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Health Forward serves Kansas City, Missouri, including portions of Clay and Platte counties; Cass, Lafayette, and Jackson counties in Missouri; and Allen, Johnson, and Wyandotte counties in Kansas.
Advocacy is the process of stakeholders making their voices heard on issues that affect their lives and the lives of others at the local, state, and national level. It also means helping policy makers find specific solutions to persistent problems. Examples of advocacy include:
Lobbying includes activities that directly support or oppose a specific piece of legislation. There are strict rules about what portion of a budget can go toward these activities. There are also prohibitions on the use of federal funds. Examples of lobbying include:
For more information, see the National Council on Aging’s guidance on non-profit activities, or email Health Forward Impact Strategist – Policy Nate Madden.
Dollar limits vary by funding opportunity. Please refer to the funding opportunity announcement or call Health Forward at (816) 241-7006.
Health Forward defines a fiscal sponsor as an organization with a public charity tax status or a public agency/unit of government that agrees to receive and disburse funds in support of another group’s activities. The activities must further the fiscal sponsor’s own charitable mission.
The group that the fiscal sponsor supports to carry out the activities is called the fiscally sponsored organization.
Fiscal sponsors assume the legal, accounting, and financial reporting responsibility for grant funds. As such, they receive grant payments on behalf of, and disburse funds to, the grantee. They also record and document grant-related transactions according to generally accepted accounting principles.
Note: Health Forward considers the applicant organization the grantee of record. This means that if an organization is acting as fiscal sponsor and applies on behalf of another organization, the grant application should be submitted under the fiscal sponsor’s grantee portal account. Payments and reporting will flow through the fiscal sponsor.
Fiscal sponsors may apply for a funding opportunity and submit an application on behalf of another organization. In this case, be sure your application makes it clear what your organization’s role is and what organization(s) you are applying on behalf of.
A fiscal sponsor must:
A fiscal sponsor is required if Health Forward awards a grant to an organization that has applied for a 501(c)(1), 501(c)(3), 501(c)(6) or 501(c)(9) designation, but has not yet officially received that designation from the IRS.
Note: Fiscal agency is not the same thing as fiscal sponsorship. As of August 2021, Health Forward ceased requiring fiscal agents for organizations that do not have a current audit. In place of an audit, Health Forward may request internally prepared financial statements. These items are not used as a screening tool for funding approval, but are intended to assist Health Forward staff in gaining an understanding of our partners’ financial position, fiscal readiness, and fiscal management. We may make additional requests — depending on documents and responses provided — to better understand your organization’s fiscal strengths and challenges.
Sometimes an affiliate organization of the applicant can serve as a fiscal sponsor. Occasionally small, grassroots organizations find a fiscal sponsor among the larger partner organizations that they work with.
The organization should make sure it meets the following legal requirements and Health Forward eligibility requirements for fiscal sponsor organizations:
Health Forward will pay for up to twelve hours with a grant writing consultant for eligible applicants. For more information, contact Cori Stites at email@example.com or by calling (816) 241-7006.
No. If Health Forward is a client or a funder, you may list us or include our logo on any pertinent communications, however we do not provide endorsements. Notify your impact strategist or a Health Forward associate before publicizing our name or logo.
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