Founded in 1988, Common Counsel Foundation partners with families and individual donors to expand philanthropic resources for progressive social movements. Through our strategic philanthropic services, we prioritize support for community-based organizations building the leadership of low-income people, women, youth, people of color and others working for justice, equity, and a healthy, sustainable environment.
Common Counsel Grantmaking
Over its more than 20-year history, Common Counsel Foundation has developed a reputation for progressive community-oriented philanthropy highlighted by grant-making that is defined not only by who we fund, but also by the principles and practices that guide our work. Common Counsel donors and member funds share a special interest in supporting organizations committed to grassroots community organizing for racial, economic, and environmental justice, policy reform, and social change.
Current Common Counsel Foundation member funds include:
- Abelard Foundation West
- Acorn Foundation
- Kindle Project
- Lora L. and Martin N. Kelley Family Foundation Trust
- Penney Family Fund
- David R. Stern Fund
- Victor and Lorraine Honig Fund
Common Counsel’s internal grant programs include:
- The Grassroots Exchange Fund (GXF) - a community-guided rapid response small grants program established to build bridges between grassroots social and environmental justice organizations throughout the United States.
- Native Voices Rising - a collaboration between Common Counsel Foundation and Native Americans in Philanthropy, is a research and re-granting project designed to support grassroots groups led by and for Native communities in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities.
- The Social and Economic Justice Fund (SEJ) - a collaborative grants initiative that supports organizations working on civil and human rights, youth organizing, and economic justice for low-income immigrant communities and communities of color.
In 2013, Common Counsel Foundation and its member funds made 311 grants totaling nearly $3 million.
Common Counsel Residency Program
Common Counsel is the fiscal sponsor for The Windcall Resident Program, a retreat program for social change organizers and activists.