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Common Vision Guide to Structural Change Grantmaking
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The Common Vision Guide to Structural Change Grantmaking

This online guide presents lessons learned from the experiences of a learning community of two regional funder collaboratives. In addition to the experiences modeled by the two cohorts, the Guide includes practical steps and tools for grantmakers seeking to engage in structural change grantmaking, as well as resources that informed the work. Visit the guide
About the Common Vision initiative
Common Vision was a multi-year initiative that convened a variety of national philanthropic partners, experts in various fields and dedicated grantmakers in two regions of the country – New England and the Midwest – who shared an interest in creating healthy communities with widespread equity. Through research, collaborative learning, intensive issue exploration and applied practice, these two cohorts modeled and documented a step-by-step process for structural change grantmaking utilizing an intersectional lens.

Read reflections from some of the Common Vision cohort participants.

Project Leads
Ellen Gurzinsky, Program Director (2007 - 2009), Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Jara Dean-Coffey, Founder & Principal, jdcPartnerships
Steven LaFrance, Founder & Principal, LFA Group