Non-profit

Common Counsel Foundation

Website:

www.commoncounsel.org/

Location:

OAKLAND, CA

Tax ID:

94-3214166

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2017):

Revenue: $10,334,037
Expenses: $4,797,632
Assets: $8,148,926

Formation:

1988

Executive Director:

Peggy Saika

Type:

Fiscal Sponsor; Grantmaker

The Common Counsel Foundation (CCF) is a nonprofit foundation consisting of a group of grantmaking funds which donate to over 300 left-of-center advocacy groups each year.[1]

As of January 2021, CCF is the new fiscal sponsor of Movement for Black Lives, one of the leading advocacy groups associated with the Black Lives Matter movement.[2] Though as of February 2021, Movement for Black Lives is not listed as a sponsored project on CCF’s website.[3]

Member Funds

The Common Counsel Foundation consists of five funds: Abelard Foundation West, the Acorn Foundation, the Kindle Project, the Lora L. and Martin N. Kelley Family Foundation Trust, and the David R. Stein Fund.[4]

The member funds direct their grants through six Common Counsel Grant Programs: the Acorn Foundation supports environmentalist groups, the Grassroot Exchange Fund currently assists groups connected to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nature Voices Rising focuses on Native American organizations, the Social and Economic Justice Fund supports collaboration between progressive groups, the Still We Rise Fund focuses on organizations that support racial and ethnic minorities, and the Fund for an Inclusive California finances low-income community groups in California.[5][6][7]

Funding

In 2018, the Common Counsel Foundation received $19,222.706 in revenue, with $17,414,561 coming from grants.[8]

In January 2021, CCF received a $150,000 grant from the Blue Shield of California Foundation.[9]

From 2018-2021, CCF received $900,000 from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, with the funds earmarked for the Fund for an Inclusive California.[10]

In 2020, CCF received $100,000 from the Public Welfare Foundation.[11]

In 2018, CCF received $50,000 from the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation.[12]

The Common Counsel Foundation acts as a fiscal sponsor for other nonprofits, an arrangement in which nonprofits which have not received formal tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service are run as a project by an approved nonprofit.[13]

As of February 2021, CCF lists three sponsored projects: the Kindle Project, a fund for low-income community groups and also a member fund of CCF; RoadMap Consulting, a social justice movement consulting group; and the Windcall Institute, a left-progressive organizational leadership training program. Movement for Black Lives is listed as a sponsored project on its own website, but not on CCF’s website.[14][15]

Leadership

Common Counsel Foundation executive director Peggy Saika is a veteran of Asian American-interest and left-of-center advocacy groups. From 2002-2015, she was the president and executive director of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. Prior, Saika was the founding executive director of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network. From 1983-1991, she was the executive director of the Asian Law Caucus. Saika was a co-founder of the Asian Women’s Shelter, Asians/Pacific Islanders for Choice, the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. She has also been on the boards of Equal Rights Advocates, Progressive Assets Management, the Alston/Bannerman National Fellowship Program, the California Wellness Foundation, the New World Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, Ms. Foundation for Women, United Way of the Bay Area, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, National Network of Grantmakers, and the Council on Foundations. Saika is currently a Board member of the Patrick and Lily Okura Foundation and Green 2.0.[16]

CCF director of strategy and asset building Allistair Mallillin has also worked for numerous Asian American and left-of-center advocacy groups. Prior, he worked as the membership and communications manager for Justice Funders, a left-wing community group in Oakland. Previously, Mallillin was the executive director of the Asian American Resource Workshop, the associate director of programs and services at Philanthropy Massachusetts, and also worked for the Haymarket People’s Fund, New England Foundation for the Arts, Saffron Circle Giving Circle, Access Strategies Fund, and Funding Exchange. Mallillin serves on the boards of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Filipino Advocates for Justice, Integrated Rural Strategies Group at Neighborhood Funders Group, and the Local Engagement Chapter of Exponent Philanthropy.[17]

