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Common Sense Media

We rate, educate, and advocate for kids, families, and schools

four stars

92.22

650 Townsend Street Suite 435
San Francisco, CA 94103
tel: (415) 863-0600   Web Site
EIN: 41-2024986

Board Leadership
William S. Price
Chair

CEO
James Steyer
Founder, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.22 four stars
  Financial 100.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 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

four stars

100.00

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

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)
82.5%
  Administrative Expenses 8.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.20
  Program Expenses Growth 9.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Common Sense Media on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Common Sense Media on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Common Sense Media (CA) 92.22 four stars
Resource Media (CA) 86.41 three stars
Commentary (NY) 86.69 three stars
Next City Inc. (PA) 89.04 three stars
Graywolf Press (MN) 92.74 four stars

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Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. We exist because our nation's children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, which profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development . As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, we provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $16,708,407
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $374,325
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $17,082,732
   Program Service Revenue $5,905,192
Total Primary Revenue $22,987,924
   Other Revenue $634
TOTAL REVENUE $22,988,558
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $13,226,841
   Administrative Expenses $1,497,291
   Fundraising Expenses $1,373,602
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $16,097,734
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $6,890,824
   
Net Assets $18,095,344

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
Educate: Provides Guidance & Educational Materials $5,164,350 39.0%
Rate: Expert Media Reviews $5,084,012 38.4%
Advocate: Media Improvement for Children and Families $2,615,622 19.8%

Ratings History
Common Sense Media has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2014-12 06/01/2016 92.22 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 92.11 four stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 91.67 four stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 94.20 four stars
2011-12 11/01/2013 91.72 four 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 41-2024986
Name in IRS Master File COMMON SENSE MEDIA
NTEE Code A99
NTEE Classification Arts, Culture, and Humanities N.E.C.
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
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 July, 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, 2012
  • December, 2011

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
$413,120 2.56% James P. Steyer Chief Executive Officer
Other Salaries of Note
$366,370 2.27% Amy Guggenheim Shenkan President, COO

Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. We exist because our nation's children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, which profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development . As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, we provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Common Sense Media (CA) 92.22 four stars
Wikimedia Foundation (CA) 93.00 four stars
Commentary (NY) 86.69 three stars
Milkweed Editions (MN) 89.52 three stars
Moving Picture Institute (NY) 97.17 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Common Sense Media
650 Townsend Street
Suite 435
San Francisco, CA 94103
tel: (415) 863-0600
fax: (415) 863-0601
EIN: 41-2024986

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Board Leadership

William S. Price
Chair

CEO

James Steyer
Founder, CEO

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