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Creative Commons

A Culture of Sharing

two stars

78.52

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

Board Leadership
Molly Van Houweling
Chair

CEO
Cable Green
Interim CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 78.52 two stars
  Financial 95.30 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 70.00 two stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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

four stars

95.30

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

70.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
77.3%
  Administrative Expenses 11.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.70
  Program Expenses Growth 13.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.8%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Creative Commons (CA) 78.52 two stars
American Youth Policy Forum (DC) 91.99 four stars
California Food Policy Advocates (CA) 90.72 four stars
Atlas Network (VA) 90.29 four stars
Economic Policy Institute (DC) 90.90 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,775,335
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,775,335
   Program Service Revenue $70,498
Total Primary Revenue $1,845,833
   Other Revenue $160,825
TOTAL REVENUE $2,006,658
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,199,508
   Administrative Expenses $505,885
   Fundraising Expenses $432,031
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,137,424
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-2,130,766
   
Net Assets $6,304,976

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 $3,199,508 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 06/01/2020 78.52 two stars
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 CEO $224,768
Other Salaries of Note
$191,613 4.63% Diane Peters General Counsel --
$150,784 3.64% Cable Green Director Of Open Education --
$145,326 3.51% Paola Villarreal-Rodriguez Director Of Engineering --
$139,077 3.36% Eric Steuer Creative Director --
$129,275 3.12% Sarah Pearson Senior Counsel --

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Creative Commons (CA) 78.52 two stars
North Carolina Justice Center (NC) 92.22 four stars
American Youth Policy Forum (DC) 91.99 four stars
American Academy of Arts and Sciences (MA) 87.08 three stars
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies (DC) 92.22 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

Cable Green
Interim CEO

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