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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Defending freedom in the digital world

96.18

815 Eddy Street San Francisco, CA 94109
tel: (415) 436-9333   Web Site
EIN: 04-3091431

Board Leadership
Brian Behlendorf
Chairman

CEO
Cindy Cohn
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.18
  Financial 94.61
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 11/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

94.61

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 11/01/2016 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)
74.9%
  Administrative Expenses 11.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.72
  Program Expenses Growth 25.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Electronic Frontier Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Electronic Frontier Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Electronic Frontier Foundation (CA) 96.18
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (NY) 94.39
Community Catalyst (MA) 94.07
Compassion & Choices (CO) 95.67
Justice at Stake (DC) 89.21

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When freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990 - well before the Internet was on most people's radar - and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights. EFF fights for freedom primarily in the courts, bringing and defending lawsuits even when that means taking on the U.S. government or large corporations. By mobilizing more than 50,000 concerned citizens through our Action Center, EFF beats back bad legislation. In addition to advising policymakers, EFF educates the press and public.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $13,749,461
   Federated Campaigns $93,130
   Membership Dues $2,176,873
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $16,019,464
   Program Service Revenue $95,306
Total Primary Revenue $16,114,770
   Other Revenue $1,017,715
TOTAL REVENUE $17,132,485
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,916,288
   Administrative Expenses $1,208,282
   Fundraising Expenses $1,120,915
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $9,245,485
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $7,887,000
   
Net Assets $29,845,866

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.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-06 11/01/2016 96.18
2014-06 08/01/2016 96.30
2014-06 06/01/2016 95.34
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 95.38
2013-06 12/01/2014 96.60
2012-06 10/01/2013 93.90
2011-06 09/01/2012 85.42
2010-06 11/01/2011 86.48
2008-12 09/20/2011 94.78
 
CN 1.0
2008-12 06/01/2010 97.69
2007-12 05/01/2009 98.08
2006-12 03/01/2008 92.96
2005-12 02/01/2007 95.67
2004-12 05/01/2006 95.42
2003-12 04/01/2005 90.60
2002-12 02/01/2004 92.79

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

EIN 04-3091431
Name in IRS Master File ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION INC
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (430) Defense of human and civil rights
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, 1990
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
$210,475 2.27% Cindy Cohn Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$226,509 2.44% Shari Steele Former Executive Director

When freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990 - well before the Internet was on most people's radar - and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights. EFF fights for freedom primarily in the courts, bringing and defending lawsuits even when that means taking on the U.S. government or large corporations. By mobilizing more than 50,000 concerned citizens through our Action Center, EFF beats back bad legislation. In addition to advising policymakers, EFF educates the press and public.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Electronic Frontier Foundation (CA) 96.18
National Urban League (NY) 88.82
Asian Americans Advancing Justice (DC) 86.84
Texas Civil Rights Project (TX) 85.65
State Voices (DC) 92.02

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Charity Contact Info

Electronic Frontier Foundation
815 Eddy Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
tel: (415) 436-9333
fax: (415) 436-9993
EIN: 04-3091431

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Board Leadership

Brian Behlendorf
Chairman

CEO

Cindy Cohn
Executive Director

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