Part of the philosophy of the Amador Community Foundation is that the most effective and innovative projects are often initiated at the grassroots community level. Many of these projects are too small or too new to have yet secured IRS recognition of their charitable status.

The Amador Community Foundation, for a nominal fee, provides qualified emerging and transitioning nonprofits with fiscal sponsorship, which includes operating under ACF’s 501(c)(3) umbrella, an existing back-office infrastructure, and the support of nonprofit management expertise.

Temporary projects may also be ideal candidates for fiscal sponsorship because this allows the project to focus on achieving its program objectives rather than the administrative issues and costs inherent in establishing a new corporation seeking IRS recognition of charitable status.

To be considered for fiscal partnership, any project must have a genuine charitable intent.

How to Apply

There are many well-intentioned ideas for nonprofit ventures. The Amador Community Foundation looks to support those ideas that are most likely to make a positive difference in Amador County and most likely to succeed in the competitive nonprofit funding environment. Charitable groups must apply to become an ACF project.

If your project plan meets our criteria and is ready for fiscal sponsorship, we encourage you to apply.


The application deadline for fiscal sponsorship is the first business day of the month. Applications are reviewed monthly by ACF’s selection committee in a review process that takes approximately four to six weeks. We do not review applications in December. Download Fiscal Sponsorship Application

If you have questions while completing the application, please contact John Williamson, Executive Director, at 209-223-2148 or

Simply put, the Amador Community Foundation improves the quality of life for the citizens of Amador County today and for generations to come. 

We connect local generosity with local needs.

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