Communities United Mentorship Project
Sharing our knowledge
Pollution is a detriment to our quality of life as humans and knows no boundaries. We strive to help individuals and other communities who are facing similar issues by providing educational support, sharing of resources, and mentorship to ensure that others maintain or obtain clean and health communities.
We strive to be of service to other communities in the Southwestern Pennsylvania region to help them better protect themselves from unconventional gas development and its associated infrastructure.
In order to serve other communities, we are offering mentorship and guidance to individuals or groups that want to work toward social change in their community.
We can discuss with other community members how to organize groups, participate in the local process and educate, engage, and empower their own communities for social change. We will also direct groups to other organizations in our network that can help them achieve their goals.
We offer fiscal sponsorship to groups or individuals that want to apply for grant funding for their organizing efforts but do not have 501(c)3 nonprofit status.
Click here to fill out the Application for Fiscal Sponsorship Form. Once you have completed and submitted the form, we will discuss your application with our Board and let you know if their decision. Any additional paperwork you can provide to help the Board make their decision on funding your group can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org .
What is fiscal sponsorship?
A Fiscal Sponsorship is a formal arrangement in which a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization sponsors a group or a project that lacks exempt status. This allows the group to seek grants and solicit tax-deductible donations under the sponsor's tax-exempt status.
What are the advantages of having a fiscal sponsorship?
Having a fiscal sponsor can be more efficient for small groups that do not have manpower or time to handle all the paperwork necessary for a 501(c)3. Groups that have sponsorship can focus more on fulfilling their mission and engaging with their community. Partnering with a fiscal sponsor can help groups gain more funding.
What does a fiscal sponsorship cost?
Fiscal sponsors have different costs. Some charge as little as 2 percent, while others charge around 10 percent of gross profits.
Do you need an attorney?
Fiscal Sponsorship Agreements involve written contracts. You should always ask your sponsor questions if you do not understand part of the contract. If you are still unsure what you are getting into, it would be advisable to have an attorney read it through.
Protect Our Children Coalition has a guide called Organizing ABCs that gives information on becoming informed on shale gas development and organizing your own group.
Some of the current and past groups participating in the mentorship program include Citizens 4 Plum, Sustainable Monroeville, North Braddock Residents for Our Future, Safety 7 (Mariner East), and Murrysville Watch Committee, Protect Elizabeth Township.