Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers fiscal sponsorship and other services to charitable organizations working to promote progressive change in the environmental and social justice sectors.
What SEE Does
SEE acts as an “incubator” for a diverse variety of projects, handling office work for each organization it sponsors so that the organization can focus on doing good in the community.
One of SEE’s most important services is fiscal sponsorship. The fiscal sponsorship program allows SEE to sponsor charities that lack exempt status so that they can enjoy the legal and financial status of a 501(c)(3) organization without the expensive and time consuming paperwork. As fiscal sponsor of the projects it oversees, SEE is legally and financially responsible for each project. It takes on these duties and responsibilities in exchange for a small fee, currently standing at 6.5%.
SEE’s other core services include accounting and bookkeeping, filing taxes and other forms with the IRS, payroll and benefits processing, grant management, record keeping, and more.
Sample SEE Projects
SEE’s projects include a range of environmental and social justice organizations working on issues from food security to cultural preservation. A few of their more than 100 projects include:
- The Honeybee Conservancy, an organization seeking to increase the honeybee population, raise awareness of Colony Collapse Disorder and the plight of honeybees, and educate individuals about steps they can take to help save these vital insects
- Green Schools Initiative, which seeks to improve the environmental health and ecological sustainability of US schools
- The Greenhorns, a documentary film and charitable organization providing recognition and guidance for young and beginning farmers
- The Veterans Project, which seeks to raise the stigma of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and assist veterans in making a smooth transition back to civilian life through counseling, job training, and other assistance
- The Transit Coalition, an organization dedicated to improving mass transit in Southern California
- Environmental Paper Network, a coalition of over 100 organizations seeking to improve the ecological sustainability and social justice record of the pulp and paper industries
- and many more
How To Become a SEE Project
In order to become a SEE project, an organization must meet certain eligibility requirements, complete an application form, and conduct an interview either in person or by telephone. There are no deadlines, and application turnaround times vary.
In order to be eligible for SEE fiscal sponsorship, organizations must meet US government regulations pertaining to the legal status of 501(c)(3) organizations. The organization seeking sponsorship must be charitable in purpose and must not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of the organization, among other requirements.
Organizations must also meet internal SEE requirements, including the existence of a single allocated director to handle communications with SEE, a clear and concise mission relating directly to social or ecological progress, and a US-based program.
To learn more about the eligibility requirements and download an application form, visit SEE’s official website.
If you would like to support SEE’s work to develop and support effective charitable organizations, consider making a tax-deductible donation or other gift.