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Common Cause Education Fund

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

four stars

95.07

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

Board Leadership
Robert Reich
Chair

CEO
Karen Hobert Flynn
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.07 four stars
  Financial 94.30 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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.

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.

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Financial

four stars

94.30

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 05/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
85.3%
  Administrative Expenses 7.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.59
  Program Expenses Growth 5.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.7%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Common Cause Education Fund (DC) 95.07 four stars
Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation (DC) 85.56 three stars
Project On Government Oversight (DC) 92.76 four stars
The Campaign Legal Center (DC) 90.55 four stars
Goldwater Institute (AZ) 87.22 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,157,336
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $7,157,336
   Program Service Revenue $77,262
Total Primary Revenue $7,234,598
   Other Revenue $67,903
TOTAL REVENUE $7,302,501
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,495,482
   Administrative Expenses $787,507
   Fundraising Expenses $479,897
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,762,886
   
Payments to Affiliates $121,738
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $539,615
   
Net Assets $4,206,176

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
Money and Politics $1,956,128 35.6%
Voting and Elections $1,856,212 33.8%
Ethics, Transparency, and Accountability in Government $1,367,624 24.9%

Ratings History
Common Cause Education Fund has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 05/01/2018 95.07 four stars
2016-06 06/01/2017 96.66 four stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 90.58 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 08/01/2015 87.78 three stars
2013-06 05/01/2014 91.71 four stars
2012-06 07/01/2013 89.78 three stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 93.76 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 81.13 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/01/2010 84.91 three stars
2008-06 09/01/2009 95.26 four stars
2007-06 10/01/2008 96.05 four stars
2006-06 05/01/2007 96.38 four stars
2004-12 07/01/2006 86.63 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 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, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013

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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
$120,696 1.78% Karen Hobert Flynn President $120,696
Other Salaries of Note
$168,750 2.49% Miles Rapoport Former President and CEO $168,750

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Common Cause Education Fund (DC) 95.07 four stars
Public Citizen Foundation (DC) 85.95 three stars
Medicare Rights Center (NY) 91.45 four stars
Center for Responsive Politics (DC) 97.10 four stars
The Campaign Legal Center (DC) 90.55 four stars

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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

Karen Hobert Flynn
President

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