Collaborative Grantmaking - Common Counsel Foundation

Common Counsel Collaborative Grantmaking enable a community of donors to support grant-making programs that are designed to leverage funding for traditionally under-funded issues and constituencies. Common Counsel also leverages contributions by seeking matching support from other foundations and individuals.


Current Collaborative Grantmaking Initiatives include:

Social and Economic Justice Fund

The Social and Economic Justice Fund  is designed to support collaboration and movement building among community-based organizations and their allies, in order to deepen the effectiveness of their efforts to advance social, racial, economic and environmental justice.


Grassroots Exchange Fund (GXF)

The Grassroots Exchange Fund enables donors to support a wide range of community-based organizations that are working to connect their efforts with regional and national initiatives for social, racial, economic, and environmental equality. GXF is a community-guided funding program that enables over 80 organizations per year to engage in collaborative campaigns, strengthen key cross-region and cross-sector movements, and participate in organizing and technical assistance trainings. GXF is directly guided by a board of experienced community leaders who also sit on the governing board of Common Counsel.


Joining a Collaborative Grantmaking Initiative:

In order to ensure sustained funding for these programs, we encourage Collaborative Grantmaking donors to consider pledging annual or multi-year contributions.

To give through a Collaborative Grantmaking you may make you contribution online or contact the CEO at:


Phone: 510-834-2995 x302