The Oakland Spiders are a professional ultimate frisbee team based in Oakland, California. The team is dedicated to helping the community through the Spiders Community Web that offers ultimate frisbee youth programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. When the Spiders’ General Manager, Jackson Stearns, realized that potential sponsors were interested to know if the team was a 501(c)(3) nonprofit because donations could then be tax deductible, a donor suggested that the team should create a Fiscal Sponsorship
By setting up a Fiscal Sponsorship with UI Charitable, the Spiders are able to receive tax-deductible donations without needing to establish their own 501(c)(3) organization.
The Spiders Community Web partners with local parks and recreation departments to provide half-day camp programs. Parks and recreation departments provide physical space and marketing, and the Spiders Community Web brings the trainers and expertise. During the summer of 2023, Spiders Community Web hosted 10 youth camps, as well as an independent middle school camp. In the future, they plan to host after-school classes and PE clinics.
“Sports are typically a positive influence in the community, especially for young people and kids because it teaches them teamwork, it teaches them resiliency, and gives them physical exercise,” Stearns said.
Stearns says that the Fiscal Sponsorship was the fastest way to get a program up and running: “If you are serious about getting a nonprofit started and creating a business or an entity that is doing positive work in your community, the fiscal sponsorship is a great route to do that”.
Fiscal sponsorship is a great way to kickstart your impact. For more information, contact Sarah Lundskog at email@example.com.
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