How it works

  • Join Common Change, then create or join an existing group.

    If you create your own unique group, you can write a description & a covenant stating who you are and what you are committed to. If you join an existing group, you can read & accept the shared hopes of the group, & start participating with them.

  • Invite friends to join your group who have a common desire to assist in meeting needs, whether helping cover a relative’s hospital bill or reaching out to a classmate whose family has been hit by tragedy.

  • Fund - your group "piggy bank", which is an ongoing account that is used to meet needs that team members recognize in their communities. Everyone can give whatever they choose on a regular basis, such as a fixed dollar amount or percentage of their income. Needs are met from the growing pool of money collecting in your group’s account.

  • When a member sees a need in their community, they can share the request with the group. It gives you power to know you can make a difference, by being part of a group and financial fund larger than yourself. Giving is usually on a one degree of separation basis, helping individuals, not organisations. 100% of the money donated to your Common Change group goes to meet the needs of your group, making it clear exactly how your money is helping out.

  • As a group member you then "weigh in" to decide if you would like to support each particular request. By sharing comments and suggestions each member adds to the wisdom of the group to help decide how best to meet the need.

  • Once a need is approved, payment is sent. This unexpected gift in a time of need will hopefully be a huge encouragement to the recipient. The beauty is that it gives the whole group a chance to make a positive change. Over time you may see needs in your community but lack the finances or position to make a difference, but with a group piggy bank and all individuals keeping an eye out for needs in their community! Together we are empowering individuals to walk alongside people they know who are in need.

Our People
Meet a few others that are participating in collaborative giving on Common Change.

Ben Younan
Jackie Bulanow
Darin Peterson
Meeghan Petersen
Damien O'Farrell
Emmanuel Assasie
Brett Anderson



Our Stories
Common Change is constantly making a difference in lives around the world.

Cancer Support
Medical Burden Relief
Gift of Birth
Skills Training

Our Partners
Common Change receives a broad range of support from discounted services and free software, to grants and financial backing.Our sponsors and partners help make it possible for us to connect people and their resources with people in their lives.Common Change is grateful for their collaboration in helping us achieve our mission.

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Common Change
484 Lake Park Ave #665
Oakland, California 94610


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