We mobilize resources to support social movements
We believe these organizations that are often closest to the ground, have the richest understanding of the cumulative impact of multiple layers of oppression, and thus the multiple layers of change necessary to transform our communities, our society, and our planet.
This belief is carried out in who we partner with and how we support social justice movements.
In this vision, community organizing and social movements have the resources for systems, policy and narrative change that unravel systems of oppression and set the course for community-driven liberation as well as the reimagined systems to uphold it.
This means resourcing movements, aligning and increasing the amount of dollars and social leverage going towards community organizing and other movement-aligned efforts.
At the core, this requires deconstructing philanthropy as it currently operates and in its place setting practices that provide social movements control over grantmaking resources and the social leverage that philanthropy holds.
Common Counsel Foundation is the fertile soil that provides solid ground for collaborations between grassroots organizations and movement-aligned philanthropy to take root and grow.
The grounding in our values and practices is what makes the partnerships that grow with and grow from our organization special.
At our core
We are committed to racial justice, equity and sustainability.
Our board is made up of people who are leaders from the social justice movement, progressive philanthropy, finance and investment professionals, lawyers and accountants. All are leaders in their sectors and are rooted in social justice values.
Alex T. Tom (he/him), Chair
Center for Empowered Politics
China Ching (she/her), Vice Chair
Garrett Collins (he/him)
Vanessa Daniel (she/her)
Carly Hare (Pawnee/Yankton), (she/her)
Dennis Quirin (he/him)
Edward Sungkyu Lee (he/him)
Safe & Sound
Our staff brings a wealth of expertise, lived experience, and know-how to our work in progressive philanthropy. Our 18-member staff includes a full finance and operations team, grants administration, and program and philanthropic advising team that lead our pooled funds, partner with donor-advised fund holders, and lead our family advising practice. Our Management Team includes:
Peggy Saika (she/her), Executive Director
Sarah Gort (she/her), Managing Director
Philip Smith (he/him), Chief Financial Officer
Christen Lee (she/her), Director, Grants Management and Learning
Allistair Mallillin (he/him), Director of Asset and Strategy Building
Jazmin Segura (she/her), Director, Fund for An Inclusive California
Full financials are available upon request