Editorial, Graphics and Publishing

Study Center can help with all aspects of getting into print. We are experienced with brochures, billboards, curriculum materials, special reports, annual reports and more. Study Center can help on any or every step of the way.

We specialize in important projects. We can help you tell your story in ways you never thought of. And we can help you achieve that effect.

For information about all publishing services, contact marjorie@studycenter.org

Editorial, Graphic Arts & Design

  • Editorial: Research, reporting, interviewing, writing, editing, proofreading. Whether a program brochure or a book-length project, Study Center can provide whatever you need: writer, editor, proofreader, even someone to handle it all.
  • Graphic Arts & Design: Photography, illustrations, page design and layout. Skilled staff artists create logos, drawings and all manner of illustrations. We photograph events, meetings and people. Experienced in design of special reports, newsletters and magazines, handbooks, how-to manuals, tables, charts and other data graphics.
  • Annual Reports: Most annual reports Study Center produces are for private foundations but any organizational milestone makes a good story. We can make directory data, charts and tables readable, elegant. We will edit your manuscript and use your art, or we can interview your staff, board and clients, and write the copy and shoot photos. Either way, we will help you get the best possible product.
  • Brochures: Study Center can produce a brochure for your program using your copy and art. Or we will write the piece, illustrate it with photographs or drawings, and produce a professional piece for any purpose you require, from service information to sales pitch.
  • Logos and Stationery: For startups or organizations needing a new image, Study Center designs the entire corporate package from logo and letterhead to business cards and all sizes of envelopes.

Central City Extra

San Francisco Study Center publishes Central City Extra, the monthly newspaper for San Francisco’s inner-city neighborhoods — the Tenderloin, Sixth Street and Civic Center. Our first issue was March 2000. Innovative tabloid format and design, two-color with bleeds throughout, printed on book stock. Circulation: 8,000. Neighborhood freelancers help Study Center writers and artists produce this magazine that masquerades as a newspaper. It is cutting-edge journalism produced by a nonprofit publisher as a community service.

Book Publishing

San Francisco Study Center publishes under two imprints: Study Center Press and Many Cultures Publishing. Study Center Press books are for nonprofit managers, program developers and public agency professionals. Many Cultures Publishing produces multicultural curriculum materials, including bilingual storybooks, with teacher’s guides, for dissemination to classrooms nationwide.

Marketing & Distribution

Over the years, to disseminate the scores of publications Study Center has produced, we have developed the capability to promote and distribute nationally. Our services range from conceptualizing the printed piece, to promoting the publication and handling promotion and distribution.

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Fiscal Sponsorship

San Francisco Study Center has evolved from a seed-money startup in 1972 to five years of general support from foundations, and then, starting in 1984, to self-sufficiency through fee for service in editorial & graphics and publishing & distribution, and fiscal sponsorship. Study Center fiscally sponsors dozens of projects that provide a spectrum of services from the arts to human services.

Study Center edited, publishes and distributes Fiscal Sponsorship: 6 Ways to Do It Right, the authoritative book by nonprofit tax lawyer Gregory Colvin. Study Center manages fiscalsponsordirectory.org, a searchable database of 180 fiscal sponsors in 32 states, Washington, D.C., and two Canadian provinces.

Before we sponsor a project, we want to be convinced of the need for the service and know that it has community support, a realistic game plan and a committed staff.

Study Center offers its sponsored projects:

  • Budget development and tracking
  • Tracking and payment of vendor invoices
  • Personnel administration including payroll and benefits administration
  • Maintenance of individualized general ledgers for each project
  • Contract management, including invoicing and reporting to funders
  • Individualized monthly statements
  • Management of organizational insurance requirements

For information about fiscal sponsorship services, contact Geoff Link at geoff@studycenter.org




Financial Management

Many community services, including 501(c)(3) nonprofits, can use a fiscal sponsor, not just startups needing incubation. It's more cost-effective to hire a fiscal intermediary to manage your finances if your annual budget is $500,000 or less.

For the 10% your pay a fiscal sponsor, you can't buy the services of a bookkeeper, accountant, auditor and human services personnel necessary to operate a half-million-dollar community service. You can't have all that expertise on staff for 10% of your budget or $50,000 a year. That might cover one professional's salary. But what about the 30% in benefits. And the need for more than one area of administrative expertise.