If there is any hesitancy or question that you have it is good to be able to share that. Ask questions, make suggestions, ask for clarity. Try and help the group figure out a good solution.
Can I share a request for something that is not money?
Common Change has been created as a resource sharing group and there are no boundaries set in place for how we can meet needs. In fact, some of the most powerful needs we have met did not involve money. Sometimes people in the group have had a resource [car, school supplies] that they have been able to offer, other times someone in the group may have a friend who is an expert in a particular area who can be called on to share some expertise, we have had calls for prayer and encouragement for people who are in hospital or going through rough times. The space to invite wisdom from a range of people often leads to creative and life-transforming ways of meeting needs. One of the hoped for consequences of being a part of a Common Change group is that you will be challenged to think differently when you are faced with needs in your life and in the lives of those around you.
Who decides how to give away the group fund?
You, and the other members of your group, do! The Common Change group process has been set up largely to invite the wisdom of the individuals within the group in determining how best to meet a need. Members present needs to the group, who are then invited to wisely consider the ask that has been presented and try to find an answer to the question, ‘What is the best way that we can meet this need?’
If I give to the group that I participate in, what % of that is given away?
100% of the money you contribute to your Group Fund goes directly to meeting the needs that your group identifies and agrees to.
Common Change has a separate Operations Fund which members may contribute to over and above their regular Group Fund contributions. These operations contributions go toward administrative fees, web-hosting costs, and other operational expenses of the 501c3 non-profit organization.
Do I need to be of a specific faith tradition to participate?
Certainly not. Common Change is an open platform and tool which facilitates the practice of collaborative giving and relational redistribution for anyone, regardless of faith (or non-faith) tradition.
When you join Common Change you have the opportunity to design your own giving group (or in some circumstances, join an existing group). Each group will be unique, with a group description and statement of commitment that reflects who they are and what they want to achieve. Each group member, before joining, will be able to read and accept the shared hopes and expectations of the group. Some groups may have specific faith inclinations or be oriented around a specific issue or group of people.
How do others become a part of my group?
Simply invite others to join - rally your classmates, friends, family, teammates, colleagues or your entire neighborhood to collaborate in giving. Once they register on Common Change you can invite them to your group.