How We Help

Each project hosted at the Sixteen Thirty Fund receives full fiscal sponsorship support, customized to your needs so that you can more quickly achieve social and environmental goals on even the most complex endeavors. Working in partnership with a dedicated project team, we establish a restricted fund within Sixteen Thirty for your project and put together a suite of support to help you get your project off the ground and scale more quickly and cost-effectively than if you were launching a new nonprofit. While project staff focus on their programmatic activity, the Sixteen Thirty Fund team supports all aspects of your projects, from day-to-day administration to helping structure initiatives for success. Should your project eventually benefit from transitioning into an independent entity, our team can manage the full transition.

Because the distinctions between public education, lobbying, and political activity can be complex and dynamic, our staff can work with you to determine which activities are best supported with 501(c)(3) dollars, thereby enabling you to maximize the effectiveness of unrestricted but limited 501(c)(4) funds. Our staff is deeply knowledgeable about advocacy rules, and ensures that all activities and expenditures are compliant with IRS, FEC, and state and local regulations.

Our basic fiscal sponsorship services include:

In addition to the core fiscal sponsorship infrastructure, our team can offer a range of other supports and services to help donors meet their goals. These include:

Maximizing Affiliated 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) Campaigns

Achieving your philanthropic goals often requires a range of tactics—some charitable and educational as well as some lobbying and political activity that may not be appropriate for a public charity. In those instances, tandem campaigns—one at the Sixteen Thirty Fund for political and lobbying activities and one at an affiliated 501(c)(3) partner (the New Venture Fund, Hopewell Fund, or Windward Fund) for charitable, educational and limited lobbying activities—can help you make the most of your resources. Shared operations staff between the organizations can seamlessly manage tandem 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) campaigns, and an experienced team will work closely with you to track time, expenses, contracts, and other activities across both campaigns to ensure accurate reporting and compliance for separate 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) activities.

Lobbying and Political Activity Compliance

As a 501(c)(4) organization, the Sixteen Thirty Fund can engage in unlimited lobbying work and some political activities, such as endorsing candidates and partisan get-out-the-vote initiatives. The Sixteen Thirty Fund team has deep expertise in compliantly managing fast-paced advocacy work, including supporting ballot measures in states, and facilitating express advocacy and independent expenditures in presidential and congressional races. In addition to facilitating registration and reporting, whether with the IRS, the FEC, or relevant state agencies, we also have access to a broad network of professionals that we can help you tap into when you need them.

Training

We regularly hold trainings for Sixteen Thirty Fund project staff who want to better understand the rules governing advocacy, lobbying, and political activity. We partner with Alliance for Justice, one of the country’s leading nonprofit advocacy educators, on standard and customized trainings so that staff become better versed in the requirements and responsibilities related to 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) activities.

Grant Making

Sixteen Thirty’s team executes domestic and international grant-making projects. Our expertise and sophisticated technological infrastructure enable us to monitor funds in real time and quickly move funds to on-the-ground initiatives so that grantees can implement their programs. Our entire grant-making cycle is 30 days or less, and our web-based grants administration allows applicants easy 24/7 access to apply for funding no matter where they are located.

Donor Collaboratives

Sixteen Thirty manages many projects on which multiple donors work toward a common goal. We provide a neutral platform that enables donors to work together efficiently. We have built collaboratives from the ground up and helped leading donors establish their project’s infrastructure, set up its advisory board, and coordinate advisory board members and project activities.

Evaluation

Advocacy initiatives are complex and difficult to evaluate, yet understanding what works and what doesn’t is critical to making more effective decisions. The team that manages the Sixteen Thirty Fund has evaluated campaigns using rigorous qualitative and quantitative methods that drive toward actionable insights. We can partner with hosted projects to create evaluation frameworks, identify indicators that track progress, and develop dashboards that collect and present data for you to share progress with others. Projects use these to refine strategies, course-correct as needed, and isolate the most important variables driving success.