Fund for An Inclusive California - Common Counsel Foundation

The Fund for An Inclusive California is a collaborative funding initiative seeking to advance racial and economic equity and community well-being by building the power of low-income communities, and communities of color to advance community-driven solutions to the crisis of neighborhood displacement and gentrification at the local, regional, and statewide levels.

In light of the current political moment, bold and coordinated investments in equity are needed now more than ever. The Fund for an Inclusive California  is being designed to advance racial and economic equity and community health in California’s cities, with a focus on supporting community-driven policy solutions to the crisis of community displacement and equalizing voice, influence and power of low income communities and communities of color in the civic process at the local, regional and statewide levels. The initiative will uplift the importance of housing as a basic human right, support community resilience and stabilization and advance alternative models for sustainable local development that are equitable and prioritize community wellbeing over private profit.

Through a combination of pooled and aligned funding, this initiative will focus on regions that are experiencing rapid growth in development, accelerating community displacement, and where there is significant potential for local-statewide impact. The effort will invest in base-building anchor organizations and multiracial coalitions and networks that are enabling strategic coordination and the aggregation of community power from the local to the statewide level.

The launch of the new Fund for an Inclusive California is being designed to enable greater strategic coordination, leverage new resources, continue shared learning, and help lift up best practices for:

  • Building power in low-income communities and communities of color
  • Supporting local, regional, statewide and national alliance building
  • Strengthening the infrastructure for advancing equity in California
  • Successful community-centered equitable development and housing rights campaigns and
    implementation from the local to the statewide level
  • Co-design of funding strategies and priorities with community leaders
  • Partnership between national, statewide and local funders

The multi stakeholder collaboration process for the pooled fund will enable both funder-to-funder and funder-to-community collaboration. To learn more about the Fund for Inclusive California, please contact Jazmin Segura at jazmin@commoncounsel.org.