Initiatives.

We’ve worked with 160+ community leaders and funders through our cohort learning programs, but the work doesn’t stop there.

Our work has evolved beyond these programs into flexible initiatives that build inclusive economies. This has included targeted convenings of local ecosystem players, advisory services for place-based and national funders, and a Social Entrepreneurs in Residence program.


Our initiatives are designed to shift capital into communities, uplift local leaders, and accelerate the development of equitable economies.

Current Initiatives

Funder Learning

  • Cohort-based
  • For Funders

We design cohort-based programs for executive-level leaders in place-based, private, health, and community foundations. Participants are committed to shifting their institution’s investment capital into the communities they serve, and into alignment with their mission.

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Common Future Fellows

  • Cohort-based
  • For Community Leaders

The Fellows network unites leaders behind a vision to shift power to communities. Since 2011, we’ve selected five cohorts of outstanding community leaders from across the U.S. and Canada to examine strategies for systems change that address wealth inequality and ecological extraction.

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Social Entrepreneurs in Residence

  • For Community Leaders
  • Virtual Residency

In 2019, we launched the Social Entrepreneurs in Residence (SEIR) program. SEIRs are accomplished practitioners who are supported as senior-level colleagues at Common Future.

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Ecosystem Programs

  • For Community Leaders
  • Place-Based Program

Many communities are rethinking a collaborative approach to economic development that includes local ownership, investment, and innovation. Common Future helps communities organize around this shared work.

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Capital Strategies

  • Community Advised Fund
  • For Funders
  • Impact Investing

Our capital strategies are building a system where access to capital is inclusive and equitable. We work with funders across the capital spectrum, from philanthropy to impact investors to create linkages between capital and our network leaders.

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Advisory Services

  • Consultancy
  • For Funders

Common Future offers strategic advice and implementation support to help funders amplify impact, launch new ideas and investments, and increase access to on-the-ground experience and knowledge.

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