Fri 23 Nov 2018 1:35AM

Fiscal Sponsorships

JR Jenny Ryan Public Seen by 11

Thread for discussing and consenting on fiscal sponsorship proposals.


Poll Created Fri 23 Nov 2018 1:38AM

Musick Creek Wildlands: A forest workshop for art, science & community Closed Fri 7 Dec 2018 1:03AM

via Joel Pomerantz on 14 Nov 2018:

For the Omni Commons delegates.

We're an arts and forest stewardship center arranging to purchase a specific property in the Sierra. We are explicitly non-hierarchical and egalitarian. We will establish the land as a public resource in perpetuity, continuing our acoustic music gatherings and other cultural and educational events there. We already incorporated (thanks to help from Laura Turiano and Jesse Palmer!) but haven’t finished the application process yet for tax exempt status. One donor says they want to give us $5k this and $5k next year but it turns out it’s through a “donor advised fund” which means we can’t be ready in time to accept the $5k this year. Unless, that is, we have fiscal sponsorship from a group that already has 501(c)3 with a compatible mission, such as Omni. We just need fiscal sponsoring for a one-timer. We request that you support our work by making us a project of Omni to take advantage of this specific donation offer. We also hope for opportunities to collaborate in the future on cultural projects and connection with the land! But this request pertains only to the one current donor bind we are in. Would you support us on this? Our organization is officially called Musick Creek Confluence.

This project link provides the curious with much more depth about our project. [Link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ok2xkhoj6q66ckw/AABoWi5R0T8_T6_lVGkdkGL3a?dl=0 ]

Thank you for your consideration!

PS: Interestingly, the Awesome Foundation, of which I am a member, helped fund the purchase of the building at Omni Commons! I say that only as a token community alignment, but it is not particularly relevant to the above request, being a different organization altogether.


Results Option % of points Voters
Agree 83.3% 5 JR L LH KL MAT
Abstain 0.0% 0  
Disagree 16.7% 1 A
Block 0.0% 0  
Undecided 0% 8 BR J C JP

6 of 14 people have voted (42%)


Jenny Ryan
Fri 23 Nov 2018 1:46AM

This is a small $5,000 grant which should be easy to handle, to help out a fomenting project to build an aligned wilderness eco-space for learning and creating in community.


... Anka
Fri 23 Nov 2018 2:47AM

I don't see any social justice component of their work and from the video they have on YouTube it might be all white people. I might be wrong tho, just basing it on what I read and found online.


Ken Litchfield
Sun 25 Nov 2018 11:19PM

I'm OK with this.


Jenny Ryan Fri 23 Nov 2018 1:49AM

Replying to my followup email, Joel sent the following:

"December 6 may work. Here are my thoughts to help this along and then I’ll answer your question directly.

For the record, I’m not proposing a “comprehensive fiscal sponsorship” in which we’d be a project of Omni and Omni would be responsible for our legal or tax filings. Rather, I am proposing a “pre-approved grant relationship” as the type of fiscal sponsorship. We'll remain our own entity, be responsible for our own filings and receive the funds in the form of a grant from Omni, based on a contract that basically says:

1) Omni will give us the money within 60 days of receiving it, less the admin fee we agree on.
2) A determination about contingency and size limits for another large similar thing coming up before we have our own status. Note that we would only use such a second grant contingency if it’s from another donor advised fund (or other entity that requires a nonprofit determination letter prior to the donation) as most of our donations come right to us because they don’t require that."


CyberbationXX Fri 23 Nov 2018 2:12AM

I am generally in favor of supporting this project. Using the pre-approved grant model means that the mission of Music CC has to align with OC's mission. I have not noticed anything in these exchanges about MCC's mission. Finally I have always been under the impression that the funding
source for the purchase of OC was confidential. If that is the case I question
the propriety of your PS; but I likely have misunderstood something.


Jenny Ryan Fri 23 Nov 2018 2:24AM

Omni has never received a grant from Awesome Foundation, so I don't know what that's about...

Re: the mission, more info can be found in the project link, such as:

"Project values & purposes

We wish to establish a resource for local and extended communities that will last for generations—a shared natural workshop run by those who love it. We have created an ownership structure that supports stewardship based on a nonhierarchical model. We make decisions in ways that empower those with the strongest desires and the energy to accomplish our deliberated goals. We build trust through caring communication.

