Fiscal Sponsorship

What does Fiscal Sponsorship Mean to my Community Project or Program?

For most new community projects, an important first step is to find a fiscal sponsor.

A fiscal sponsor makes it possible to:

  • Provide a tax benefit to financial donors
  • Collect tax-exempt funds
  • Maintain the fiscal infrastructure required by foundations and grant giving agencies


North Portland Community Works is Accepting New Projects for Fiscal Sponsorship Consideration

North Portland Community Works (NPCW), an independent tax-exempt federal 501 (c) (3) non-profit, has served as fiscal sponsor to over 50 different North and Northeast community projects and programs with budgets of several hundred dollars to several hundred thousand dollars. The NPCW Board of Directors is dedicated to fostering community projects and acting as an incubator for the establishment of new community-based organizations that build community assets through community organization and action.

Although the primary purpose of NPCW’s community building mission is fiscal sponsorship, NPCW also provides training to help North and Northeast Portland community groups develop their administrative capacity and project potential.

NPCW, also known as the Kenton Action Plan, has been in operation since 1996. Annual 990 IRS filings that document NPCW’s fiscal compliance can be viewed at

Requirements to be a Fiscally Sponsored Project of North Portland Community Works

Project is engaged in community action in North and/or Northeast Portland

Project is able to meet the required parameters of federal tax code 501 (c) (3)

Organization is incorporated or eligible to become incorporated

Organization is eligible for insurance once accepted for fiscal sponsorship

Apply for Fiscal Sponsorship Under North Portland Community Works

Application to become a North Portland Community Works fiscally sponsored project, for a pdf application click here. To see a sample copy of the NPCW Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement click here.

Projects Currently Fiscally Sponsored by NPCW


  • North Portland Tool Library
  • Historic Kenton Firehouse Community Center
  • Kenton Neighborhood Association
  • North Portland Greenway Trail Advocates
  • Bridgeton Neighborhood Association Levy Fund
  • Friends of Baltimore Woods
  • Blue Heron Wetlands Restoration
  • Portland Organic Productions
  • How Oregon Are You? Charitable Fund Raiser
  • Beech-Failing Alley Project
  • Friends of Overlook Bluff
  • Parents for Academic Student Success (PASS)
  • Childrens Arboretum Fund
  • Camp ELSO
  • Viva La Free
  • Paint Paul Campaign

Find out more Details About NPCW Fiscal Sponsorship?

Phone: 503.823.4524

NPCW Board of Directors

An independent Board of Directors meet throughout the year to direct program, review projects, and ensure compliance.

Jason Hatch

Jason Hatch serves as the treasurer of North Portland Community Works. Jason brought his passion and expertise to create Oregon’s first tool library, the highly successful North Portland Tool Library. Jason works as a project manager for Washington Water Trust.

Scott Jensen

Scott Jensen is a long time North and Northeast Portland advocate and has served as Chair of the Portsmouth Neighborhood Association, Chair of the University Park Methodist Church congregation board, and founder of Discover North Portland.

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Doretta Schrock

Doretta Schrock is a long time neighborhood activist in the North Portland. Doretta is a past neighborhood association chair. She serves on several citywide committees and worked with a diverse community to facilitate the establishment of a City of Portland street named for Cesar Chavez. Doretta currently works part-time for Neighbors West Northwest and North Portland Neighborhood Services.

Mark Stephan

Mark Stephan is the President of NPCW. He headed up the independent Citizen Advisory Group funded by the US EPA to do the community directed scientific assessment for recommended remediation at the Harbor Oil Superfund site. Mark is a Washington State University professor of political science with a specialty in the study of citizen involvement in environmental decision making.