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Creative Commons

A Culture of Sharing

three stars

85.38

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 85.38 three stars
  Financial 82.50 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 07/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

three stars

82.50

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 07/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
85.2%
  Administrative Expenses 9.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.29
  Program Expenses Growth -16.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 15.9%
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) 85.38 three stars
Mercatus Center (VA) 88.81 three stars
American Institute for Economic Research (MA) 85.50 three stars
Competitive Enterprise Institute (DC) 86.98 three stars
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (IA) 88.56 three stars

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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 $1,706,083
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,706,083
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,706,083
   Other Revenue $-3,139
TOTAL REVENUE $1,702,944
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,166,435
   Administrative Expenses $335,797
   Fundraising Expenses $244,232
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,746,464
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,043,520
   
Net Assets $1,313,377

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
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, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2013
  • December, 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).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
Not compensated -- Ryan Merkley Chief Executive Officer $191,873

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) 85.38 three stars
Families USA Foundation (DC) 88.62 three stars
Center for Public Integrity (DC) 91.31 four stars
Supportive Housing Network of New York (NY) 87.57 three stars
Institute for Energy Research (DC) 89.26 three 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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