Fiscal Sponsorships

The EveryLibrary Institute can help you launch your great library idea without creating a whole new organization or 501c3.

The EveryLibrary Institute supports new and creative initiatives for social change by sponsoring mission-aligned projects that don't yet have, or may not even want to have, their own 501(c)3 status. 

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization ourselves, the EveryLibrary Institute acts as a fiscal sponsor or fiscal agent for smaller organizations or projects that either do not have or do not want to become a registered 501(c)3 themselves. The main condition for a fiscal sponsorship is that our programs are complementary and that the work being done by the organization (or group of individuals) aligns with our mission, purpose, and charter.

The EveryLibrary Institute has provided fiscal sponsorship for a number of library projects including a campaign to enable and support grant recipients of the Awesome Libraries project, raise emergency funding for the Ridgeland Public Library (MS), provide fundraising support to the Connecticut Library Association for its annual appeals, project sponsorship for the Delaware Division of Libraries, and ongoing stewardship of donor funds for the Patmos Library (MI). Please contact the EveryLibrary Institute's executive director John Chrastka to discuss ways we can help support your needs and goals. 


Awesome Libraries Case Study

In 2019, we were thrilled to launch the first of our new fiscal sponsorship projects with the trustees of the Awesome Foundation - Libraries Chapter to support their fundraising and philanthropic activities. The EveryLibrary Institute is providing the digital infrastructure at and fiscal sponsorship for fundraising and distribution of awards to help Awesome Libraries further its philanthropic goals. Awesome Libraries is a voluntary organization of library professionals who contribute on a monthly or yearly basis to a common donor pool and select “truly awesome” library projects from around the world to fund. Since 2017, Awesome Libraries trustees have donated $11,000 to eleven library and literacy projects in the United States and abroad.

The goals of Awesome Libraries are right in line with our organizational values. Their approach to making targeted, capacity-building donations that help small projects grow into smart library solutions is truly wonderful. We are proud to be able to bring our organizational resources to helping the trustees grow their own capacity, too. Awesome Libraries wants to put your donations to work supporting innovative library and literacy projects around the world.

The trustees of Awesome Libraries are inviting new donors to join their quarterly funding campaign at In addition, the chapter is also recruiting a new cohort of trustees. If you want to learn more about the projects Awesome Libraries has funded or if you have a project that needs funding, visit