September 2020
Fiscal Sponsorship Program:
Supporting Grassroots Change-Makers
Do you know someone trying to get a project or organization off the ground? Interested in starting your own non-profit, but not sure where to start? PDF's Fiscal Sponsorship Program may be the right fit for you!

Fiscal Sponsorship is a partnership model in which PDF extends our 501(c)(3) non-profit status to charitable projects and organizations, accepts and administers tax-deductible donations on their behalf, and provides an administrative “home” with tailored technical assistance. Many groups utilize fiscal sponsorship as an "incubator" before applying for their own 501(c)(3) status, while some choose this model to save on administrative costs.

Just this year PDF welcomed new fiscally sponsored groups like the Western Mass Asylum Support Network, People's Justice Project, Southern Farm Lab, and the Migrant, Immigrant and Refugee Rights Alliance. Other groups in the program include:
PDF's Fiscal Sponsorship Program supports dozens of projects and organizations that align with our values and our mission of strengthening movements for peace, social justice and human rights. These groups work on a diverse range of issues including global peacekeeping, prison support services, Indigenous sovereignty, reproductive justice, and arts, cultural and educational projects. Email Foundation Officer Emily Serafy-Cox if you're interested in learning more about fiscal sponsorship or visit our website.

Here's what some of our fiscally sponsored projects had to say about the program:

Taller Guaguarey, a community-based arts program in Puerto Rico, said, "In our start-up phase, it was beneficial to know that PDF was responsible for accounting and acknowledging all tax-exempt donations and reporting them to the IRS. It gave us confidence and motivation to focus on our goals and mission."

The San Francisco Living Wage Coalition said, "Our supporters could see that we are connected to other social and economic justice organizations around the country and it places us in the context of a larger movement."

The MEANS Collective, a media and human rights organization, said, "Through fiscal sponsorship, Peace Development Fund continues to provide structure, creative programs, and inspiration to help us envision and actualize the best way to serve and grow in our mission."

Read more about our Fiscal Sponsorship Program, PDF sponsored projects working for reproductive justice, and our De Colores Rapid Response Fund in our 2020 Fall Newsletter, which is hot off the press!
Illustration Courtesy of Caitlin Blunnie
Please join us for our upcoming Peace Talk on October 14th, featuring Nick Tilsen, President and CEO of The NDN Collective - an Indigenous-led, power-building organization with a mission to "Defend, Develop, and Decolonize."

Nick Tilsen is awaiting trial for three felony charges stemming from a July 3rd action in the Black Hills in the hours leading up to President Donald Trump’s visit to Mount Rushmore. While twenty Land Defenders were arrested that day, Tilsen, a well-respected community leader and long-time advocate for Indigenous rights, is the only Land Defender facing felony charges. Tilsen now faces up to 16 years in prison if convicted of all charges. 

Nick Tilsen will discuss his ongoing legal fight and more broadly, how organizers and funders can support Indigenous-led resistance and struggles for Native Sovereignty in this era of criminalized dissent and reconfigured historical narratives. 

In case you missed it - PDF Grantee Rise St. James!
Rise St. James, one of PDF's 2020 Community Organizing Grantees, has been organizing to stop the construction of one of the world’s largest plastic-making petrochemical plants in the predominantly African-American community of St. James, Louisiana. The facility would emit more than 13 million tons of greenhouse gases each year — the equivalent of operating three coal fired electric power plants

Read our grantee spotlight, "Environmental Injustice, Racism and the Struggle for Black Lives in Louisiana" to learn more about the work one of PDF's grantees is doing on the ground.
Mark Your Calendars:

Community Organizing Grants Town Hall
November 17th 3pm ET  
November 19th 6pm ET 
Join PDF for two roundtable discussions with several of our 2020 Community Organizing Grantees from across the country. This dialogue will bring together community organizers working on different issues and will highlight some of the successes and challenges facing organizers in the movement today. Register by clicking here.

Support Peace Development Fund on this #GivingTuesday 2020
December 1st, 2020 
#GivingTuesday is an international day of charitable giving. Please support PDF’s goal of raising $5,000 for our Community Organizing Grants cycle. Your support will provide grants to grassroots organizations working toward peace, justice and lasting systemic change in their community.
Thank you for your support.