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Common Cause Education Fund

Public education and research to win reform at all levels of government

90.58

805 Fifteenth Street, NW Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 833-1200   Web Site
EIN: 31-1705370

Board Leadership
Robert Reich
Chair

CEO
Miles Rapoport
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.58
  Financial 92.50
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00
This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

92.50

Accountability & Transparency

89.00

This rating was published 06/01/2016 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)
88.0%
  Administrative Expenses 6.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.37
  Program Expenses Growth 19.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 18.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Common Cause Education Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Common Cause Education Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Common Cause Education Fund (DC) 90.58
Every Voice Center (DC) 92.06
Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation (DC) 91.73
Project Vote Smart (MT) 92.99
Better Government Association (IL) 95.36

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Founded in 2000, Common Cause Education Fund (CCEF) is the public education and research affiliate of Common Cause, a nonpartisan lobbying organization. Together, Common Cause and CCEF programs serve the organization's overall mission to strengthen public participation and faith in our institutions of self-government; ensure that government and the political process serve the general interest, rather than special interests; curb the excessive influence of money on government decisions and elections; promote fair and honest elections and high ethical standards for government officials; and protect the civil rights and civil liberties of all Americans.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,525,727
   Federated Campaigns $5,000
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $452,360
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $6,983,087
   Program Service Revenue $27,597
Total Primary Revenue $7,010,684
   Other Revenue $52,110
TOTAL REVENUE $7,062,794
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,266,942
   Administrative Expenses $473,209
   Fundraising Expenses $372,383
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,112,534
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-49,740
   
Net Assets $2,180,394

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
Voting and Elections $2,503,721 40.0%
Money and Politics $2,091,670 33.4%
Ethics, Transparency, and Accountability in Government $1,351,993 21.6%
Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-06 06/01/2016 90.58
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 08/01/2015 87.78
2013-06 05/01/2014 91.71
2012-06 07/01/2013 89.78
2011-06 05/01/2012 93.76
2010-06 09/20/2011 81.13
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/01/2010 84.91
2008-06 09/01/2009 95.26
2007-06 10/01/2008 96.05
2006-06 05/01/2007 96.38
2004-12 07/01/2006 86.63

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 31-1705370
Name in IRS Master File COMMON CAUSE EDUCATION FUND
NTEE Code W20
NTEE Classification Government and Public Administration
NTEE Type Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other
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, 2000
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012
  • June, 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 Compensation from Affiliates
$224,889 3.16% Miles Rapoport President and CEO $38,653

Founded in 2000, Common Cause Education Fund (CCEF) is the public education and research affiliate of Common Cause, a nonpartisan lobbying organization. Together, Common Cause and CCEF programs serve the organization's overall mission to strengthen public participation and faith in our institutions of self-government; ensure that government and the political process serve the general interest, rather than special interests; curb the excessive influence of money on government decisions and elections; promote fair and honest elections and high ethical standards for government officials; and protect the civil rights and civil liberties of all Americans.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Common Cause Education Fund (DC) 90.58
Democracy North Carolina (NC) 91.45
Better Government Association (IL) 95.36
Every Voice Center (DC) 92.06
Government Accountability Project (DC) 86.20

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Charity Contact Info

Common Cause Education Fund
805 Fifteenth Street, NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 833-1200
EIN: 31-1705370

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Board Leadership

Robert Reich
Chair

CEO

Miles Rapoport
President

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