Common Counsel Grantmaking
Over its more than 30-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
- David R. Stern 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 2019, Common Counsel Foundation and its member funds made grants totaling over $8 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.