About CCF

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:

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.
  • 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 2010, Common Counsel Foundation and its member funds made 276 grants totaling $2,088,784.

Common Counsel Residency Program

Common Counsel is the fiscal sponsor for The Windcall Resident Program, a retreat program for social change organizers and activists.