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COMMON Foundation

Serving People, Planet, and Peace

aka COMMON Foundation, Dragons Fund, Boulder Dot Earth, Dream Biography, COMMON Artist in Residence, Institute for Environmental Peacebuilding, Fearless, Futurity, Living Green,   |   Boulder, CO   |  https://ourcommonfoundation.org/

Mission

COMMON Foundation is an incubator for social and environmental enterprises. We incubate, nurture, and empower social and environmental entrepreneurs with a non-profit vision, guiding and supporting them in their quest to serve people and the planet. While participating in COMMON Foundation’s incubator program, our team handles operational, administrative, legal, and financial aspects of running a non-profit. Our ultimate goal is to facilitate the launch of independent 501c3 organizations strategically designed for long-term success.

Notes from the nonprofit

We're grateful for all those who donate and support our efforts for the benefit of people, planet, and peace.

Ruling year info

2011

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Matthew King

Main address

3980 Broadway, Suite 103-PMB-164

Boulder, CO 80304 USA

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Formerly known as

Living GREEN DC

Living GREEN

Living GREEN Network

Living GREEN Foundation

EIN

26-1421917

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Experience has taught us that current and emerging creatives and leaders thrive with an external perspective, expertise, and a structured approach when launching new non-profit causes. We seek to lower the failure rate in the non-profit arena by making it possible for emerging leaders to focus on their mission while we take care of the back end and mentoring and advising along their journey. To solve this problem, the COMMON Foundation combines the power of an incubator with philanthropy and social entrepreneurship to support, promote, and develop social and environmental entrepreneurs launching non-profit ideas and organizations in the US and abroad for the benefit of people, the planet, and peace.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Environmental Security, Peacebuilding, and Governance

COMMON Foundation conducts research and advises clients and partners on how to improve environmental security and governance in the US and abroad. COMMON Foundation is a founding member of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association.

Population(s) Served

Mariposa Legal Program's mission is to advocate on behalf of and with immigrants through interprofessional collaborations that provide comprehensive and holistic legal representation, community education initiatives, and proactive data-driven responses to challenging immigration enforcement efforts.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Researchers
Farmers
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Researchers
Farmers

The Artist in Residence Program's mission is to support, promote, and mentor artists and their collaboration with others who actively support pro-democracy movements in the US and abroad.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers

COMMON Foundation Market-Based Approaches to Conservation program researches, mentors, advises, and educates the public on innovative market-based approaches to conservation in the US and abroad.

Population(s) Served

The Parsonage explores the relationship between ecology, spirituality, and creativity through contemporary art.

The gallery hosts cutting-edge exhibitions by a diverse array of artists, as well as performances, lectures, and other events. The Parsonage seeks to provide artists, students, and community members with hospitality and support, which nourishes their creativity and deepens their connection with one another and the unique coastal environment.

Population(s) Served

COMMON Foundation’s incubator program was created to support and promote social and environmental entrepreneurs. Our team handles the operational, administrative, legal, and financial aspects of running a non-profit.

Experience has taught us that current and emerging creatives and leaders thrive with an external perspective, expertise, and a structured approach when launching new non-profit causes.

Along the way, we mentor, advise, and train founders to take on these operational elements as they become more successful in implementing their vision and securing the necessary resources to achieve their mission. Surrounded by an extraordinary Advisory Board, we provide access to a wealth of knowledge to help you succeed.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Environmental Peacebuilding Association 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of entities served by expertise

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2020 we reduced the number of programs incubated due to the global pandemic so we could focus our efforts more precisely on the needs of those supported.

Number of fiscal sponsor applicants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of fiscal sponsor applicants sponsored

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Hours of legal assistance offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Mariposa Legal

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of individuals applying skills learned through the organization's training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars paid to artists

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of multi-year contracts received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Mariposa Legal

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of new grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of donations made by board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Established in 2007 under the visionary leadership of Dr. Matthew King, the COMMON Foundation has been an incubator of social and environmental enterprises, launching dozens of new entities since our founding. Our mission is to incubate, nurture, and empower social and environmental entrepreneurs with a non-profit vision, guiding and supporting them in their quest to serve people and the planet.

Dr. King leads a dedicated and passionate team of advisors and provides invaluable one-on-one mentorship, leadership skills, and creative advice for those who share an unwavering commitment to drive positive social and environmental change. Our ultimate goal is to facilitate the launch of independent 501c3 organizations strategically designed for long-term success. Since our inception, we have achieved remarkable milestones, securing over $5 million in funding to drive our shared vision.

COMMON Foundation focuses on a holistic approach to advising, mentoring, and nurturing emerging leaders.

We mentor, advise, and train founders to take on the operational elements of running a non-profit as they become more successful in implementing their vision and securing the necessary resources to achieve their mission. Surrounded by an extraordinary Advisory Board, we provide access to a wealth of knowledge to help them succeed while participating in our incubator program.

While participating in COMMON Foundation’s incubator program, our team handles operational, administrative, legal, and financial aspects of running a non-profit.

Along the journey, we mentor, advise, and train founders to take on these operational elements as they become more successful in implementing their vision and securing the necessary resources to achieve their mission. Surrounded by an extraordinary Advisory Board, we provide access to a wealth of knowledge to help you succeed.

We help leaders develop a long-term commitment to their mission and understand the need for strong governance, financial transparency, effective fundraising, and strategic planning. We also help leaders assess and adapt to changing circumstances so that their efforts remain resilient and sustainable.

Since our founding, we have helped dozens of leaders launch impactful projects and programs across the United States, Asia, Africa, and Latin America – securing more than $5 million to advance our collective mission to benefit people, the planet, and peace.

These initiatives encompass a range of themes, including sustainable development, agricultural and conservation efforts, documentary films, arts, cultural and social justice advocacy programs, Water, Access to Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), disaster relief efforts, educational scholarships focused on minority and underserved students and teachers who serve them, and other great causes

We have helped several entities internal and external to the COMMON Foundation launch new projects and programs including, but not limited to Mariposa Legal, Parsonage Gallery, Dragons Global Education Fund; Boulder Dot Earth; Sidney and Phyllis Krystal Foundation; Garcia-Meza Scholarship Fund; Nueva School Scholarship Fund; 17 Accelerator; FearLess Revolution; Power of Hope Kibera; Infuse2; Nepal Earthquake Relief; Mountain Flower Goat Dairy; National Park Experience: a film series; Donate Boulder Mudslingers - Community Organized Flood Relief; Wild Horse Project; Little Guy Certified; Farm to Restaurant Survey Project; and the Burger Documentary; etc.).

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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COMMON Foundation

Board of directors
as of 10/21/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

M.Sc. Glenn Ricci

COMMON Foundation

Term: 2022 - 2024

Lina M Barrera

Conservation International

Hugh Robert

Sherwood, McCormick & Robert

Matthew King

COMMON Foundation

Glenn Ricci

University of Rhode Island

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes