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In 2015, after 20 years as an independent nonprofit, Visual Understanding in Education (VUE) restructured, joining forces with veteran not-for-profit Commonweal to become the program Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), within their portfolio of 12 ventures. Founded in 1976, Commonweal has a 40+ year track record of growing, administering and supporting programs rooted in three areas: education and the arts, health and healing, and social justice. Leveraging a robust administrative and financial infrastructure from a diverse, experienced staff, this partnership strengthens VTS’s ability to meet increasing demand for its services, and to support its expanding network.

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Major Supporters – Past and Present

We are deeply grateful for the dedication of our community partners and funders who make our work possible, who have helped us grow over the past 21 years, and whose support makes the vision of VTS a reality.


  • Asian Cultural Council
  • Fifth Floor Foundation
  • Freedman Family Fund
  • Good Works Foundation
  • Hilo Foundation
  • Kalliopeia
  • Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation
  • Mental Insight Foundation
  • The Nathan Cummings Foundation
  • The New World Foundation
  • Panta Rhea Foundation
  • Red Farm Charitable Trust
  • Samuel H. Kress Foundation
  • The Shippy Foundation
  • Arthur and Charlotte Zitrin Foundation

New York

  • Agnes Gund
  • A & A Fund
  • The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation
  • New York Community Trust
  • New York Department of Cultural Affairs
  • New York State Council on the Arts

San Francisco Bay Area/Northern California

  • Applied Materials
  • The Compton Foundation
  • Ginn Foundation
  • Walter & Elise Haas Fund
  • Margot Magowan
  • Michael Martin Galleries Foundation
  • Napa Valley Community Foundation
  • Petaluma Education Fund
  • The San Francisco Foundation
  • Sonoma Valley Education Foundation

Southern California

  • Eisner Foundation
  • Good Works Foundation


  • BPS Arts Expansion Fund
  • EdVestors
  • The Nellie Mae Education Foundation
  • Salstonsall Arts Fund


  • Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs
  • Torrance Foundation
  • Washington Arts Commission
  • Wyman Youth Foundation

Corporate Partners

  • Brookfield Properties
  • Select Equity