Did you know that WRAP has been a fiscal sponsor for many new non-profit groups who need a boost getting started and for groups who lose institutional support and need help during a transition? What this means is WRAP receives and tracks donations (usually the groups send the thank you notes/tax letters) and makes it easy for these important groups to keep getting funding during a period of transition. Usually this is temporary as groups build to have their own non-profit board, financial processes, etc. WRAP charges a small amount to groups that can afford it and nothing to those that cannot.
This is a huge resource for the WRAP revolution! Here is what some of the groups WRAP has and does support have to say about this resource.
Our existence and work as Housekeys Action Network Denver is made possible by WRAP!! When we started HAND almost 2 years ago, I reached out to WRAP to help get the organization up and running and be our fiscal sponsor and they went above and beyond to help us in these ways! WRAP is the best fiscal sponsor ever – processing checks and providing needed fiscal agency all for almost no money! It is because of WRAP that we were able to jump right into being an active financially sustained organization, fighting for rights and housing as directed by houseless people, just within a couple months of starting!
Terese Howard, Housekeys Action Network Denver (HAND)
WRAP came through for us when we had no place else to go. We lost all our funding this summer, and in our darkest moment WRAP was the light. There are tons of fiscal sponsors out there, who will balance your books and do your accounting. WRAP gave us those things, but they also gave us hope. They made us feel like we wouldn’t be insane to try to raise the money to bring our newspaper back into print; like we’d have a partner in crime on the journey. And they provided the institutional support and guidance needed to actually make that happen. We have benefitted immensely from their years of organizational expertise… and from the fact that everyone on their staff is a badass. We are about to reach our fundraising goal and start printing papers again, and I can say with confidence that we wouldn’t have made it this far without them.
Alastair Boone, Director, Street Spirit News
As a small scrappy nonprofit working to resource our unhoused neighbors, WRAP has provided our organization with a home and bolstered our fundraising capacity enormously. With WRAP as our fiscal sponsor we can serve twice as many people as we were before. Becoming part of the WRAP community has been an absolute game-changer and we are so grateful!
Love and Justice in the Streets, Oakland, CA
Oregon Expungement Relief Project (OERP) completed our final legal clinic of 2024 on December 12; wrapping-up a productive and rewarding year providing free legal services to our clients. OERP could not accomplish the work we offer communities of color, people in recovery from substance abuse, and folks experiencing economic hardship without the support from our volunteers, community partners, and our fiscal sponsor, Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP), who enable us to access grant funding, as we work toward 501(c)3 status.
Without Paul Boden’s mentorship through WRAP, our small grassroots legal advocacy collaboration would not be able to accomplish the work we focus on: Expunging the criminal records of Oregonians who have earned the right, but cannot afford to hire an attorney to do so.
OERP is inspired by WRAP’s legacy spanning over four decades of dedicated grassroots activism fearlessly challenging the systemic impacts of poverty and houselessness in vulnerable communities. WRAP’s Mission to “Create, expose, and eliminate the root causes of civil and human rights abuses of people experiencing poverty and homelessness in our communities” inspires OERP to delve deeper into challenging a flawed criminal justice system deeply in need of an overhaul. We are fortunate to have WRAP as an example of how to set challenging goals, then chip away using the resources we have, to make an impact. This takes patience, determination, and time.
I leave you with a statement from one of our clients, a 27-year old father, who is successfully recovering from substance abuse disorder, and is working as a peer advocate in the recovery community. This young man came to us for help, because of a mistake he made in his youth that was holding him back. Thanks to WRAP supporting OERP, we have the resources to help this client and many more with similar challenges:
“I wanted to thank you both (Jardima Kroeker and Brenda Morgan) from the bottom of my heart for all the work you have done for me, expunging my criminal record. There are not enough words to even come close to explain how much it means to me. It has opened up so many new opportunities in my life and I never thought a life like this would ever be possible again. Thank you so much, my heart is so full and I am so grateful!”
Happy Holidays, Paul and the WRAP team!
Jardima Kroeker, Executive Director
Brenda Morgan, Director of Development
Oregon Expungement Relief Project
We are proud to fiscally sponsor these and other badass groups for the revolution. Please help us in continuing to provide this resource with a generous gift today.
Plus, ALL donations in November and December will be matched up to $10,000 by a pool of generous donors. Consider becoming a monthly or quarterly donor to support the work of WRAP with a steady gift of any size.
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