We have set out:
⬗ To care for the land in ways that build group knowledge and personal involvement and protect it far into the future.
⬗ To make structural improvements aesthetically and ecologically integrated to the systems nature has established.
⬗ To encourage and support camping events, educational gatherings, artistic adventures and right livelihood opportunities that make use of the property.⬗ To care for one another in ways that build trust and egalitarian community participation.
⬗ To provide a place for exploring and demonstrating healthy, nurturing, celebratory relationships between humans and earth , including permanent land stewardship.
⬗ To have fun working, learning and creating together."


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CyberbationXX Fri 23 Nov 2018 8:42PM

Sounds OK but I do not see mention of POC, Poor, or marginalized communities. Nevertheless it is
an easy ask an Laura and Jesse must did it, so I’m
Be well my dear Jenny


Ken Litchfield Fri 23 Nov 2018 7:17AM

Pardon, but I can't determine who Cyberbation is, from FNB I believe, but is it OK to ID yourself?


Laura Fri 23 Nov 2018 8:19AM

Awesome Foundation contributed $500 to our original crowdfunding campaign.


CyberbationXX Fri 23 Nov 2018 8:52PM

it's Joe


Joel Pomerantz Mon 26 Nov 2018 5:41AM

I’ve been shown how to join the conversation, so here I am, to answer any Qs about Musick Creek’s work.

Some context: We haven’t begun any of our programs yet. The organization only just came into existence to try and buy the property and pursue this mission.

Pics: Anything you see in pictures is a scrapping together of documentation from past uses of the property, so as to excite interest in ecological beauty, not designed in regard to future uses or intentions. Those photos are of some of the visitors to that property. Others have been people of color, certainly. The communities in the area where we’ve begun our work are generally a mix of white, Latinx and Nyyhmy (a.k.a. Northfork Mono) in order of population numbers and we have developed our planning ideas in colaboration with the Native American Nyyhmy community. I appreciate that our messaging must strive to be welcoming to people of all identities, and we are intent on developing a more representative photo sampling—not easy in a place where technology has been minimally present and hardly any pictures exist. Had we gone out of our way to feature the various POC in past gatherings by taking photos with them in particular, that might have felt like tokenism, especially since that region is mostly populated by poor white people.

Future demographics: Our intentions and plans are heading toward additional connections with people from outside that region, most importantly people from urban and suburban lifestyles. You can be assured that collaborations will be with programs serving many POC.

Awesome Foundation: Not a real foundation, just a group of people who give no-strings gifts and pretend it’s a grant. Yes, we gave $500 to the crowd-funding effort for OC.

Social justice: The SJ components of our work are embedded in the ideas that (1) anyone can and must become aware of the inextricable connectedness of ecological systems with social systems, politics and economics. They are not separate topics. (2) One of our fundamental principles is that future participants in our group, whether they choose to organize or be program-goers, will choose their own participation content and commitments, without dues or fee requirements. (3) We wish to research, coalesce, test and set examples of non- and anti-capitalist methods for building inclusive, empowering communities and individuals of that region and those connecting in from elsewhere. (4) We have already helped build personal connections and meaningful experiences between people who would perhaps otherwise not intersect or have access to one another’s background and ethnic stories.


Poll Created Sat 18 May 2019 9:21PM

Reassigning Authorized Check-Signers for Liberated Lens Collective Closed Fri 7 Jun 2019 4:02AM

Since Liz is no longer an active member of Liberated Lens and was previously the main bank account holder, LibLens has decided to shift that responsibility to Dennis and myself. We are working to open a new bank account for Liberated Lens at Self-Help Federal Credit Union, but need a full Board resolution in order to do so.

Up for formal consensus at the next Delegate's Meeting on June 6th:

  1. RESOLVED, that the Corporation seeks to change the authorized check-signers of the project known as Liberated Lens Collective (the “Project”). The Committee is authorized to solicit, raise and accept funds for the Project. Funds raised by the Committee shall be deposited to a bank account controlled by the Corporation opened at the following bank: Self-Help Federal Credit Union and with the following name "Liberated Lens Collective, a Project of Omni Commons" (the "Bank Account") and shall be used exclusively for purposes designated by the Committee and/or pursuant to the existing fiscal sponsorship resolution. Checks against said account shall be signed by Dennis Terry and Jennifer Ryan. The authorized check-signers may be changed by the Corporation.


Results Option % of points Voters
Agree 100.0% 5 Y L KL PM DT
Abstain 0.0% 0  
Disagree 0.0% 0  
Block 0.0% 0  
Undecided 0% 14 JR R BR J C A LH MAT JP

5 of 19 people have voted (26%)