Fiscal Sponsorship

Grants and philanthropic funding from individuals, foundations, corporations, or government organizations often face restrictions that require the recipient to be tax-exempt organizations.

BFI’s Fiscal Sponsorship program supports and incubates small independent projects and programs that face these funding restrictions through a legal and financial mechanism by which BFI, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, serves as a conduit for financial resources, while providing administrative support as well as other collaborative opportunities.

Many exciting projects are and have been incubated by our Fiscal Sponsorship platform, and some have even gone on to become 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations themselves.

The program is yet another way BFI is actively committed to supporting the emergence of new initiatives.

Contact us by emailing [email protected] if you’d like to inquire about obtaining a Fiscal Sponsorship for your project.

Sustainability Leaders Network

Sustainability Leaders Network’s mission is to enhance the capacity of sustainability champions who are versed in the practices of vision, systems thinking, reflective conversation, and creative expression. They draw inspiration, teachings and strategy from Donella Meadows, Buckminster Fuller, and others who use a systems approach towards sustainability. Through engagement of our Fellows Network, young leaders, aspiring farmers, and artists for sustainability, they build leadership capacity in people who are creating inspiring solutions for social and environmental challenges. By communicating what’s working and building on successes, they aim to motivate more people to join the sustainability movement and, in turn, increase and reinforce momentum for a better future.

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Innovation 4.4

Innovation 4.4 is a public-private partnership that enables the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by aligning innovation with 4.4 billion years of our planetary systems. Innovation 4.4 is building an ecosystem of partners – academic institutions, commercialization partners, investors, corporations, thought-leaders aimed at producing an integrated systemic approach to commercializing and deploying the technologies humanity most needs.

Techné Verde

Techné Verde is an applied research group focused on “ICT for a World That Works” – advanced Information and Communications Technology solutions for the global civic sector. Specialized in online collaboration tools that enable synergies and collective intelligence, the group advises non-profit and philanthropic organizations and supports communities building regenerative culture.

Just People

Just People connects resources – money, time, people, media – to impactful projects around the globe. Through our access, experience, and networks, we identify places where there are seeds of innovation and organizing that, with external support, hold the potential to be game-changing initiatives in the field of humanitarian aid and international development. We center locals as the leaders of these initiatives and work to drive resources directly to them. We build spaces that create the conditions for innovative, human-centered design problem solving; we create a physical infrastructure that is designed and built by locals. Just People’s work finds beauty in unexpected places around the world.

Climate Science for Youth

Climate Science for Youth (CSCY), a fiscal sponsee of BFI, is empowering a generation of climate justice organizers. CSCY is a student and womxn of color-led initiative that seeks to create an inclusive outlet for members to politically engage in their communities and to empower Black, Indigenous, and youth of color to impact climate justice policy.

CSCY was created when one of its co-founders proposed and researched a climate education bill to her state senator in August 2019. The bill was formally introduced into both New York State legislative bodies and was referred to as s7341. CSCY was formalized to participate in all aspects of advocacy work during the upcoming legislative session, to ensure that bills like s7341 continue to gain momentum, and to also empower young Black, Indigenous, and youth of color.

CSCY works to create an inclusive outlet for young people, while also training and teaching youth organizers the rhetorical tools to engage and understand policy conversation. With this platform, CSCY will create space for underrepresented groups in STEAM and the climate movement to have active engagement. CSCY’s goal is to implement and advocate for policy in our society while catalyzing conversations about bills that would establish regulations that protect marginalized communities.

CSCY has just launched their new Model Curricula L.A.B. Program, to find out more here.