The Common Sense Fund promotes action both on the environment and in the arts that is practical, creative, and addresses social needs.
The Common Sense Fund was incorporated in 1983 through the philanthropic vision of Seymour Schwartz (Sy). Our environmental mission comes from the example set by Sy who, during his long career as a real estate developer, understood each project within its environmental context, and applied creative and practical techniques to preserve the land and its resources. The Foundation supports environmental change through education, policy initiatives, green jobs training, and stewardship of our natural resources. Our theory of action includes the hope that lessening our dependence on fossil fuels will contribute to peace in the world.
Our arts mission honors Sybil Schwartz, whose love of the arts and commitment to optimizing every child's potential is expressed in our funding of arts programs for the underserved.