepted into the program, you pay a one-time Establishment Fee of $100†.
Service Fees: Once we get you up and running, groups in the Basic Fiscal Sponsorship Program pay a Service Fee of 7% on all contributions and grants received by Shunpike. Maintenance Fee: To maintain your account after the first year of sponsorship, groups in the Basic Fiscal Sponsorship Program pay an annual Maintenance Fee of $100†. Maintenance Fees are charged annually on the anniversary of your fiscal sponsorship agreement with Shunpike. Merchant Fees: All merchant fees directly attributable to income received on behalf of your fiscally sponsored group or project will be passed on to you (except for fees associated with income received via Click’n’Pledge – our online donation tool – which are currently absorbed by Shunpike). Merchant fees vary from provider to provider and while Shunpike endeavors to negotiate the best rate possible for its client arts groups, the setting of merchant fees is up to each provider.† Payments can be made via cash, check, or credit card (A 2.5% fee will be applied to credit card transactions)
Close-Out Fees: Groups in the Basic Fiscal Sponsorship Service pay a one-time Close-Out Fee of $25† when closing their account with Shunpike. Groups closing funds at any time other than their annual renewal date are not eligible for a pro-rata refund of their annual Maintenance Fee. *Please note: A group or project with unused funds remaining with Shunpike is subject to Shunpike’s Suspension of Fund Policy & Procedures.† Payments can be made via cash, check, or credit card (A 2.5% fee will be applied to credit card transactions)
If you think your arts group or project would benefit from Shunpike’s fiscal sponsorship services, please contact Kelly O’Brien or Jessica Wesley, Client Managers, to discuss your eligibility. If eligible, fill in a Fiscal Sponsorship Application Form and submit it to Shunpike by the required deadline (see details on application, agreement and renewal deadlines below). The application asks for information on your project or group’s proposed artistic activities, along with your financial and fundraising goals. For application questions, please contact Kelly or Jessica at Kelly@shunpike.org or Jessica@shunpike.org
Shunpike accepts applications for its fiscal sponsorship service three times a year on the first day of April, August and December (or the first business day thereafter if any of these dates fall on a weekend). Applications must be submitted by midnight (Pacific Standard Time), via our online form. Generally, you will hear about the status of your application by the end of the month in which you apply.
If your application is successful, you will be sent an agreement that must be signed no later than one month after the day it was sent to you by Shunpike. If we do not receive your signed agreement within one month, we cannot move ahead with fiscal sponsorship of your group or project.
Unless you tell us otherwise, your fiscal sponsorship account with Shunpike will remain active as long as you:
If you stop any of the above for a period of 12 months, your fiscal sponsorship account with Shunpike will be closed and any applicable Close-Out Fees will apply (see Fees and Charges above). On the anniversary of your contract renewal date, you will be asked to provide Shunpike with up-to-date information on your group, its artistic activities, and financial plans. This information helps us to assess the ongoing viability of your group and make any recommendations to assist your group in its ongoing development. Groups not providing this information by the date specified by Shunpike will not have their fiscal sponsorship account renewed and Shunpike can no longer accept contributions on their behalf.
Successful applicants who apply on April 1 will generally be contracted by the end of May and required to pay their annual Maintenance Fee by May 31 of the following year. Successful applicants who apply on August 1 will generally be contracted by the end of September and required to pay their annual Maintenance Fee by September 30 of the following year. Successful applicants who apply on December 1 will generally be contracted by the end of December and required to pay their annual Maintenance Fee by January 31 of the following year.
As a note, if you submit through our online form, you’ll still need to upload the “Appendix A: Shunpike Budget” as an attachment to your application.
1. Appendix A: Shunpike Budget (XLS Download) – Right-click (control-click on a Mac) the link and choose “Save Link As…” to save the document to your computer.
2. Please remit your Application Fee once you have completed the above application materials: Fiscal Sponsorship Application Fee Page