Fiscal Sponsorship

Through our fiscal sponsorship program, the Good Work Institute provides support to Just Transition-aligned initiatives working here in the Mahicantuck / Hudson Valley, enabling new ideas to take root quickly and effectively.

We see our fiscally-sponsored projects as partners in our mission to build collective power, to reject systems of oppression and extraction, and create regenerative, just, and life-affirming communities.

We work with passionate leaders, organizers, and change agents to help them access critical sources of funding, while allowing them the freedom to focus their efforts on the work at hand. Specifically, we offer Model C, pre-approved grant fiscal sponsorship to mission-aligned initiatives in our region.

To date, we have helped our fiscally-sponsored projects access over $1.5 million in charitable funds to support Just Transition-aligned work here in the Mahicantuck Valley / Hudson Valley.

What is fiscal sponsorship?

Many funders are only able to give to nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations, meaning that emerging initiatives are either cut off from these funds, or must go through the intensive process of forming their own nonprofit, with all of the administrative and governance responsibilities that come along with that. Fiscal sponsorship allows us to provide an effective and compliant way to accept funds on behalf of these new initiatives, and offer support as they evolve.

How do I apply?

We will be accepting new fiscal sponsorship applications in early 2022. If you are interested in applying, please reach out and we will be in touch.

Fiscally sponsored projects include (current and past)

Alliance for a Viable Future – Alliance for a Viable Future brings together community and organizational leaders in the Northeast bioregion to generate whole-systems paradigm shift.

Build Power Academy Our goal is to build the next generation of leaders in our movement through consulting quality, high-touch, free academy style classes.

Center for Post Carbon Logistics We envision a world of resilient, re-localized communities connected to one another through post carbon transport and logistics systems. Mission: To research and assist in the implementation of appropriate post carbon maritime technology needed to keep commerce and transportation viable by responding to the interrelated connectivity, communication, equity, economic, ecological, and energy crises of the 21st century. 

The Energy Justice Law & Policy Center – EJLPC, is the nation’s first energy justice public interest law firm and justice center. We work with local communities to address harms caused by energy systems while catalyzing a just clean power transition.

Faithfully Sustainable – A collective (eventually – a worker self-directed non-profit) of Black and Brown Muslim learners and changemakers that aim to center Islamic knowledge in the environmental justice movement while equipping young Muslims with the educational and financial resources to create a more sustainable world.

Hudsy – We’re a collective of artists who believe we are more powerful together than separate! Hudsy is a multi-stakeholder cooperative with a mission to create and distribute content in and about the Hudson Valley by local artists, arts organizations, and other local creators. 

Kingston Food Coop – Kingston Food Co-op will be a member- and worker-owned cooperative market committed to providing fresh, local, nutritious, and affordable food to the Kingston community. Together, we work to support the changing needs of our members and to promote the well-being of our city and our planet.

Oika Oika is about the realignment of culture and nature through human thought and action. This work is grounded in the principle of Ecological Intelligence defined as wisdom that arises from relationships. It is the intelligence of nature that can also infuse human consciousness.

Omni Myst – Omnymyst consults with people and organizations to build equity, interdependence, and authentic connection. Through consulting, facilitation and coaching we can help you engage with your work in a new way. 

Place Corps (past)Our mission is to know, love and serve our places. Place Corps offers place-specific transformational education programs including: residencies, fellowships, summer intensive gap programs, and community learning.

Queerteenth (past) – Inhabiting and traversing queer, trans and non-binary subjectivities, Queerteenth: Black is Queer is Freedom Performance Art Festival artists engage with time travel, radio transmission, radical loving, ancestral futures and durational performance.

The Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market John Honey Scholarship Fund – named in honor of founding member of the Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market, John Honey. This annual award of a $2000 scholarship is intended to support the education and future success of local students who are dedicated to promoting local agriculture and enhancing the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of the Hudson Valley.

Rise Up Kingston (past) – Rise Up Kingston is a grassroots organization led by those experiencing racism, classism, and gender oppression on a daily basis. We organize to win, with our collective power, a Kingston economy that meets all of our social and environmental needs.

Rock Steady – A queer owned and operated cooperative vegetable farm rooted in social justice, food access and farmer training.

Suburb Futures – A doctoral research project whose aim is to design relationally towards more equitable and sustainable US Suburbs. 

THRIVE ON! – THRIVE ON! challenges the fine fabric of education by directly connecting curriculum with the community. We prepare students to be conscious, contributing members of society, while actively shifting the socio-economic landscape through their fields of interest. We do this by making the community the classroom, holistically investing into the student as an individual, challenging the status quo of academia through our innovative margin*-based curriculum, and engaging in the art of interconnectivity.

Ulster County Coalition for Housing Justice – Our mission is to ensure good quality housing at affordable prices for renters of all incomes. Until this is possible, we are dedicated to preventing the unfair eviction of rent-burdened individuals.

well+being – Community Lab is a division of Well+Being Hudson Valley that brings mindfulness, yoga and social emotional skills to a variety of communities in the Hudson Valley, with an emphasis on underserved communities.(