Sydney Grote manages the Fiscal Sponsorship Allies program, which allows charitable causes without 501c3 status receive tax-deductible donations and apply for grants. She is passionate about enabling others to do more good in the world, especially for the protection of vulnerable populations. After a career in health care, Sydney found the nonprofit sector and has been at home ever since.
Sydney is originally from Holland, Michigan, but moved to Indianapolis with her husband Chris in 2022. They are members of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Westfield. When she’s not cuddling their puppy, Theo, Sydney enjoys a morning cup of coffee and a nice book on the porch. She loves sunrises, hiking trails, rock climbing, and exploring local gluten free cuisine.
Causes I Care About:
- Pro-life initiatives
- Ethical and sustainable practices (fair wages and working conditions)
- Access to mental health care
- Bachelor’s from Hope College
- Public Notary Commission
I was excited when I told Sydney, who I’ve been working with for Fiscal Sponsorship Allies, that I was interested in being a nonprofit. It was great to hear her encouragement and for her to say, “Oh, Charitable Allies can help with that.” It’s nice that it’s all part of the same pipeline, so to speak. I think maybe another fiscal sponsor would want you to stay with them, as opposed to becoming your own nonprofit, but your organization actually helps people to build a nonprofit, which is great.
From the get-go, the communication has been amazing. Sydney has been amazing too, and I’ve been extremely surprised how smoothly all of this has gone. It’s provided an awesome way for me to get this off the ground quickly and test the viability of what we’re trying to get off the ground here.
In our line of work, this is really important for us: (Sydney) was incredibly informative about the things that she knew, and then she was incredibly quick to get back to us if we had questions that she couldn’t answer in the moment,” Travis said. “I don’t think the other companies even responded to our initial request within a few days. It was clear that Sydney is on it and the turnaround was super fast. Fiscal Sponsorship Allies has been vital to our current success, both short term and into the next year.