Most of our funding is done in the context of existing relationships. The quality of our work depends on deep and authentic relationships. We strive to bridge across divides of class, race, gender, ideology, methodology, and practice modality and to continually broaden our network. We invest in the leaders and organizations with whom we are in relationship, building trust in their vision and directions. We try whenever possible to meet face-to-face to build that trust. We work to balance this desire for depth with a streamlined and nimble process that keeps overhead low, minimizes busywork for us and our grantees, and is responsive to the moment.
We convene to share transformational practices. Most gatherings are free, and all are welcome.
Our most regular gathering is the CORE Circle of Transformational Practice, or “CORE Circle,” a highly experiential gathering offering participants opportunities to learn, apply, and share practices that support personal and social transformation.
We make grants to organizations and to individuals to support communities of transformational practice. Our grant making is by invitation only in order to keep overhead as low as possible and direct more money into the community.
We also offer accompaniment to some grantees. Over the years of experiments at CORE, we have deepened our knowledge of transformational methods, practices, and practitioners. In addition to providing funding, we mobilize our networks of relationships and experience, offering opportunities for peer support, professional coaching, and accompaniment to help individuals and organizations discern their next steps, find helpful trainings and practitioners, and follow through on their chosen practices.
We strive to embody transformational approaches in evaluating our grant-making. Rather than traditional written reports from our CORE grantees, we request and, in some cases, facilitate, transformational processes for them to reflect on what they are learning and how they are carrying forward with new practices, and to share from those learnings and practices with others where appropriate. These methods include:
- Meeting with us 1:1;
- Co-facilitating a CORE Circle or other participatory experience for the CORE network and/or for their own constituency, community or network;
- Writing or being interviewed for an article for the CORE blog, and other audiences as appropriate;
- Video or podcasting or whatever modality works for them to reflect on and share their experiences.