Case Studies

Bridge the Gap TV 
Established in 2007, Bridge the Gap TV is a documentary/web series about sustainable development and cultural immersion. Host Chris Bashinelli travels to developing regions worldwide, immersing himself in local cultures and discovering first-hand what it's like to walk in someone else's shoes for one day. 

In January 2010, Chris came to Fractured Atlas  for fiscal sponsorship and immersed himself in the task of raising money from individuals and foundations. He worked closely with fiscal sponsorship staff to prepare letters of inquiry, proposals, and solicitations, learning the ins-and-outs of the fundraising world along the way. He has successfully received support from individuals, humanities councils, community foundations and broadcasting companies, and has raised close to $40,000 with Fractured Atlas's fiscal sponsorship program.

Originally a nonprofit corporation with hopes of being a 501(c)(3), Chris and his team decided in 2011 that operating as an independent nonprofit organization was not the right course for them, and decided against applying for their own tax-exempt status. This decision gave Chris flexibility artistically, as well as administratively. In 2012, Bridge the Gap TV will premiere a one hour episode of the series on national PBS television in a prime time slot.

The City Project 

In the years since spinning off and becoming a sponsored project, The City Project has strengthened its record of achievement. While staff of The City Project works its potent strategy blending coalition-building, in-depth research and analysis, media, and policy and legal advocacy, Community Partners staff has helped undergird those efforts with fiscal sponsorship, staff benefits including health insurance, and guidance around board development, fundraising, and budget management.

The City Project grew to the point where they formed their own 501(c)(3) organization, allowing them to pursue access to justice through the courts. But careful cost analysis has helped them decide to continue the rest of their work as a project of Community Partners, keeping focused on greening the Los Angeles River, keeping parks open for all, and fighting for physical education in Los Angeles schools. 

LeeSaar The Company 
LeeSaar The Company was established in Israel in 2000 by actress/writer Lee Sher and dancer/choreographer Saar Harari, and creates original theater and dance performances that address politics, geography, violence, and war. They moved to New York in 2004 and received Green Cards awarded for excellence in the performing arts in 2005. The company then began to receive commissions and invitations to festivals; however, as the demand for their work increased, so did the need for funding to support their creative process.

LeeSaar The Company contacted Fractured Atlas in early 2008 seeking fiscal sponsorship. Upon approval from the Fractured Atlas board, the company began applying for grants. While sponsored they have received donations and grants to pay for artist fees, insurance, equipment, website maintenance, recording/broadcasting, legal advice, travel, studio renovations, and marketing. Fractured Atlas works closely with LeeSaar during the fundraising process to provide support and advice. This enables LeeSaar toh focus 11 months a year, 5 days a week on producing powerful and deeply moving theatrical experiences, rather than on the administrative burden of operating a 501(c)(3) organization. According to Saar Harari, "Being a full time artist in NYC has been a lonely experience. Working with the amazing team at Fractured Atlas has made me feel that I belong somewhere. I could feel the support and humanity in stressful times."