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Creative Commons

A Culture of Sharing

three stars

89.32

PO Box 1866 Mountain View, CA 94042
tel: (415) 429-6753   Web Site
EIN: 04-3585301

Board Leadership
Molly van Houweling
Chair

CEO
Ryan Merkley
CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.32 three stars
  Financial 85.44 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Our vision is nothing less than realizing the full potential of the Internet — universal access to research and education, full participation in culture — to drive a new era of development, growth, and productivity. Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation. The idea of universal access to research, education, and culture is made possible by the Internet, but our legal and social systems don't always allow that idea to be realized.

Our vision is nothing less than realizing the full potential of the Internet — universal access to research and education, full participation in culture — to drive a new era of development, growth, and productivity. Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation. The idea of universal access to research, education, and culture is made possible by the Internet, but our legal and social systems don't always allow that idea to be realized.

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Financial

three stars

85.44

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
77.8%
  Administrative Expenses 10.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.67
  Program Expenses Growth -10.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Creative Commons on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Creative Commons on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Creative Commons (CA) 89.32 three stars
Tobin Project (MA) 87.60 three stars
Center for Economic and Policy Research (DC) 89.08 three stars
Demos (NY) 87.62 three stars
Institute for Policy Studies (DC) 94.21 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,477,689
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,477,689
   Program Service Revenue $11,668
Total Primary Revenue $1,489,357
   Other Revenue $150,051
TOTAL REVENUE $1,639,408
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,767,768
   Administrative Expenses $381,017
   Fundraising Expenses $451,629
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,600,414
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,961,006
   
Net Assets $8,636,706

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
Hewlett International Grant $2,767,768 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 07/01/2019 89.32 three stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 89.05 three stars
2015-12 07/01/2017 85.38 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 87.04 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 07/01/2015 89.05 three stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 85.60 three stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 98.71 four stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 76.87 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 04-3585301
Name in IRS Master File CREATIVE COMMONS CORPORATION
NTEE Code B70
NTEE Classification Libraries
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
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 August, 2002
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
Not compensated -- Ryan Merkley Chief Executive Officer $219,919
Other Salaries of Note
$164,253 4.56% Diane Peters General Counsel --
$130,739 3.63% Cable Green Director of Open Education --
$120,871 3.35% Sarah Pearson Senior Counsel --
$118,708 3.29% Trevor Seethaler Director of Finance --

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Creative Commons (CA) 89.32 three stars
The Georgia Center for Opportunity (GA) 91.89 four stars
Business Executives for National Security (DC) 94.76 four stars
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (DC) 90.34 four stars
The Independent Institute (CA) 96.90 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Creative Commons
PO Box 1866
Mountain View, CA 94042
tel: (415) 429-6753
EIN: 04-3585301

Mail donations to:
P. O. Box 741107
Los Angeles, CA 90074

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Board Leadership

Molly van Houweling
Chair

CEO

Ryan Merkley
CEO

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