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 combines the power of an incubator with philanthropy and social entrepreneurship to support, promote and develop non-profit ideas and organizations in the US and abroad for the benefit of people, planet, and peace. We serve COMMON’s 225+ companies in 27 industries and 21 countries, as well as the non-profit and philanthropic interests of external clients including individuals, families, companies, philanthropists, and social and environmental entrepreneurs. We offer fiscal sponsorship for non-profit projects, donor advised funds, conduct philanthropic advising, set up scholarship programs, conduct legacy research and development, develop non-profit strategies, and we offer a full suite of consultative services for people, planet, and peace.

Notes from the nonprofit

We're grateful for all those who donate and support our efforts to make the world a better place.

Ruling year info

2011

President/Chairman

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)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Futurity recognizes that emerging leaders need support as they launch innovative social and environmental projects, programs, services, and organizations in the non-profit space.

Futurity Foundation's aim is to support and promote the goals of avant-garde leaders, visionaries, philanthropists, and social entrepreneurs seeking to make a positive social or environmental impact.

We offer fiscal sponsorship for non-profit projects, donor advised funds, conduct philanthropic advising, set up and execute scholarship programs, conduct legacy research and development, develop foundation, non-profit, and impact investment strategies, and provide a full suite of consultative services.

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?

Dragons Global Education Fund

Dragons Global Education Fund provides scholarships and opportunities for minority and underserved communities in the US and abroad.

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.

Total number of competitions held

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

Dragons Global Education Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students enrolled in service-learning courses

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

Dragons Global Education Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of entities served by expertise

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

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We support and promote non-profit social entrepreneurs (6-12) annually. Our aim is to serve 6 annually so as to focus on our efforts on the incubation and acceleration of great non-profit ideas.

Number of opportunities teachers have to provide and receive mentoring

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

Dragons Global Education Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

COMMON Foundation helps leaders create social, cultural and environmental transformations.

Mission: COMMON Foundation combines the power of an incubator with philanthropy and social entrepreneurship to support, promote and develop non-profit ideas and organizations in the US and abroad for the benefit of people, planet, and peace.

Vision: COMMON Foundation envisions a world full of inspired citizens, donors, and clients who advance their causes in ways that are effective, conscientious, and innovative.

Culture: Our work is an authentic expression of our collective interests, intrinsic strengths, and passions. Our team is one of inspiration and motivation. We like to have fun, and we love what we do.

Imagination, creativity, innovation, integrity, agility, passion, ethics, energy, and foresight, these are the core set of principles and values to which we adhere.

COMMON Foundation combines the power of an incubator with philanthropy and social entrepreneurship to support, promote and develop non-profit ideas and organizations in the US and abroad for the benefit of people, planet, and peace.

We’ve launched dozens of projects since our founding in 2007 and IRS exempt approval in 2009. After a decade of experience working in research, impact investment, philanthropy, and non-profit sectors, we’ve expanded our capabilities to include: philanthropic advising, non-profit incubation and management, fiscal sponsorship, donor-advised funds, legacy research and development, strategic consulting services, communication services, mentoring services, and scholarship program development.

Mentoring Services
Executive Mentoring
Project Mentoring
Personal Mentoring for Professionals
Professional Mentoring for Teams
Mentoring for Students
Train the Trainers
Visionary Communications
Communications Planning
Messaging & Narrative Development
Identity Package Creation
Proposal Writing
Editing and Proofreading
Web Content Development
Production of Films & Documentaries
Screen Writing
Creative Strategies
Visioning
Facilitation
Strategic Planning
Business and Project Development
Learning Expeditions
Research for Projects, Books, and Film
Integrated Technologies
Strategic Technology Consulting
Business Analysis
Software Architecture & System Design
Project Management
Software / Web Development
Database Design / Administration
Quality Assurance
Network / Systems Administration

We have conducted research to support the development of projects and programs (R&D) in the fields of conflict/violence prevention, coral reef conservation, food security, governance, and a range of other topics relevant to our partners and clients.

We have also helped several organizations and institutions launch new projects and programs including, but are not limited to: 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.).

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 9/1/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Matthew King

Lina Barrera

Conservation International

Hugh Robert

Sherwood, McCormick & Robert

Matthew King

King's Creations

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/12/2019

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/12/2019

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.