Fiscal Sponsorship Through DER
DER welcomes applications for fiscal sponsorship of film and media productions. We are particularly interested in projects that support our mission to foster cross-cultural understanding, but will consider a wide range of social issue documentaries.
As a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, Documentary Educational Resources has been offering fiscal sponsorship to film and educational media projects related to our mission since 1971. Profiles for a sampling of our current projects can be found here. DER has worked with numerous funding agencies, including:
Foundations, such as the Alec Baldwin Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Barr Foundation, The Ford Foundation, Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, Fledgling Fund, Golden Rule Foundation, I Have A Dream Foundation, Kaplan Fund, LEF Foundation,The MacArthur Foundation, Mary Wohlford Foundation, The National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF), National Philanthropic Trust, Park Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Roth Family Foundation, The Sloan Foundation, Spunk Foundation International, Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation, Sundance Institute, Tides Foundation, and the Wallace Genetic Foundation
Federal, state, and community agencies and humanities councils, including The Alaska Humanities Forum, Corporation For Public Broadcasting (CPB), The Cambridge Arts Council, Community Foundation of Western Mass, The Maine Humanities Council, The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), Mass Humanities, National Endowment For the Humanities (NEH), The National Science Foundation (NSF), The New Hampshire Humanities Council (NHHC), The Rhode Island Committee on the Humanities (RICH), and the RI Council for the Humanities
What is "fiscal sponsorship"?
Fiscal sponsorship is a fundraising tool that allows independent media makers and producers to access funding from entities that require non-profit status in order to receive funds. These include many foundation and government funding agencies, from the MacArthur Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities to local humanities councils and foundations.
As your fiscal sponsor, we can also accept tax-free donations from individuals. All private donors receive a letter documenting their tax-free donation.
While we don't give direct cash support, we do evaluate and provide feedback on proposals for funding, provide letters of support, and, if appropriate, indicate our potential interest in the project for distribution. We can also direct you to funding opportunities and other resources that can help you in completing your project.
For information on applying for fiscal sponsorship through DER, see our Application page.