References

  1. “Common Counsel Foundation.” NAAEE. May 22, 2020. Accessed February 2, 2021. https://naaee.org/eepro/opportunities/common-counsel-foundation. ^
  2. Stilson, Robert. “Movement for Black Lives Has a New Fiscal Sponsor.” Capital Research Center. February 1, 2021. Accessed February 2, 2021. https://capitalresearch.org/article/movement-for-black-lives-has-a-new-fiscal-sponsor/. ^
  3. “Sponsored Project.” Common Counsel Foundation. Accessed February 2, 2021. https://www.commoncounsel.org/projects/. ^
  4. “About.” Common Counsel Foundation. Accessed February 2, 2021. https://www.commoncounsel.org/about-2/. ^
  5. “Grantmaking.” Common Counsel Foundation. Accessed February 2, 2021. https://www.commoncounsel.org/about-2/. ^
  6. “Fund for an Inclusive California.” Common Counsel Foundation. Accessed February 2, 2021. https://www.commoncounsel.org/fund-for-an-inclusive-california/. ^
  7. “Acorn Foundation.” Common Counsel Foundation. Accessed February 2, 2021. https://www.commoncounsel.org/296-2/. ^
  8. “Common Counsel Foundation Form 990.” ProPublica. Accessed February 2, 2021. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/display_990/943214166/11_2019_prefixes_90-95%2F943214166_201812_990_2019110116808741. ^
  9. “Common Counsel Foundation.” Blue Shield of California Foundation. Accessed February 2, 2021. https://blueshieldcafoundation.org/grants/grantee/common-counsel-foundation. ^
  10. “Grants.” Chan Zuckerberg Foundation. Accessed February 2, 2021. https://chanzuckerberg.com/grants-ventures/grants/. ^
  11. “Grants.” Public Welfare Foundation. Accessed February 2, 2021. https://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/. ^
  12. “Common Counsel Foundation.” Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation. Accessed February 2, 2021. https://noyes.org/grants/. ^
  13. Stilson, Robert. “Movement for Black Lives Has a New Fiscal Sponsor.” Capital Research Center. February 1, 2021. Accessed February 2, 2021. https://capitalresearch.org/article/movement-for-black-lives-has-a-new-fiscal-sponsor/. ^
  14. “Sponsored Project.” Common Counsel Foundation. Accessed February 2, 2021. https://www.commoncounsel.org/projects/. ^
  15. “Sponsored Project.” Common Counsel Foundation. Accessed February 2, 2021. https://www.commoncounsel.org/projects/. ^
  16. “Staff, Key Consultants, & Board.” Common Counsel Foundation. Accessed February 2, 2021. https://www.commoncounsel.org/about-2/staff-board/. ^
  17. “Staff, Key Consultants, & Board.” Common Counsel Foundation. Accessed February 2, 2021. https://www.commoncounsel.org/about-2/staff-board/. ^

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Alex Tom
    Board Member
  2. Laura Livoti
    Former CEO

Donor Organizations

  1. Abelard Foundation (Non-profit)
  2. Benjamin Fund (Non-profit)
  3. California Community Foundation (Non-profit)
  4. California Endowment (Non-profit)
  5. California Wellness Foundation (Non-profit)
  6. Carnegie Corporation of New York (Non-profit)
  7. Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (For-profit)
  8. Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund (Non-profit)
  9. Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund (Non-profit)
  10. Firedoll Foundation (Non-profit)
  11. Ford Foundation (Non-profit)
  12. Gerbode Foundation (Non-profit)
  13. Groundswell Fund (Non-profit)
  14. Hidden Leaf Foundation (Non-profit)
  15. Hill-Snowdon Foundation (Non-profit)
  16. Hyams Foundation (Non-profit)
  17. James Irvine Foundation (Non-profit)
  18. Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation (Non-profit)
  19. Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego (Other Group)
  20. JPB Foundation (Non-profit)
  21. Kapor Center for Social Impact (Mitchell Kapor Foundation) (Non-profit)
  22. Levi Strauss Foundation (Non-profit)
  23. Liberty Hill Foundation (Non-profit)
  24. Libra Foundation (Non-profit)
  25. Marguerite Casey Foundation (Non-profit)
  26. Marin Community Foundation (Non-profit)
  27. Neighborhood Funders Group (Non-profit)
  28. NEO Philanthropy (Non-profit)
  29. New World Foundation (NWF) (Non-profit)
  30. Proteus Fund (Non-profit)
  31. Public Welfare Foundation (Non-profit)
  32. Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment (Non-profit)
  33. Rudolf Steiner Foundation (RSF Social Finance) (Non-profit)
  34. Sagner Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  35. San Francisco Foundation (Non-profit)
  36. Schwab Charitable Fund (Non-profit)
  37. Silicon Valley Community Foundation (Non-profit)
  38. Surdna Foundation (Non-profit)
  39. Swift Foundation (Non-profit)
  40. Unbound Philanthropy (Non-profit)
  41. Whitman Institute (Non-profit)
  42. William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (Non-profit)
  43. Y & H Soda Foundation (Non-profit)
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: July 1, 1995

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2017 Dec Form 990 $10,334,037 $4,797,632 $8,148,926 $254,742 N $8,781,795 $1,544,950 $6,292 $122,963 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $3,681,973 $3,914,023 $2,729,957 $372,178 N $2,989,059 $691,621 $3,401 $120,360 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990 $4,230,072 $3,163,376 $3,047,765 $418,345 N $3,705,219 $523,561 $1,511 $80,582 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $2,074,863 $2,795,087 $1,669,215 $106,491 N $1,480,229 $582,425 $9,774 $97,300 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $2,209,718 $3,083,115 $2,422,852 $133,443 N $1,663,097 $497,620 $50,574 $103,006 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $2,423,604 $2,877,019 $3,305,154 $117,416 N $2,111,408 $285,869 $60,333 $106,243 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $4,390,317 $1,437,034 $3,720,313 $79,160 N $4,187,185 $222,417 $3,116 $96,652 PDF
    2010 Dec Form 990 $1,679,800 $1,156,591 $719,689 $31,819 N $1,489,969 $183,500 $798 $92,231 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Common Counsel Foundation

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