Our Highlights from 2015
Our Highlights from 2015
Common Change launched an Incubator to nurture and grow projects around the country that share an ethos of eliminating isolation, expanding collaboration and sharing.
10 Year Anniversary
We started as a six-month experiment with a handful of people in 2005, and a decade on we continue to experiment with and explore giving together.
Acts of Sharing Merger
Acts of Sharing, the Austin-based peer-to-peer sharing platform, joined the Common Change family. Read More.
Common Change App 2.0
We launched 2.0, filled with new features and bug fixes, and a shiny new user interface. This is still the highlight of our year!
Highway Generosity Dinners
On one night, 180 people gathered around 22 dinners to share a meal and do a little good in the world. Highway Community ran a second round of community-wide Generosity Dinners in August.
South African Pilot Groups
We launched our first 2 pilot groups in Cape Town. There are now 5 South African groups and Common Change SA is a registered non-profit company. Read More.
We co-hosted the first Faithonomics Conference: Connecting belief and practice for the common good.
Common City Lexington
We started focussing on “place-based collaborative giving” with the hopes of creating a gifting ecosystem to move resources directly to people who need them, strengthening the relational fabric of local community. Read More.
New Handbook Published
We created a new Group Handbook filled with tips, principles and guidance on how to start and grow a giving group.
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A letter from the Director
Dear Common Change friends and family,
Somewhere in your (and in my) corner of the world, someone is in need of help. The need may visible or invisible, but is nonetheless real. Because of you – because you are the ears, the heart, the wallet, truly the best part of Common Change – help is available.
Each and every day you make all the difference in the world for friends, family, and neighbors – yours and mine! Not only does your engagement meet real needs, but it also restores hope.
When people ask me what makes Common Change different, I reply that Common Change changes lives, including ours. Countless times, a gift recipient has told me about what the help we have offered has meant – education, job security, opportunity, restored hope in humanity. Your gifts open lifelong doors to life-change. And your gifts change the collective us, from the smallest gift of $2.84 to buy a cake to celebrate the lives of two elderly friends or the largest gift of nearly $18k to help with education expenses.
No doubt there are still needs to meet. So it is with great celebration that, together, we enter another year with Common Change.