WHAT IS THE PHILOSOPHY OF A W.I.S.H IN CONSIDERING NEW PROJECT PROPOSALS?
The project needs to be in alignment with the A W.I.S.H mission statement (see A W.I.S.H home page) and be sustainability related, in the public interest. The geographic area served can be anywhere from a community level project to one whose scope is international. There are no topical areas that cannot be considered. Please take the time to read through the descriptions of the more than 100 projects we have supported since 1995 to get a better feel for what we have approved in the past.
HOW CAN I APPLY TO A W.I.S.H FOR A NEW PROJECT?
A W.I.S.H requests a 1-2 page executive summary of the project.This should include the goals, the need or problem being addressed, location of the project as well as any other related locations; project timeline; what the approach in addressing the need is; results you expect from the project; and how you will determine if it is successful. Also, please attach brief biographical information of key proponents as well as contact information for the liaison with A W.I.S.H. Requests can be sent to the A W.I.S.H President/CEO at the contact information provided on our web-site under the “About Us” access.
WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA USED TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE PROJECT IS A GOOD FIT FOR THE A W.I.S.H MISSION AND THE BEST PROSPECTS FOR BOARD OF DIRECTOR APPROVAL?
How are you contributing to a sustainable and just community? What is the value added proposition that is in the public interest and is life supporting? Who are the main proponents of the project? Their track record individually or collectively? Are the proponents known directly to an A W.I.S.H board member or recommended by another project, or member of the A W.I.S.H network? Does the project pose undue risk for the A W.I.S.H organization.
A W.I.S.H DESCRIBES ITSELF AS AN “UMBRELLA” ORGANIZATION. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
We consider ourselves a “place” where people with a passion for a sustainability topic can do their work without having to start and maintain a full service organization with United States Internal Revenue Service requirements for tax exempt 501C3 category status.Our role can be as a fiscal agent (an option) for separate legal entity non-profit or non governmental organizations that need assistance.Often we serve as an incubator for new projects.We can provide services relating to donations, private and governmental grants, fee for service conduit, and other such revenue producing strategies.We have often provided technical assistance tailored to the needs of the project on a case by case basis where time and resources allow.Projects often get the benefit of networking with other projects through a common identity.We provide instant credibility for the project for funding sources due to our long and successful track-record and relationships established over the past 18 years of the organization.What this means for proponents is that our long standing relationships, reputation and track record may give the project credibility it needs early on for launching despite the fact it may be in an incubation mode of development.
In exchange for serving as an “umbrella” and fiscal agent when requested, we collect ten percent of funds, if that money flows through our organization.That is, if we are accountable for grant money private or public, private donations that require a tax deductible receipt, or other funds that are directed through A W.I.S.H by the project or supporters.We do not have a financial relationship with the project for funds that are raised on your own and do not need our role as fiscal agent or for tax purposes.The funds that flow through our organization cover our expenses for accounting, oversight, and other basic business needs.When mutually agreed on a request by request basis, A W.I.S.H can serve as a fiscal agent for the approved project for grant applications and administration, donations that are tax exempt in the U.S., or other related roles.In any case, each project is a separate legal entity and is entirely responsible for its own accounting, auditing when necessary, bookkeeping, taxes, etc.A W.I.S.H files an annual IRS 990 form each year for the money that flows through our books only.
WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS AND EXPECTATIONS OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN A W.I.S.H AND A BOARD APPROVED PROJECT?
- All projects are separate legal entities in their own right (e.g. registered as a non-profit corporation in a state within the U.S., or as a non-governmental organization in another country)
- The projects are responsible for any and all of their own tax filings with governmental organizations
- A two page contract needs to be signed by both parties that address the terms and conditions of the relationship
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR BOARD APPROVAL ONCE A PROJECT IS SUBMITTED TO THEM FOR CONSIDERATION?
The A W.I.S.H board of directors is sent the project related materials and after due diligence and questions are answered to the board’s satisfaction there is a vote by the board of directors to approve or disapprove the project. Should the project be approved a letter to that effect is sent to the project liaison as well as the two page contract that needs to be signed by both parties. Then, the designated responsible project liaison will be contacted by the A W.I.S.H web-site consultant who will send a template to be filled out so that the project can be posted on the A W.I.S.H web-site. Each project is then assigned to an A W.I.S.H board of director member, who will act as a liaison between the project and the A W.I.S.H board, in addition to any needed contact with the A W.I.S.H Chief Executive Officer, who will contact proponents twice a year to hear about the project’s progress and if possible, provide advice or suggestions or connections that might be helpful.
READY TO GET STARTED?
- Complete the A W.I.S.H. Project Application Template.
- Email or call A W.I.S.H. to get further clarification of any questions you have and to discuss the project further.