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Electronic Frontier Foundation
815 Eddy Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
tel: (415) 436-9333
fax: (415) 436-9993
EIN: 04-3091431

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Board Leadership

Brian Behlendorf


Cindy Cohn
Executive Director

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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Defending freedom in the digital world

(out of 100)
Overall 95.38 4 stars
  Financial 94.85 4 stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 4 stars
This rating was published 11/01/2015 using data for FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial Performance Metrics (Data from FY2014 990)
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity’s total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
  Administrative Expenses 11.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Primary Revenue Growth 33.9%
  Program Expenses Growth 22.7%
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.19
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Electronic Frontier Foundation on the FY2014 990 they filed with the IRS

Income Statement     (FYE 06/2014)

   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $10,394,610
   Federated Campaigns $78,475
   Membership Dues $2,571,633
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $13,044,718
   Program Service Revenue $28,000
Total Primary Revenue $13,072,718
   Other Revenue $564,373
TOTAL REVENUE $13,637,091
   Program Expenses $5,184,186
   Administrative Expenses $834,168
   Fundraising Expenses $1,032,778
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $6,585,959
Net Assets $22,508,730


Compensation of Leaders     (FYE 06/2014)

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$213,168 3.02% Shari Steele Executive Director


When freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990 - well before the Internet was on most people's radar - and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights. EFF fights for freedom primarily in the courts, bringing and defending lawsuits even when that means taking on the U.S. government or large corporations. By mobilizing more than 50,000 concerned citizens through our Action Center, EFF beats back bad legislation. In addition to advising policymakers, EFF educates the press and public.

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