Disable all preview features

Research and Public Policy : Social and Public Policy Research

Creative Commons

A Culture of Sharing

three stars

87.04

PO Box 1866 Mountain View, CA 94042
tel: (415) 429-5471   Web Site
EIN: 04-3585301

Board Leadership
Paul Brest
Chair

CEO
Ryan Merkley
CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.04 three stars
  Financial 89.48 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

three stars

89.48

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, 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)
83.2%
  Administrative Expenses 10.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.46
  Program Expenses Growth 11.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.3%
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) 87.04 three stars
Colorado Health Institute (CO) 91.92 four stars
Mackinac Center (MI) 92.22 four stars
Supportive Housing Network of New York (NY) 87.57 three stars
Sightline Institute (WA) 93.43 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

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.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,912,901
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,912,901
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,912,901
   Other Revenue $2,555
TOTAL REVENUE $2,915,456
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,896,388
   Administrative Expenses $408,022
   Fundraising Expenses $187,950
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,492,360
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,576,904
   
Net Assets $2,387,354

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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]
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011
  • December, 2010

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).

We invite you to share your opinions, thoughts, experiences, and stories about this charity here to help inform the decisions of other donors.  
Need more help getting started? Check out our FAQs.
 
This tool is not for questions about Charity Navigator, such as how we derived this charity’s rating. We will happily answer those questions if you contact us directly. Likewise, if you have questions for this charity, then we encourage you to contact the charity directly (we include the charity’s contact information in the upper left-hand corner of this page) since few charities regularly monitor this commenting tool.

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$132,114 2.94% Ryan Merkley Chief Executive Officer
Other Salaries of Note
$89,357 1.98% Catherine Casserly Former Chief Executive Officer

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Creative Commons (CA) 87.04 three stars
Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (DC) 85.36 three stars
New Economy Coalition (MA) 85.62 three stars
Organic Farming Research Foundation (CA) 89.44 three stars
Tobin Project (MA) 89.78 three stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

Are you the representative for this organization? If so, click here to access the application form. As an official representative you will have the ability to update some of the information on this page.

Charity Contact Info

Creative Commons
PO Box 1866
Mountain View, CA 94042
tel: (415) 429-5471
EIN: 04-3585301

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

Paul Brest
Chair

CEO

Ryan Merkley
CEO

Join Our Mailing List

Join over 400,000 other informed givers and get updates on charity ratings, new features, hot topics, and tips for donating.

Help Center

Charity Navigator is turning 15!

Together, with donors like you, we have been able to:

  • Continually provide new and updated charity ratings
  • Increase charity transparency and accountability
  • Support the long-term missions of charities through our encouragement of informed giving

Did you know that we’re a charity, too? Your donation will help us provide new tools and information that you can rely on to make impactful giving choices. Your gift of any size will make a difference!

Support Charity Navigator
Not at This Time

We’re celebrating!

For 15 years, Charity Navigator has equipped donors with unbiased charity evaluations and tools to help you make informed giving decisions. Learn more about that journey and the bold goals on our road ahead.

Charity Navigator is turning 15!

Together, with donors like you, we have been able to:

  • Continually provide new and updated charity ratings
  • Increase charity transparency and accountability
  • Support the long-term missions of charities through our encouragement of informed giving

Did you know that we’re a charity, too? Your donation will help us provide new tools and information that you can rely on to make impactful giving choices. Your gift of any size will make a difference!