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.
We work primarily in North America, with a focus in the Dakotas, Southwest and Northern Canada, though we have also supported the build of a waka houra (voyaging canoe) 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 examples of some of the organizations we fund:
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.
In Aotearoa: Tairawhiti Voyaging Trust.
Windrose is also a member of the Arctic Funders Collaborative.