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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Common Cause Education Fund

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

96.51

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

Board Leadership
Martha Tierney
Chair

CEO
Karen Hobert Flynn
President

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.51
  Financial 97.12
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 08/03/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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.

Financial

97.12

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 08/03/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
83.7%
  Administrative Expenses 9.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.13
  Program Expenses Growth 14.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 18.3%
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) 96.51
Campaign Legal Center (DC) 93.00
Taxpayers for Common Sense (DC) 89.87
Center for Responsive Politics (DC) 91.57
Medicare Rights Center (NY) 89.39

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $12,502,451
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $126,340
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $12,628,791
   Program Service Revenue $50,514
Total Primary Revenue $12,679,305
   Other Revenue $-49,036
TOTAL REVENUE $12,630,269
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $8,236,245
   Administrative Expenses $1,013,922
   Fundraising Expenses $705,683
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $9,955,850
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,674,419
   
Net Assets $9,590,529

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
Redistricting and Representation $3,228,256 39.2%
Voting and Elections $2,956,869 35.9%
Money in Politics and Ethics $2,051,120 24.9%

Ratings History
Common Cause Education Fund has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-06 08/03/2021 96.51
2019-06 03/01/2020 91.31
2018-06 05/01/2019 93.96
2017-06 05/01/2018 95.07
2016-06 06/01/2017 96.66
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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
$242,969 2.44% Karen Hobert Flynn President, CEO $85,367

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Common Cause Education Fund (DC) 96.51
Project On Government Oversight (DC) 97.12
Project Vote Smart (IA) 88.12
Center for Responsive Politics (DC) 91.57
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (DC) 85.44

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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

Martha Tierney
Chair

CEO

Karen Hobert Flynn
President

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