A sampling of Study Center's fiscally sponsored projects


San Francisco Study Center’s first sponsored project in 1975 taught us that a fiscal sponsor can be both mentor and partner in building capacity in community startups of all kinds. Our interests are broad, and the process of finding out if we are a good fit with your project is uncomplicated: Describe your project clearly, document why it’s needed, and tell us what local agencies, institutions, potential clients or constituents support your idea. We may be able to help you realize it.

In addition to Study Center’s privately funded fiscal sponsor projects, we are an intermediary for dozens of city-funded programs, largely in health, behavioral health, housing and community development.

Some current projects

The following is a sampling of our fiscally sponsored projects with the full list below. To donate to any project, click here.

Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco

HRC offers free drop-in and call-in counseling for San Francisco tenants in rent-controlled units and public and Section 8 housing. It advocates for tenants, sponsors workshops and community meetings, and organizes entire buildings to fight against displacement and evictions, such as this 2015 rally in the Mission District. Photo Courtesy Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco

Terry’s Kids

Free music programs — performances, concerts, clinics and lessons — help shape Bay Area students’ abilities, encourage discipline and engage them in the joy of music, especially in locales where budget cuts have eliminated music from their curriculum. The project also supports four children’s music troupes in Cuba, including Clave de Sol, pictured here. Photo Courtesy of Terry’s Kids

Empowering Youth with Disabilities

Adults with disabilities mentor San Francisco public middle and high school students with disabilities. EDY’s mission is to improve students’ academic skills and their social skills as they interact with others, both those with and without disabilities. Pictured are EYD Project Leader Ivana Kirola, left, and mentor Sharon Jones. Photo Courtesy Empowering Youth with Disabilities

Ethnic Media Services

Founded in 2018 following the closure of New America Media, Ethnic Media Services works to strengthen the ethnic media sector and youth communications in underserved communities. In an EMS program, San Joaquin Delta College students participated in writing workshops to “break the silence” on mental health issues on their campus. Their stories were published in “Breaking Silence,” which Study Center staff edited and designed.

Peace Club

Hosting a health fair, volunteering at a food bank or belting out karaoke, pictured here, gives San Francisco International High School student Peace Club members opportunities to practice English, make new friends, understand different cultures and celebrate diversity. Photo Courtesy Peace Club

Josie’s Place

For Bay Area children and teens mourning the death of a parent, sibling, close relative or friend, Josie’s Place offers activities — like creating this Day of the Dead altar — and peer-support groups that give young people a safe place to express their feelings and grieve. Photo Laurel Braitman

Study Center fiscally sponsored projects include

ACCDO (American College of Clinical Documentation Outcomes)
Amigos Internationales
AND Architecture + Community Planning
Bayview-Hunters Point Community Advocates
Belmont PTO
BiSHoP: Bill Sorro Housing Program
Castro Community Meeting Room
Center for Social Isolation Remedies
Ditching Dirty Diesel
Empower Civic Engagement
Empowering Youth with Disabilities
Ethnic Media Services
Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco
Jinshan Mandarin Education Council
Josie’s Place
KLSN Community Radio
Lapis Island Records
LGBT Tobacco Partnership
Mission Dolores Neighborhood Association
Oaktree Bereavement Center
Richard Beggs: A Sound Life
Peace Club
Self Sufficient Life
S.F. Mental Health Clients Rights Advocates
Terry’s Kids
YAH! Bay Area Yes on Affordable Housing
Women in Computer Vision

Types of projects the Study Center will sponsor

  • Arts and culture
  • Children, youth and families
  • Drug treatment
  • Economic development
  • Education
  • Environment/sustainable growth
  • Festivals and events
  • Health/nutrition
  • Mental health
  • Political advocacy/social justice
  • Public health
  • Social services
  • Transportation
  • Women
  • Youth development
  • Publications

Donate to a Study Center fiscally sponsored project.