New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)- A Nationwide Resource for Individuals In The Creative Arts!

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).

Fiscal Sponsorship

“NYFA has been the fiscal sponsor of both of my films, The Children of Chabannes and Imagining Peace because I find the staff there to be so supportive of the work. For a large organization, I feel the human touch of all involved. The individuals who work at NYFA genuinely care about the progress of my projects. From a funder’s perspective, knowing that my films are sponsored by NYFA adds an air of credibility to my projects.”–Lisa Gossels, Filmmaker

Donate to a sponsored artist project or emerging arts organization

APPLICATION IS NOW AVAILABLE!Fiscal Sponsorship is a critical way for individual artists, artists’ collaborative projects, and emerging arts organizations in all disciplines to apply for funding usually available only to organizations with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.  The right fiscal sponsor will not only allow you to manage your project efficiently, but can actually help you to raise more money and realize your artistic vision more fully.

The New York Foundation for the Arts’ (NYFA) Fiscal Sponsorship Program is one of the oldest, largest, most prestigious and artist friendly in the country.  We take a passionate interest in your work and give you the advice, assistance and the tools your need to succeed.  We see ourselves as your partner and do everything we can to help you manage your administrative tasks, so you can spend more time creating.

Our next application deadline is June 30, 2010. For now, applications are only available one month prior to the deadline. Please watch the video below to get a sense of what the program is about and what’s required to apply. The video is the most up to date and helpful information for new applicants. Other deadlines in 2010 are September 30 and December 31, 2010. NOTE: Application information and forms are posted online about a month before each deadline.

here are several advantages to working with NYFA:

1. NYFA is one of the country’s most respected not-for-profit arts organizations.  Fiscal Sponsorship is just one portion of the multi-faceted services we provide to artists.   By working with us, you gain access to all of our services.

2. Because of our exemplary reputation, funders consider our Fiscal Sponsorship Program to be the gold standard.  When you apply for grants using NYFA, funders know your project has been thoroughly reviewed and vetted, which improves your chances of receiving their support.

3. No funds need to be raised to be accepted into the program.  We are looking for artists and organizations we can believe in and work with over time.  Once you are accepted into the program, we will do everything we can to help you raise the funds you need.

4. Unparalleled service provided by people who care about your project.  Our sponsorship team is expert in the field.  Our Program Officers are experienced and committed to serving artists. Matthew Seig, Media Specialist for Fiscal Sponsorship, is creating new programs for filmmakers in 2010. Rory Golden, our newest team member is a visual artist, who, along with Matthew Seig and Program Officer Rachel Gourvitz, an experienced arts administrator, will answer all of your questions regarding the sometimes complicated and confusing world of fundraising. They can help you avoid common mistakes and make the process as smooth as possible.

5. No hidden fees.  NYFA takes a higher percentage of donations than some other programs, but we offer more free services, so in the end, you are paying the same (if not less) for greater service and a higher degree of fundraising success.  For example:

Service NYFA Other Fiscal Sponsors
Application Fee Free $50 – $125
Individual consultations Free Fees per consultation
Calls for questions Free Fees per call
Registration of projects for government funders and the MAP Fund Free $40 (per application)
Review of an unlimited number of funding proposals (even 10 days before the deadline) Free $40 or more depending on the number of proposals
Availability of funds Immediate 10 day waiting period
Generation of 1099s and other tax documents Free Not offered
Promotional opportunities NYFA promotes the work of our sponsored artists on our website, in emails to donors artists and VIPs and at events such as the ACE Film Festival Not offered
Goodwill with your contributors Personalized, project-specific, hand signed thank you letters to everyone who contributes more than $250 to your project Generic, computer-generated letters, which make no mention of you or your work

Finally, working with NYFA provides you with a wealth of knowledge and experience that will serve you well throughout your career.

Additional Information
For further information, please read our FAQ page.
For upcoming application seminars, see our Information Seminars page.
For email updates, join Fiscal Sponsorship’s email list!

For additional information, please contact Rachel Gourvitz at 212.366.6900 x220 or by email at

We Thank Our Funders!
NYFA’s Fiscal Sponsorship program is made possible by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and New York Community Trust.

Fiscal Sponsorship Seminar from NYFA on Vimeo.

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