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A place to grow and thrive

Think of your campaign, project, or initiative as a plant, and a fiscal host as a lovingly tended garden. The host maintains an environment where your unique bush, vine, or tree can get watered, grow, and bloom.

What is a host?

A host is an organization that welcomes others to operate through their structure, so projects can use the host’s legal entity and bank account instead of setting up their own. The host provides administrative services, oversight, and support.

*hosting is also called fiscal sponsorship, fund-holding, or auspicing in different places around the world.

What are the benefits?

Organizing takes work, hosts are here to help.

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Focus on your mission

Hosts take care of a lot of the tedious and painful administrative tasks involved in running an organization. The host becomes your legal entity, handling taxes, invoicing, and accounting—so you can spend your time engaging supporters, building your campaign, and achieving your main mission.

Money management
Money management

Money management

Using your personal bank account can complicate your taxes, and it locks out other team members. A host holds money on your behalf in its bank account, tracking everything transparently on Open Political. Everyone can have access to see the budget and to tools for fundraising and requesting payouts.

How can a host help?

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Accept and spend funds

Accept and spend funds immediately

You can often get approved very quickly, even instantly, ready to receive and disburse funds and get operational. Compared with traditional sponsorship or setting up your own entity, activating with a host is super streamlined.

Accept and spend funds immediately

You can often get approved very quickly, even instantly, ready to receive and disburse funds and get operational. Compared with traditional sponsorship or setting up your own entity, activating with a host is super streamlined.

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Ongoing transparency

Designed for ongoing transparency

If your project doesn’t have an expiration date, neither should your funding. A standard crowdfunding campaign is over once it’s over. A single grant is spent once it’s spent. But hosting helps you combine different income streams and form ongoing relationships with funders.

Designed for ongoing transparency

If your project doesn’t have an expiration date, neither should your funding. A standard crowdfunding campaign is over once it’s over. A single grant is spent once it’s spent. But hosting helps you combine different income streams and form ongoing relationships with funders.

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Networking & solidarity

Networking & solidarity

A host is by definition a community of projects with something in common. They can provide services to their members as a whole, and enable connections between projects. Whether it’s about joining budgets or joining voices, join a host that’s more than the sum of its parts.

Networking & solidarity

A host is by definition a community of projects with something in common. They can provide services to their members as a whole, and enable connections between projects. Whether it’s about joining budgets or joining voices, join a host that’s more than the sum of its parts.

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Reporting & transparency

Automatic reporting & transparency

No need to spend hours creating reports for funders. The Open Political platform has automated quantitative reporting built in. Just sent a link to your page! There are great tools for qualitative reporting too, like posting blogs and newsletters, which also serve to keep your wider community engaged and up to date.

Automatic reporting & transparency

No need to spend hours creating reports for funders. The Open Political platform has automated quantitative reporting built in. Just sent a link to your page! There are great tools for qualitative reporting too, like posting blogs and newsletters, which also serve to keep your wider community engaged and up to date.

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Your finances in one place

Organize your finances, all in one place

No more messy spreadsheets! Income from credit card transactions, bank transfers, PayPal, even ticket sales, grants, and sponsorships are all tracked automatically in one transparent budget. With a robust yet user-friendly system for submitting and approving expenses, tracking outgoing funds is a breeze, too.

Organize your finances, all in one place

No more messy spreadsheets! Income from credit card transactions, bank transfers, PayPal, even ticket sales, grants, and sponsorships are all tracked automatically in one transparent budget. With a robust yet user-friendly system for submitting and approving expenses, tracking outgoing funds is a breeze, too.

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Accept and spend funds

Accept and spend funds immediately

You can often get approved very quickly, even instantly, ready to receive and disburse funds and get operational. Compared with traditional sponsorship or setting up your own entity, activating with a host is super streamlined.

Accept and spend funds immediately

You can often get approved very quickly, even instantly, ready to receive and disburse funds and get operational. Compared with traditional sponsorship or setting up your own entity, activating with a host is super streamlined.

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Who is hosting for?

There are multiple cases where hosting can be valuable for a project.

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Emergent campaigns

To current events, like the pandemic.

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Grant recipients or applicants

Who need a place to receive the funds and hold them as they are spent down.

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Time-limited projects

Where it doesn't make sense to set up a whole new organization only to wind it up six months later.

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An unincorporated group

Like a meetup, needing to fundraise, collect membership dues, or sign a contract with a venue or sponsor.

