ARING TO CHANGE (C2C) promotes foundation grantmaking that will advance the Common Good, a purpose that was developed and refined through a broadly consultative process.
To oversimplify, Caring to Change believes that for many decades foundations’ principal grantmaking strategy has been to support innovation in relatively narrow program areas, such as youth services, education, poverty, the arts or the environment. While much good has been achieved, conditions in many areas of concern to foundations have not improved very significantly – and in some ways have even gotten worse. Since many problems that affect the poor and the middle class, and people in minority groups, indeed, the entire planet, have worsened, it seemed wise to seek new strategies that might have broad impact in advancing social change.
C2C suggests new grantmaking strategies based on interviews and a subsequent critique of those ideas by senior and other foundation officials, and by others in the nonprofit sector. It became clear that the "Common Good" best organized and expressed the wisdom and the longing of those engaged by the project.
Caring to Change has issued an essay/project report, Foundations for the Common Good, which offers a vision of such grantmaking to yield more profound and enduring benefits, and promote greater change. It is a vision of foundations ever more solidly grounded in American values, one which if fully embraced would have each foundation embody and recapitulate the comprehensive role of organized philanthropy in advancing both its own mission and the broader Common Good.
This web site provides further information about the process, the participants and the essay, as well as ways to obtain it.
Caring to Change, as the project detailed here, concluded at the end of 2010. However, the focus of its work continues through consultations, publications and other efforts of its director, Mark Rosenman