Regenerate Cascadia and it’s parent organization the Department of Bioregion is a bioregional and regenerative movement incubator. Using the analogy of a “mother log”, or backbone, we provide core services and supports to weave regenerative communities and projects, help find the support they need, and increase collective impact onto the scale of landscapes and that our planet need.
A core component of this is a 501(c)3 backend, of which, every bioregion is a program, and through those bioregions, automatically receive the benefits of the 501(c)3 umbrella, coming together at the top level to create a global collective of bioregional movements and organizers. In addition to that, each place based hub and bioregional guild can undertake their own projects, which are automatically sponsored under our umbrella. In addition, this is a service we offer to all regenerative organizers, communities and projects, serving as an incubator for projects and communities to receive donations, grants, services, and can assist in projects becoming their own 501(c)3 nonprofit if that is their goal.
What is Fiscal Sponsorship?
Fiscal sponsorship has evolved as an effective and efficient mode of starting new nonprofits, seeding social movements, and delivering public services. Fiscal sponsorship generally entails a nonprofit organization (the “fiscal sponsor”) agreeing to provide administrative services and oversight to, and assume some or all of the legal and financial responsibility for, the activities of groups or individuals engaged in work that relates to the fiscal sponsor’s mission.
We practice two types of fiscal sponsorship:
Comprehensive Fiscal Sponsorship – Model A
Legally, and in the eyes of the IRS, the project becomes a program, and part of the 501(c)3 organization. The Fiscal Sponsor directly receives Donations and Grants for the project or program, which is placed into a restricted fund (available only for the project), and the receipt and use of these funds are reported on the Fiscal Sponsor’s tax filings. The Fiscal Sponsor is responsible for the government filings, compliance tasks, fund disbursement, and financial reporting. Model A and B are similar in that the Fiscal Sponsor has fiduciary responsibility for the venture.
501(c)3 Sponsorship Means:
- Access to our insurance policy
- Payroll, tax reporting, withholdings for contractors and employees.
- Tax-deductible donations
- Internal resources
- Library and non-profit tools
- Access to our dedicated bank account or direct payouts.
- End-of-Year Tax Reporting
- Protection from Personal Liability
Regenerate Cascadia sponsors regenerative projects hosted by organizers within the Cascadia bioregion. The Department of Bioregion supports regenerative projects outside of the Cascadia bioregion. For this type of relationship, Regenerate Cascadia takes a 10% administrative fee.
Want to get sponsored or start a project?
Let us know! We’d love to connect and support your project in any way we can.
Applying for 501(c)3 Sponsorship
To apply for non-profit sponsorship under our 501(c)3 umbrella, please fill out our application form here. We will follow up with you within 1-5 business days.
Applications can take up to three months to approve and must be approved by a vote of our board of directors. If you’re thinking about applying reach out and let us know, join us for a meeting and let us know about your work. Establishing contact can greatly speed up the process.
What is the cost of joining our Non-Profit Collective?
The Department of Bioregion charges an administrative fee of 10% for comprehensive fiscal sponsorship. For pre-approved short-term grant sponsorships, we charge 15%. Each project is evaluated on a case-by-case basis by our board of directors. These costs cover processing fees, insurance liability, and general operating expenses.
No matter what, if your work aligns with ours, we would love to:
- share your work on our social media, our online updates and in our newsletter.
- empower, amplify and partner around campaigns or specific events your having.
If you would like sponsorship, we also can help by:
- Giving access to a suite of WordPress themes and plugins, as well as direct community space if helpful, as well as plugging in with our broader Regenerate Cascadia movement.
- Marketing, Fundraising, Communications and Nonprofit consulting.
- Ability for recurring and one-time donations, as well as a 501(c)(3) tax status for tax-deductible donations to empower your project.
- Support for strategic planning, raising awareness of your project and finding other volunteers.
- Mentorship collective with other project and project leaders.
Our Organizing Philosophy
We believe the people living in a place are the best suited to take the lead on issues affecting that area. Through our work, we connect projects, organizations and groups together, and work to strengthen each by providing services such as outreach, website support, fundraising, legal support, and anything else we can do to empower their success.
We sponsor and support any work that builds greater understandings of bioregions, promote place appropriate technologies and policies, provide direct funding for community projects, and support the creation of centers to determine the carrying capacities and regenerative frameworks for each watershed and bioregion we live in.