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A crowdfunding campaign

Seeking a place to hold the money and a way to offer accountability to their donors.

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Young activists and change-makers

Who may lack the experience to manage their own legal entity.

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A newly-forming charity

Who wants to enable tax-deductible donations and philanthropic grants, without waiting to get charity status themselves.

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A distributed collaboration

A project, which isn’t owned by anyone and wants resources held in common.

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Founder coalitions

A project, which isn’t owned by anyone and wants resources held in common.

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Companies giving back

Can work with a nonprofit host to separate funds from the commercial side and coordinate grants and sponsorships.

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Companies giving back

Who may be restricted to funding registered charities, seeking to partner with a host in order reach less formal communities.

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Emergent campaigns

To current events, like the pandemic.

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Grant recipients or applicants

Who need a place to receive the funds and hold them as they are spent down.

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Time-limited projects

Where it doesn't make sense to set up a whole new organization only to wind it up six months later.

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An unincorporated group

Like a meetup, needing to fundraise, collect membership dues, or sign a contract with a venue or sponsor.

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A crowdfunding campaign

Seeking a place to hold the money and a way to offer accountability to their donors.

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Young activists and change-makers

Who may lack the experience to manage their own legal entity.

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A newly-forming charity

Who wants to enable tax-deductible donations and philanthropic grants, without waiting to get charity status themselves.

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A distributed collaboration

A project, which isn’t owned by anyone and wants resources held in common.

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Founder coalitions

A project, which isn’t owned by anyone and wants resources held in common.

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Companies giving back

Can work with a nonprofit host to separate funds from the commercial side and coordinate grants and sponsorships.

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Companies giving back

Who may be restricted to funding registered charities, seeking to partner with a host in order reach less formal communities.

Apply to one of our Fiscal Hosts

Join Organizations around the nation by using Open Political to host, get started and create your own fiscal host.

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Negotiamini Media Corp

Negotiamini Media Corp.

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Open Political

A fully transparent platform for campaigns interested in ending the dark money influence.

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Become a Host

Become a host and help end the dark money influence.

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Negotiamini Media Corp

Negotiamini Media Corp.

Apply

🇺🇸 United States

Open Political

A fully transparent platform for campaigns interested in ending the dark money influence.

Apply

🇺🇸 United States

Become a Host

Become a host and help end the dark money influence.

Apply

🇺🇸 United States

Negotiamini Media Corp

Negotiamini Media Corp.

Apply

🇺🇸 United States

Open Political

A fully transparent platform for campaigns interested in ending the dark money influence.

Apply

🇺🇸 United States

Become a Host

Become a host and help end the dark money influence.

Apply

Finding the right Host for you

Some key things to consider when looking for the right fit

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Mission alignment

Hosts usually have specific topics or areas they are designed to serve. When it comes to the application process, their acceptance criteria will fit in that scope.

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Location

Which state a PAC is based in will determine the tax liabilities

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Legal structure

Do you want your host to be a charity, a company, a cooperative, or something else? E.g. a charity structure can enable tax-deductible donations, but may also have more restrictions on allowed activities.

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Services offered

Do you want your host to be a charity, a company, a cooperative, or something else? E.g. a charity structure can enable tax-deductible donations, but may also have more restrictions on allowed activities.

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Fees

Hosts often charge a fee for the service they provide. Some hosts keep fees low and offer a lightweight service, while others have higher fees and provide more support. Some Hosts don’t charge fees at all.

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Operations

There are a few different models of fiscal sponsorship (depending on state as well). Check to see that you are using the one that is best aligns with your needs.

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Mission alignment

Hosts usually have specific topics or areas they are designed to serve. When it comes to the application process, their acceptance criteria will fit in that scope.

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Location

Which state a PAC is based in will determine the tax liabilities

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Legal structure

Do you want your host to be a charity, a company, a cooperative, or something else? E.g. a charity structure can enable tax-deductible donations, but may also have more restrictions on allowed activities.

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Services offered

Do you want your host to be a charity, a company, a cooperative, or something else? E.g. a charity structure can enable tax-deductible donations, but may also have more restrictions on allowed activities.

Icon

Fees

Hosts often charge a fee for the service they provide. Some hosts keep fees low and offer a lightweight service, while others have higher fees and provide more support. Some Hosts don’t charge fees at all.

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Operations

There are a few different models of fiscal sponsorship (depending on state as well). Check to see that you are using the one that is best aligns with your needs.