Fundraising for Social Impact Entertainment Productions

by | Jan 11, 2024 | Thought Leadership

Social impact entertainment (“SIE”) producers have another path for raising capital and engaging a broader group of financial supporters. Through the LOHAS Fiscal Sponsor Program (“FSP”), SIE producers may immediately take in investment capital via tax-attractive donations and split-interest investments from a variety of contributors while also ensuring that the expanded fundraising story is developed and shared in the most compelling manner.

In addition, LOHAS actively advises individuals, families, corporations, and financial advisors about impact investing and helps enable investment strategies that are designed to make a measurable and sustainable difference. This includes setting up donor-advised funds (“DAFs”) or accepting a transfer of funds from existing DAFs to enable the deployment of parties’ donated assets as investments in SIE ventures across various media platforms. Learn more about how LOHAS encourages the use of DAFs to support the investment needs of SIE producers.

Fiscal Sponsor Program

A thought leader in the impact investing strategic advisory arena, LOHAS specializes in supporting the needs of socially and environmentally impactful ventures, providing outbound support to ensure that the specific opportunity is conveyed by fundraisers in the most compelling manner (digitally as well as directly). LOHAS works with SIE producers to champion alternative FSP structures and strategies to accelerate and amplify the flow of capital to socially and environmentally impactful productions.


  1. The FSP fund is available to receive donations/investments upon inception (activation within a day!).
  2. As capital is received, donors receive immediate, maximum tax deductions (and documentation).
  3. The FSP fund makes direct investments into the impact venture you select.
  4. Ongoing accounting and reporting are provided on capital received and disbursed.
  5. The FSP fund not only further supports the impact venture but also establishes a platform for ongoing, sustained investment always dedicated to its mission.

Attract more capital while delivering meaningful financial advantages to your supporters and achieving greater social impact for your cause. APPLY TO SET UP YOUR LOHAS FSP TODAY!


Unlike some other fiscal sponsor programs serving the entertainment industry, a LOHAS FSP is not just a pass-through entity made for anyone but rather is exclusively focused on SIE productions, protecting against retroactive donor tax exemption nullification.

LOHAS serves a wide variety of SIE ventures:

  • Producers of Movies, Documentaries, Television, Live Theater, and Concerts
  • Entertainment Financiers, Finance Slate Funds, etc.
  • Studios and Streaming Services
  • Videogame Developers/Publishers
  • VR, AR, and Immersive Entertainment

As part of its engagement with the impact entertainment community, LOHAS is a proud member of the SIE SOCIETY. Members of the LOHAS team serve in its general leadership, and as active members of its SIE Finance Working Group. The SIE Society is a member and supporter of the UN Global Media Compact and also the UN SDG Compact.


There are many fiscal sponsors in the market, but they typically do not specialize in supporting the needs of socially and environmentally impactful ventures. Other fiscal sponsors may be limited in the complexity that they can support (from multiple types of donors and investors utilizing various donation and investment structures) and generally provide no outbound support to ensure that the opportunity is conveyed by fundraisers in the most compelling manner (digitally as well as directly).

Unique advantages of establishing a LOHAS FSP include:

  • Cost: Not only are fees based primarily on assets under management (“AUM”), but those fees are also below the market rate despite offering substantially more services and support as compared to typical fiscal sponsors.
  • Fundraising Flexibility: A LOHAS FSP accepts cash contributions from individuals and companies; grants and distributions from donor-advised funds, foundations, and charitable trusts; and anything with established or appraisable value, including cryptocurrency, real estate, stocks, bonds, privately held business interests, and collectible art.
  • Simplicity and Immediacy: Even those who recognize the benefits of a nonprofit or foundation structure do not usually want to manage the complexities of running such an organization (including ensuring IRS compliance), nor do they want to wait to obtain 501 (c)(3) charity status. LOHAS, in partnership with its FSP administrator, removes those concerns and can be operationally ready to receive funds from its inception.
  • Front-Office and Back-Office Support: LOHAS helps fund managers with “front office” messaging and donor/investor education and engagement needs while LOHAS’ FSP administration partner manages “back office” requirements and program management, including receipts and disbursement of all funds, issuance of tax documentation, state and federal compliance, accounting, and reporting.


For mission-driven companies or socially or environmentally impactful projects raising funds, a LOHAS FSP provides options to prospective investors, allowing them to invest as well as donate tax-deductible capital. This unique offering also signals to investors the relationship between your venture and the FSP’s cause (as most companies are not supported by a public charity) while also giving those investors the opportunity to align their philanthropic portfolios with their investment portfolios.

With a LOHAS FSP, fundraisers have a creative option to suit the needs of multiple groups:

1. Parties that, despite their alignment with and support for the venture’s cause, cannot (or will not) make a direct investment

  • Investors that do not traditionally make “impact” investments or for which the company or project does not fit within pre-set portfolio parameters
  • Parties that are clearly committed to the venture’s cause, but are not structurally prepared to make a direct investment

Not an Issue Just for Individual or Family Investors: Despite public initiatives or announcements, corporate silos between investment, CSR, and ERGs often limit the flexibility to invest in impact ventures, while foundations are typically better structured to grant funds rather than invest capital. Nonetheless, both corporations and foundations may recognize the value of aligning with a social enterprise and the financial benefit of being able to generate returns for sustained reinvestment in the cause.

2. Parties that are making an investment in the company or project, but which also have…

  • Donated capital they can contribute from an existing family foundation or donor-advised fund
  • A desire to generate new tax offsets from a direct donation in the venture’s FSP

Put another tool in your fundraising toolbox. APPLY TO SET UP YOUR LOHAS FSP TODAY!