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Common Counsel Foundation

Expanding philanthropic resources for progressive social movements

four stars

92.02

1624 Franklin Street #1022
Oakland, CA 94612
tel: (510) 834-2995   Web Site
EIN: 94-3214166

Board Leadership
Dnnis Quirin
Board Chair

CEO
Peggy Saika
Interim CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.02 four stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 03/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Common Counsel Foundation partners with families and individual donors to expand philanthropic resources for progressive social movements. Through our strategic philanthropic services, we prioritize support for community-based organizations building the leadership of low-income people, women, youth, people of color and others working for justice, equity, and a healthy, sustainable environment.

Common Counsel Foundation partners with families and individual donors to expand philanthropic resources for progressive social movements. Through our strategic philanthropic services, we prioritize support for community-based organizations building the leadership of low-income people, women, youth, people of color and others working for justice, equity, and a healthy, sustainable environment.

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Financial

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 03/01/2020 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)
93.6%
  Administrative Expenses 4.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.69
  Program Expenses Growth 36.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Common Counsel Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Common Counsel Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Common Counsel Foundation (CA) 92.02 four stars
Greater Washington Community Foundation (DC) 94.28 four stars
Essex County Community Foundation Incorporated (MA) 91.89 four stars
Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville (AL) 90.58 four stars
Princeton Area Community Foundation (NJ) 97.17 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $17,343,116
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $71,445
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $17,414,561
   Program Service Revenue $1,757,120
Total Primary Revenue $19,171,681
   Other Revenue $51,025
TOTAL REVENUE $19,222,706
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,906,268
   Administrative Expenses $325,765
   Fundraising Expenses $114,235
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,346,268
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $11,876,438
   
Net Assets $19,770,622

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
Strategic Grantmaking $3,904,623 56.5%
Fiscal Sponsorship $2,598,968 37.6%
Philanthropic Services $402,677 5.8%

Ratings History
Common Counsel Foundation has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 03/01/2020 92.02 four stars
2017-12 06/01/2019 91.41 four stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 85.93 three stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 81.81 three 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 94-3214166
Name in IRS Master File COMMON COUNSEL FOUNDATION
NTEE Code S50
NTEE Classification Nonprofit Management
NTEE Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
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, 1995
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
$134,223 1.82% Laura Livoti Former CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Common Counsel Foundation (CA) 92.02 four stars
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Inc. (VA) 95.23 four stars
Seattle Foundation (WA) 96.46 four stars
The Greater New Orleans Foundation (LA) 91.06 four stars
The Columbus Foundation (OH) 95.05 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Common Counsel Foundation
1624 Franklin Street
#1022
Oakland, CA 94612
tel: (510) 834-2995
fax: (510) 834-2998
EIN: 94-3214166

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Board Leadership

Dnnis Quirin
Board Chair

CEO

Peggy Saika
Interim CEO

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