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Commonweal

A health and environmental research institute

four stars

94.91

P.O. Box 316 Bolinas, CA 94924
tel: (415) 868-0970   Web Site
EIN: 94-2366094

Board Leadership
Michael Lerner
President

CEO
Arlene Allsman
Managing Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.91 four stars
  Financial 94.03 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Commonweal is a nonprofit health and environmental research institute in Bolinas, California. Founded in 1976, Commonweal conducts programs that contribute to human and ecosystem health- to a safer world for people and for all life. The specific and primary purpose of this corporation is to engage in educational, charitable, and research activities which contribute to the health of individuals, to public health, and to the health of the global environment.

Commonweal is a nonprofit health and environmental research institute in Bolinas, California. Founded in 1976, Commonweal conducts programs that contribute to human and ecosystem health- to a safer world for people and for all life. The specific and primary purpose of this corporation is to engage in educational, charitable, and research activities which contribute to the health of individuals, to public health, and to the health of the global environment.

Financial

four stars

94.03

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 02/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
80.9%
  Administrative Expenses 13.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.22
  Program Expenses Growth 4.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Commonweal on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Commonweal on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Commonweal (CA) 94.91 four stars
Cancer Wellness Center (IL) 98.70 four stars
Colon Cancer Coalition (MN) 86.69 three stars
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (TX) 89.84 three stars
Livestrong Foundation (TX) 85.49 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,514,391
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,514,391
   Program Service Revenue $949,407
Total Primary Revenue $4,463,798
   Other Revenue $128,536
TOTAL REVENUE $4,592,334
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,470,224
   Administrative Expenses $600,866
   Fundraising Expenses $251,923
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,323,013
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $269,321
   
Net Assets $4,788,394

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Visual Thinking Strategies $571,408 16.5%
Collaborative on Health and the Environment $449,529 13.0%

Ratings History
Commonweal has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-06 02/01/2018 94.91 four stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 93.77 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 96.96 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 02/01/2016 95.70 four stars
2014-06 11/01/2015 94.85 four stars
2013-06 07/01/2014 94.52 four stars
2013-06 06/01/2014 94.13 four stars
2012-06 05/01/2013 96.96 four stars
2011-06 10/01/2012 99.09 four stars
2010-06 07/01/2012 75.95 two stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 94-2366094
Name in IRS Master File COMMONWEAL
NTEE Code P20
NTEE Classification Human Service Organizations - Multipurpose
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (161) Scientific research (diseases)
(154) Health clinic
(31) Special school for the blind, handicapped, etc
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date October, 2002
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
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  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$104,307 2.41% Arlene Allsman Chief Operating Officer
Other Salaries of Note
$118,595 2.74% Vanessa Marcotte CFO
$116,840 2.70% Oren Slozberg CSO
$109,383 2.53% Elise Miller Program Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Commonweal (CA) 94.91 four stars
Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (CA) 94.42 four stars
Livestrong Foundation (TX) 85.49 three stars
ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer (VA) 92.89 four stars
Leukemia Research Foundation (IL) 86.54 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Commonweal
P.O. Box 316
Bolinas, CA 94924
tel: (415) 868-0970
fax: (415) 868-2230
EIN: 94-2366094

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Board Leadership

Michael Lerner
President

CEO

Arlene Allsman
Managing Director

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