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Common Dreams

Inform, inspire, and ignite change for the common good

one star

65.17

P.O. Box 443 Portland, ME 04112
tel: (207) 775-0488   Web Site
EIN: 20-3368194

Board Leadership
Kimberly Monaghan
Chair

CEO
Craig S. Brown
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 65.17 one star
  Financial 95.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 51.00 zero star
This rating was published 07/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Common Dreams' mission is to inform, to inspire, and to ignite change for the common good. We are a non-profit independent newscenter created in 1997 as a new media model. By relying on our readers and tens of thousands of small donations to keep us moving forward—with no advertising, corporate underwriting or government funding—Common Dreams maintains an editorial independence our readers can count on. We work diligently to uncover and publish honest, independent news and information that you can rely on, publishing a diverse mix of breaking news, insightful views, videos and press releases covering issues that resonate with progressives in every corner of the globe.

Common Dreams' mission is to inform, to inspire, and to ignite change for the common good. We are a non-profit independent newscenter created in 1997 as a new media model. By relying on our readers and tens of thousands of small donations to keep us moving forward—with no advertising, corporate underwriting or government funding—Common Dreams maintains an editorial independence our readers can count on. We work diligently to uncover and publish honest, independent news and information that you can rely on, publishing a diverse mix of breaking news, insightful views, videos and press releases covering issues that resonate with progressives in every corner of the globe.

Financial

four stars

95.00

Accountability & Transparency

zero star

51.00

This rating was published 07/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
83.0%
  Administrative Expenses 6.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.37
  Program Expenses Growth 11.3%
  Liabilities to Assets < 0.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Common Dreams on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Common Dreams on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,568,867
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,568,867
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,568,867
   Other Revenue $274
TOTAL REVENUE $1,569,141
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,194,742
   Administrative Expenses $95,413
   Fundraising Expenses $168,765
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,458,920
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $110,221
   
Net Assets $455,428

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
2019-12 07/01/2021 65.17 one star
2018-12 04/01/2020 70.79 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 20-3368194
Name in IRS Master File COMMON DREAMS INC
NTEE Code V99
NTEE Classification Social Science Research Institutes, Services N.E.C.
NTEE Type Social Science Research Institutes, Services
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 June, 2007
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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$175,000 11.99% Craig S. Brown Executive Director

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Common Dreams (ME) 65.17 one star
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Charity Contact Info

Common Dreams
P.O. Box 443
Portland, ME 04112
tel: (207) 775-0488
EIN: 20-3368194

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Board Leadership

Kimberly Monaghan
Chair

CEO

Craig S. Brown
Executive Director

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