North Portland Community Works Fiscal Sponsorship
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.
About North Portland Community Works
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. NPCW also is involved in advising community building projects and non-profits in North and Northeast Portland.
NPCW, also known as the Kenton Action Plan, has been in operation since 1994. Annual 990 IRS filings that document NPCW’s fiscal compliance can be viewed at Guidestar.org.
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 has no employees.
- Organization is incorporated or eligible to become incorporated
- Organization maintains or is eligible to receive appropriate insurance coverage.
To Apply for Fiscal Sponsorship or To Find Out More Details About NPCW Fiscal Sponsorship email Executive Director, Tom Griffin-Valade Email
NPCW Fiscally Sponsored Projects
- North Portland Tool Library
- Historic Kenton Firehouse Community Center
- Kenton Neighborhood Association
- North Portland Greenway Trail Advocates
- Bridgeton Neighborhood Association Levy Fund
- Friends of Overlook Bluff
- Camp ELSO
- Viva La Free
- Brown Girl Rise
- Metro North Portland Vanport Legacy Enhancement Fund
- NPNS, Inc
- Neighbors Helping Neighbors PDX
NPCW Board of Directors
An independent Board of Directors meet throughout the year to direct program, review projects, and ensure compliance.
Sprinavasa is the Executive Director of Camp ELSO. She is a leader in STEM education for children of color.
Executive Director of Harper’s Playground and father of two, Cody is paying penance for years of shilling shows and soda by building playgrounds for kids of all abilities. His first foray into community building, Harper’s Playground, is a model for inclusive playgrounds around Portland and beyond. He loves Portland and looks forward to serving the city as a member of the NPCW board.
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.
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 at North Portland Neighborhood Services.
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.
Executive Director Tom Griffin-Valade
Tom has worked for over 35 years with communities in Oregon engaged in community building and action.