Ag Innovations Network

101 Morris Street, Suite 212
Santa Rosa, CA 95472
(707) 823-6111

Dan Schurman
Chief Operating Officer

Year organization became a 501(c)(3): 2002
Year of first fiscal sponsorship: 2006
Number of sponsored projects: 3

Fiscal sponsorship fee:
Our typical fee is 8% of gross revenue. For small-scale projects, we negotiate fixed fees. We change a 2-4% premium for government grants. Fees for all projects are independently evaluated based on the project and its expected service demands. We are not accepting new projects as of July 2015.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Aligned mission/values: Focus on systemic change
  • Type of service
  • Has an advisory group: An advisory board is required for Model A direct projects

Types of projects or services we sponsor:

  • Children, youth and families
  • Economic development
  • Education
  • Environment/sustainable growth
  • Health/nutrition
  • Housing
  • People or communities of color/minorities
  • Political advocacy/social justice
  • Women
  • Youth development
  • Other: We are willing to sponsor a wide variety of projects that impact any element of the food system. All projects must have a focus on long-term sustainability, either directly or indirectly.

Services we offer projects:

  • Auditing
  • Bill paying
  • Bookkeeping/accounting
  • Computer IT
  • Human resource management
  • Insurance
  • Office space
  • Organizational development
  • Payroll
  • Receiving property and stock donations
  • Tax reporting
  • Other: We offer the core fiscal sponsorship services: accounting, HR, audit, payroll, and donation management. Sponsored projects become part of a learning community and have the chance to share best practices and collaborate on projects and fund development. We offer website hosting and organizational development support.

Based on Fiscal Sponsorship: 6 Ways to Do It Right: Our model(s) of fiscal sponsorship are:

  • Model A, Direct Project

Organization description:
Ag Innovations Network (AIN) was founded in 2000 to build a better future for farmers, consumers and communities. Our organization focuses on providing "backbone" services to communities, stakeholders and other organizations that enable them to act effectively to make change. Our projects include development of community organizations to address challenges faced by farmers and the public in growing and accessing healthy food, creation and facilitation of alliances between diverse interests to solve tough food system problems such as access to water and economic viability. Over the past half-decade, we have developed a focus on fiscal sponsorship out of a need to support projects that have spun out of our community work. This growing part of our organization is focused on excellent service and low costs to enable new organizations to do more. We are not accepting new projects as of July 2015.

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