Community Initiatives

In service to great ideas

Oakland, CA   |  www.communityin.org

Mission

Community Initiatives acts as a thought-partner and provides professional services to nonprofit startups, established initiatives, networks, and collaborations. We sponsor initiatives for the benefit of communities in service to social change.

Ruling year info

1997

CEO & President

Ms. Ruth Williams

Main address

1000 Broadway Suite #480

Oakland, CA 94607 USA

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Formerly known as

CIF of the San Francisco Foundation

Community Initiative Funds of the San Francisco Foundation

EIN

94-3255070

NTEE code info

Citizen Participation (W24)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Sponsorships

Community Initiatives provides fiscal sponsorship to a wide range of programs involved in all areas of community efforts.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of fiscal sponsor applicants sponsored

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people served by our nonprofit partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are a community of initiatives all seeking to contribute or create public good. Fiscal sponsorship enables our projects to concentrate on pursuing their charitable purposes while we handle the financial, management and organizational issues and provide a secure, reliable mechanism for donors. Our current fiscally sponsored projects benefit arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, public affairs, and social justice goals.

Greg Colvin, in his groundbreaking book Fiscal Sponsorship: 6 Ways To Do It Right, identified six ways to structure a fiscal sponsorship relationship. Community Initiatives is open to using any of these models, but has found, in practice, that three models have served our fiscally sponsored projects most usefully. The most common model (about 90 percent of our projects) is the Direct Project, or “Model A" relationship, in which the project and Community Initiatives are legally considered one and the same: Community Initiatives receives assets on behalf of, and incurs all liability for, the project. Please see descriptions of “Model A," “Model B," and “Model C" project sponsorships. Note: the nature of a project's fiscally sponsored relationship with Community Initiatives is determined at the time of acceptance by our Board of Directors. To learn more about the policies that govern these relationships, please see our Mutual Expectations.

Community Initiatives follows the Best Practices of the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors (NNFS). The NNFS promotes the understanding and professional practice of fiscal sponsorship. While models and missions differ, the organizations that comprise NNFS share common questions and aspirations to ensure responsible use of the tool of fiscal sponsorship.

Community Initiatives provides a wealth of core services to its fiscally sponsored projects. Our current services include:
Fiscal Sponsorship
Tax-exemption
Programmatic oversight (Model A)
Finance
Accounts payable
Cash receipts
Financial reporting and analysis
Budget and cash flow management
Audit and compliance reporting
Financial consulting
Grants/Government Grants
Administration
Billing and tracking
Accounting
Grants consulting
Fundraising
Online donations
Event software
Brainstorming
Human Resources
Administration
Full benefits
Payroll and taxes
HR consulting
Communications & Marketing
Social Media and communications consulting
Marketing consulting
Project Insurance
Meeting Space
Strategic Planning
Legal Review & Referral

While our mission didn't shift, President and CEO Melanie Beene and Director of Fiscally Sponsored Projects and Philanthropic Services Prudy Kohler both retired. In the early years, they carefully guided Community Initiatives' transition from The San Francisco Foundation to a completely independent organization. During their eight years leading the organization, they diversified the portfolio of projects and services, grew the revenues and staff, and helped the organization to become a respected leader in the sector. At the end of the calendar year, Frances Phillips retired from the board and passed the chair position to Ruth Williams, Regional Director-West Coast for Single Stop USA. Having worked closely with Ruth for the past two years, we knew the board and organization were in excellent hands.

Leadership change can be daunting, especially when it's long-serving leaders. The Board realized the challenges and engaged in a thoughtful and lengthy search process, culminating in the hiring of President & CEO, Theresa Fay-Bustillos who joined the organization 2014. The Board purposely selected a candidate who was well-rounded with extensive leadership experience in the non-profit, philanthropic, and for-profit sectors and who was also a lawyer with experience enforcing civil rights and handling general counsel duties for a non-profit and corporate foundation.

In 2014, CI embarked on a Board-led and staff supported strategic planning process, to carefully plan the next phase of Community Initiatives' history. We realigned core functions to increase efficiencies and improve the coordination of services to projects, resulting in staff promotions and new hires. And, we refined and expanded our service offerings to include, for example, strategic planning, increased legal review, and marketing.

After we completed the strategic plan, we hired Ruth Williams as President & CEO in 2017 to execute and operate our strategic plan. Ruth has a long and deep relationship with Community Initiatives - she served as Board member for 8 years and Chair for 2 years.

Our fiscally sponsored projects and their wide and varied achievements continue to inspire our work. All of them serve the public good—some with large impact, and some with smaller, albeit important outcomes. Staff and Board feel fortunate to support the work of such inspirational and tireless visionaries, making it difficult to highlight the work of a few in this report. Thus, we encourage you to visit our website to learn more about the work of projects in addressing the challenging issues of our time and follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Community Initiatives

Board of directors
as of 7/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mary Ann J. Fake

Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation

Term: 2021 - 2022

Janet Camarena

The Foundation Center

Mary Ann Fake

Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation

Robert Weiner

Marts and Lundy

Kenji Treanor

Stuart Foundation

Steve Barton

Northern California Grantmakers (NCG)

Betsy Block

Dee Dee Mendoza

Abbas Moloo

Mutual of America Financial Group

Loren Pogir

Barbara Rhomberg

Kavanagh Rhomberg LLP

Maya Tussing

Fairlight Advisors

Phillippe Wallace

College Futures

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/20/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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