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Center for Community Change Action

CharityWatch report issued
September 2021

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Center for Community Change Action
1536 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

Other Names

Community Change Action

Tax Status


Stated Mission

Builds the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to change the policies and institutions that impact their lives.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 09/30/2020

Program Percentage: 93%

The percentage of Center for Community Change Action's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $2

How many dollars Center for Community Change Action spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Community Change Action IRS Form 990 27-0061100
Center for Community Change Action Audited Financial Statements 27-0061100
Entity: Community Change Action
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 27-0061100
Entity: Center for Community Change Action
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 27-0061100

Governance & Transparency

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Center for Community Change Action
meets governance benchmarks.
Center for Community Change Action
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy

Unable to Provide Salaries

CharityWatch is unable to provide a range of Top Three Salaries for this charity for the above fiscal reporting year because we lack complete salary data for the organization. Except for officers, directors, and trustees, the IRS does not require breakouts of salaries totaling less than $100,000.

For example, XYZ charity would be required to provide a breakout in its tax form of compensation to its president of $55,000, but would not be required to provide a breakout of $99,000 in compensation to its top medical researcher if that person is not also an officer, director, or trustee of the organization.

This charity reports that compensation to its officers, directors, and trustees is under $100,000 per individual. Donors who would like to view limited salary data for this organization should refer to its tax form, which may be available on the charity's web site or from a number of third-party sources. See CharityWatch's Links page for information on obtaining copies of charity tax forms.

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

CharityWatch's rating of Center for Community Change Action is for the 501(c)(4) tax-exempt, social welfare organization (tax ID #27-0061100).

CharityWatch provides a separate rating for Center for Community Changethe related 501(c)(3) public charity entity (tax ID #52-0888113).

CharityWatch separates the ratings for 501(c)(3) & 501(c)(4) organizations, even when their financial activities are included together in a combined or consolidated audit, due to their differing treatments under the IRS tax code. For more information on this topic, please see our sections on Types of Non-Profits, Tax Status, and Treatment of Related Organizations, which can be found on the Our Process page. For more information about things to consider when donating to organizations that have related public charity and social welfare entities, read "Sorting Out Nonprofit Pairs" in the Articles & Alerts section, below.

According to the Center for Community Change Action (CCCA) audit of September 30, 2020 (Note 6, Related Parties):

"The Center for Community Change (CCC) is a related, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, whose purpose is to help low-income people, especially low-income people of color, develop the power and capacity to improve their communities and change policies and institutions that affect their lives.

"CCCA and CCC share office space and an Executive Director; however, the criteria for financial combination (significant influence/control and economic interest) have not been met; therefore, the financial activities of the organizations are not combined [in the audited financial statements].

"CCCA reimburses CCC for salaries [and] other administrative costs... CCC reimburses CCCA for program expenses paid on CCC's behalf, and leases office space from CCCA."


"During the years ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, CCCA granted CCC $100,000 and [$]0, respectively. CCC did not make any grants to CCCA..."


"During the year ended September 30, 2016, CCCA assisted in the creation of four (4) SuperPAC entities. As CCCA does not control (or exercise significant influence over) these entities, the financial transactions are not combined with those of CCCA [in the audited financial statements]. During the years ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, $240,000 and $1,045,500 was transferred to the SuperPAC entities (for political expenditures to be incurred by these entities), respectively."

According to the Center for Community Change Action (CCCA) audit of September 30, 2020 (Note 1 re: Economic uncertainties):

"On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a global pandemic. As a result of the spread of COVID-19, economic uncertainties have arisen which may negatively impact CCCA's operations. The overall potential impact is unknown at this time."