WINDROSE Fund of Common Counsel Foundation is based in Oakland, California. We are an agile fund committed to building longstanding trust-based relationships. The windrose itself is symbolic as a wayfinding device and visual of intersection. A windrose maps 8 major winds and sometimes half winds, circular in format they show the frequency of winds blowing from different directions (N, S, E, W, NE, NW, SE, SW). Our vision is not limited by particular issue areas, rather we work from an understanding that everything interrelates. When people heal the land heals, when the land heals people heal.
While we work primarily in North America - with a focus in the Dakotas, Southwest and Northern Canada - we have made exceptional grants to seed fund projects internationally as well. This has included the Center for Mind-Body Medicine's inaugural trauma relief training program to address the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan and the Tairawhiti Voyaging Trust build of a waka horura as a learning classroom for getting youth back on the water to learn ancient Polynesian navigation skills and star knowledge in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Following are some examples of organizations we are currently funding.
In Northern Canada: Inuit Tattoo Revitalization Project & the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation. In the Dakotas: Black Hills Clean Water Alliance & the Tanka Fund. In the Southwest: Changing Woman Initiative & Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture.
Windrose is also a member of the Arctic Funders Collaborative.