Rethink Priorities’ (RP’s) Special Projects (SP) Team is looking for new impactful projects we can support in 2024!
The SP team provides fee-based fiscal sponsorship and support to projects that are led by individuals outside of RP. Within this model, the project’s founders maintain autonomy and decision-making authority while we provide them with operational support and fiduciary oversight and share our tax-exempt status. Each project is assigned a dedicated point of contact within the Special Project team, to guarantee effective communication and tailored support.We will have capacity to take on more projects from the beginning of 2024.
If you need fiscal sponsorship and operational support and have funding or anticipate receiving funding for work that aligns with RP’s mission and vision, we encourage you to send in a new or updated expression of interest via our online form (which should take 5-10 minutes to complete).
We would ideally like to receive expressions of interest by January 5th, 2024 and will follow up with applicants on the next stage of our selection process in the following two weeks. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch. We look forward to hearing more about your projects and learning more about how working with the Special Projects team could help maximize your impact! Please note, RP observes a winter break starting December 18th and we will not be checking inboxes again until January 2nd.
We expect projects to comply with your country’s applicable laws, RP’s employment practices (particularly our anti-harassment and conflict of interest policies), and other responsibilities described in the fiscal sponsorship agreement that you would sign with us. These are designed to help everyone enjoy a safe and inclusive workspace and to ensure that RP and your project can continue to benefit from our status as a nonprofit organization.
The exact services we provide depend on the project, and may include:
RP's fiscal sponsorship was hugely impactful for [Existential Risk Alliance] ERA. Instead of juggling operational hassles, we have been laser-focused on our mission. We managed to run 34 fellowship events, provide regular weekly 1-1 support to all our fellows, and share our insights through in-depth retrospective posts all because we had the freedom to channel our energies solely towards making the ERA Cambridge Fellowship impactful. RP's support isn't just logistical: they truly understand the nuances of having impact, ensuring every effort is directly aligned with our overall mission and theory of change.
—Nandini Shiralkar, on the counterfactual impact of RP’s fiscal sponsorship for Existential Risk Alliance
The support from the Special Projects team has been instrumental for the development of Epoch. We could not have managed our recent hiring rounds without it, and you have freed hundreds of hours of work that otherwise we would have had to put into operations.
—Jaime Sevilla, on the value of the Special Projects team for Epoch
See a further description of these Special Projects below:
The Existential Risk Alliance (ERA) Cambridge Fellowship is an eight-week paid program focused on existential risk mitigation research projects and aimed at all aspiring researchers, including undergraduates.
Fellows will experience a summer working in Cambridge, receive free accommodation and transport, and gain support via mentorship from our network of researchers, policymakers, and grantmakers. They will also have the opportunity to work independently or in a group project with other fellows.
This was written by Kieran Greig and Matthew Fargo. Thanks to Lara La Barbera and Kevin Neilon for their helpful feedback.
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