Who we are

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About Common Impact

Our Vision  Our Mission  Who we are  Our Values 

Our vision

We envision a society in which all individuals and businesses invest their unique talents towards a shared purpose: strengthening the local communities in which we live and work.

Our mission

Catalyzing a new, connected economy by aligning business and social purpose.

Who we are

Common Impact is a nationally-recognized nonprofit that works to build a society in which individuals and businesses invest their unique talents towards a shared purpose: strengthening the local communities in which we live and work. We connect corporate employees to nonprofit organizations with proven models to tackle the greatest challenges our communities face.

We break down barriers that exist between sectors and industries to create meaningful partnerships between companies, social sector organizations and the people that drive them.  The common purpose of these connections:  to deliver real value to each partner through innovations in community engagement, and ultimately to address deeply rooted and complex social challenges.

With a deep understanding of both mission-focused and business goals, Common Impact enables growing nonprofits to achieve even greater results in our communities, while simultaneously engaging corporate employees in dynamic and challenging opportunities that develop their skills and unlock successful, purpose-driven careers.

Founded in 2000, Common Impact has partnered with Fortune 500 companies and hundreds of the country’s leading nonprofit organizations to create this transformational change. Learn more about our services, our impact, the companies we work with, and our nonprofit partners.

Our Values

Service and Equity

We believe strongly in the power of service as a force for social justice and a more equitable society.  When we activate our talents within the spirit of service, we create one of the most powerful mechanisms we have to effect lasting change.

Unlikely Partnerships

Common Impact’s theory of change rests on the philosophy that bringing together unlikely partners activates real change.  By melding the unique skillsets and perspectives of individuals who would have otherwise never met, we unlock new, scalable ideas and solutions.

Ingenuity

We are “strategic doers,” marrying blue-sky ambition with on the ground solutions that work.  Decades of cross-sector experience and our learning mindset enable us to pursue purposeful innovation and pioneer new, deliberate solutions that scale social impact.

Levity 

Though we take our work seriously, we believe that the best work is done when we sustain ourselves with humor, a healthy ambition for personal interests and good-natured optimism.  The positivity that results pervades our interactions with each other, with our clients and with the wider community.

“Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served.”

Mahatma Gandhi