Partnering with Donors - Common Counsel Foundation

Common Counsel Foundation partners with families and individual donors to expand philanthropic resources for progressive social movements. We advise family foundations on their giving, advise donors with funds that are held with us, and are home to multi-funder collaborative initiatives.

We welcome more partners to join us in growing resources to support transformative social change.

BENEFITS OF PARTNERING WITH COMMON COUNSEL FOUNDATION

We are trusted by movement leaders
We benefit from deep connection and trust with community leaders who share insights and priorities about the work on the ground. As philanthropic advisors, we can connect what we learn from movement partners with the families and people who entrust us to advise their giving. 

We have been engaged in social movement work for 33 years
In recent years, we’ve seen uprisings and social movements pushing for systemic change. As many foundations join the work to support movement, CCF has more than three decades of  experience in this work to offer guidance and best practices to support grassroots and movement partners. We promote strategic social justice philanthropy and our granting criteria distinguish the differences between social service and social transformation.

We work with a range of stakeholders to achieve our mission, and invite more to join us
We advise family foundations on their giving, advise donors with funds that are held at CCF, provide fiscal sponsorships and build operational capacity for movement organizations, and are home to multi-funder collaborative initiatives. We welcome more partners to join us and join the growing pool of resources to support transformative social change. 

The depth of expertise and experience of our team
The collective experience of our team combines on-the-ground work in community organizations with philanthropic expertise. Our staff and board have extensive professional knowledge and the nuance of lived experience with the issues that we engage in. We bring deep commitment and personal connection to the work, providing a richer analysis and context to our advising. 


WAYS WE PARTNER WITH DONORS

If you would like more information about ways we partner with donors, or are ready to start a fund please contact us at [email protected], or by phone at 510-834-2995.

Foundation Services

Common Counsel helps family foundations and independent small foundations to hone their philanthropic interests and craft strategic grantmaking programs to fit their specific giving mission. The range of progressive funds that we serve benefit from efficient and customized grantmaking programs, reduced overhead expenses, staffing with shared values, and opportunities for collaborative grantmaking.

Donor Advised Funds

Donor Advised Funds are an efficient way for you to maximize your giving by leveraging our knowledge, relationships and strategic approach to support organizations that match your particular interests. CCF staff manages the granting process, offering you the giving power of an independent foundation without the management hassle and added administrative expenses.

Field of Interest Funds

Field of Interest Funds and giving circles enable donors to focus their support on specific issues of concern to them, such as workers’ rights, immigrant rights policy, or environmental equity. When you contribute to a Field of Interest Fund, your donations go to support a strategic portfolio of organizations addressing specific program niches or community initiatives that are aligned with your philanthropic interests.

Multi-Funder Collaborative Initiatives

Building power in communities that have been historically marginalized by systems of oppression requires significant financial scale and collaborative efforts. Common Counsel Foundation specializes in working with a variety of stakeholders, including donors, institutional funders, and grassroots organizations to design, manage, and evaluate multi-million dollar collaborative pooled funds tackling a range of intersectional social justice issues. We have a track record of developing community- and movement-led collaborative grantmaking vehicles at scale.

Support Common Counsel Directly 

Many donors also choose to provide direct support to Common Counsel in order to advance our mission of leveraging long-term support for human rights, social and environmental justice, and a sustainable future.

If you would like more information about ways we partner with donors, or are ready to start a fund please contact us at [email protected], or by phone at 510-834-2995.

“The beauty of working with Common Counsel is that the staff manages to serve the interests of all three generations of our family. They have helped us to design a grantmaking program that reflects both the common values and our unique concerns. Common Counsel connects us to each organization we fund through excellent research and first-hand reports from site visits. It also gratifies us to know that through collaboration with other members of the Foundation, we can often reach organizations that wouldn’t be possible if we stood alone.”

– Abelard Foundation Trustee