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Nonprofit Incubator

Side Project provides fiscal sponsorship and management for new and innovative projects focused on progressive social change. We help social change agents and groups implement new programs, bring together groups to collaborate on an issue, and test new approaches to social change. Fiscal sponsorship is a common mechanism used in the nonprofit sector that enables individuals and organizations to start new programs without establishing a new, separate nonprofit organization. Fiscal sponsorship is a cost-effective way to implement new programs, bring together groups to collaborate on an issue, and test new approaches to social change.

Side Project’s projects are not separate and isolated entities; rather, they are an integral part of Side Project Inc. We receive and manage charitable donations and grants on behalf of our projects; maintain the necessary corporate and financial infrastructure for all project activities; and, allow project leaders to focus on creating a healthy, just and vibrant world.

Side Project Inc. has supported nonprofit leaders since 2012 and is one of the leading fiscal sponsorship organization in Pennsylvania and Florida. We are known for providing high-quality legal and professional advice to the nonprofit community. Side Project is committed to the vision of each of its projects, and all of Side Project sponsored projects share in our core values of service, social justice, integrity, competence, the importance of human relationships and fun.

Here are some examples of projects we have supported:

Open Up Pgh

Yoga and Improv for All

Open Up Pgh offers tailored classes for people of all ages in both yoga and improv in the community of Pittsburgh. Open Up Pgh’s focus is tailoring classes to meet individual ability levels- making them a perfect fit for individuals with special needs. While these are two separate disciplines, they both welcome fun, growth and deepen self-knowledge. Classes in improv and theater games focus on the social and therapeutic benefits of imaginative, interactive games. Classes in yoga focus on bringing levity and joy to exercises that focus on wellness with movement and breath. Sessions are held at different locations around the city and can come to you! All can be tailored to your family, community, workplace or individualized needs.

South Florida Link Coalition

Research & Education

The South Florida Link Coalition is a multi-disciplinary, collaborative initiative created to increase education and awareness, address public policy, create programs, and lead research on The Link between animal cruelty and human violence. The South Florida Link Coalition facilitates community and social change regarding Link issues by working to bring members of the community, government, criminal justice system, health care system, animal welfare agencies, and human services together, in order to foster healthy relationships between people and animals and reach goals that will positively impact public health and safety.

The Interdependence Network

The Interdependence Network is a collaborative effort between disability serving human service organizations, from around the United States and Canada.  The network was formed in 2008 to explore the concept of social capital and community engagement and its role in the field of rehabilitation and the lives of people with disabilities. Side Project staff help to manage the group and provide grant research and proposal development. For more information check out buildingsocialcapital.org

Western Pennsylvania Disability History and Action Consortium

Education & Advocacy

The mission of the Western Pennsylvania Disability History and Action Consortium is to preserve the historic struggle of western Pennsylvanians with disabilities to attain human and civil rights and to educate the public about that history in order to improve community access, participation and equal opportunity, and ensure humane policies and laws.

Lawyers for Nonprofits

A Corporate Social Responsibility Program

Launching 2016!

The Matt Arch Foundation

Supporting men's mental health research and services.

The Matt Arch Foundation will honor the life and work of Matt Arch by supporting men’s mental health research and services. The Project will host community-based events that draw awareness to and present education about mental health and suicide for the residents of greater Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas. Matt Arch who was a community-centered man involved in multiple educational-based and non-profit organizations.

Furnace Bash Vol. 1

Fundraiser & Friend-raiser

Furnace Bash Vol. 1 presented by PA Brew Tours and Side Project Inc was a premier beer, food, music, and art festival, taking place at the legendary Carrie Blast Furnace. The Furnace, towering over 90 feet above the Monongahela River provides a one of a kind event space. Best part about the Furnace Bash? 100% of proceeds went to Pittsburgh Charities, including The Mario Lemieux Foundation, The Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center, and Side Project Inc. Furnacebash.com

The Tail-GREAT

Fundraiser & Friend-raiser

Friends. Beer. Baseball. Community.  Tail-GREAT is a fundraising tailgate party that brings all of these great things together.

Since 2008, more than $10,000 has been raised and donated to local charities, including United Cerebral Palsy/Community Living and Support ServicesSteps to IndependenceAnimal Rescue League, and the Patrick O’Brien Foundation. These funds have been able to help thousands of individuals and families. Our entire effort has been grassroots, and the enthusiasm and willingness of our volunteers and guests to travel and to attend has been humbling to say the least. Side Project staff and volunteers organize this annual event and provide fiscal management. 

In 2012, the event was so successful that we received a proclamation from the Pittsburgh City Council recognizing our charitable endeavors. This years Tail-GREAT in July 13, 2013. For more information check out tail-great.com

The American Mustache Institute

Founded in 1965 and committed to battling a demonstrated discriminatory culture against people of Mustached American heritage, the American Mustache Institute is the world’s leading facial hair advocacy organization and think tank protecting the rights of, and fighting discrimination against, Mustached Americans by promoting the growth, care, and culture of the lower nose forest. Side Project provides fiscal sponsorship and legal services as the AMI continues to battle negative stereotyping that has accompanied the mustache since those glory years of the 1970s – the peak of mustache acceptance – fighting to create a climate of acceptance, understanding, flavor saving, and upper lip warmth for all mustached Americans alike.


One Meal. One Dollar. Infinite Possibilities.

Dinfinity is a grassroots social experiment that started in Pittsburgh, PA. The objective is to bring together a group of individuals with no prior introduction to share a meal, interact, have fun, and contribute to a great cause.  Side Project provides the Dinfinity group with fiscal management and sponsorship. This project ended in 2014


The mission of Jam2Jam is to encourage the growth of Pittsburgh’s emerging art and literary scene through community collaboration and quarterly events showcasing emerging and established regional talent. Productions feature live music with literary readings between sets and a gallery setting for art and photography displays.  Side Project provides Jam2Jam with fiscal management and sponsorship services. For information on current events check out the Jam2Jam Facebook page

The Entertainment Consortium

The Entertainment Consortium is a Pittsburgh, PA based multi-cultural performing and media Arts social enterprise, designed to meet the needs of at risk youth and adults from underexposed, underserved communities. It provide an outlet for growth, education, performance and exposure in the fields of Media and Performing Arts.

The Consortium embraces four genres: Music, Dance, Theater and Media Arts. They provide a platform to the voices, talents and experiences of the multi-cultural communities, with a focus on the African American Community and the cultures of The African Diaspora. Side Project provides fiscal agent and legal services.