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Common Cause Education Fund

CharityWatch report issued
June 2022

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

Common Cause Education Fund
805 15th Street
Suite 800
Washington , DC 20005

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

Nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy, with the goals of ensuring open, honest and accountable government; promoting equal rights, opportunity and representation for all; and empowering all people to make their voices heard as equals in the political process.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2021

Program Percentage: 86%

The percentage of Common Cause Education Fund's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $4

How many dollars Common Cause Education Fund 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
Common Cause Education Fund IRS Form 990 31-1705370
Common Cause & Affiliate Audited Consolidated Financial Statements multiple
Entity: Common Cause Education Fund
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 31-1705370
Entity: Common Cause & Affiliate
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: multiple

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Common Cause Education Fund
meets governance benchmarks.
Common Cause Education Fund
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
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  Name Title Compensation
1 Karen Hobert Flynn President $383,344
2 Lashanda Jackson VP, Development $264,368
3 Elizabeth Marchant CFO $242,111
Name: Karen Hobert Flynn
Title: President
Compensation: $383,344
Name: Lashanda Jackson
Title: VP, Development
Compensation: $264,368
Name: Elizabeth Marchant
Title: CFO
Compensation: $242,111

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 Common Cause Education Fund is for the 501(c)(3) public charity (tax ID #31-1705370). The rating does not include the financial activities of the related 501(c)(4) tax-exempt, social welfare entity, Common Cause (tax ID #52-6078441), for which CharityWatch issues a separate rating.

CharityWatch issues separate ratings for 501(c)(3) & 501(c)(4) organizations, even if their financial activities are included together in a 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."

According to the Common Cause & Affiliate consolidated audit of June 30, 2021 (Note 6, Note Payable):

"In May 2020, the Organization [Common Cause Education Fund] obtained a loan totaling $1,129,700 pursuant to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under...the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) of March 27, 2020. Proceeds from the loan may only be used for payroll costs, costs used to continue group healthcare benefits, mortgage payments, rent, utilities and interest on other debt obligations incurred after February 15, 2020. The Organization expected to use the entire proceeds of the loan for qualifying expenses as described in the CARES Act. The Organization elected to record the note payable related to the PPP loan in accordance with ASC [Accounting Standards Codification] Topic 470: Debt. The Organization received official notification of forgiveness from the Small Business Administration (SBA) on September 1, 2021. Therefore, the Organization wrote off the entire balance as a gain on forgiveness of note payable in September 2021, which will be reported in the [audited] consolidated financial statements during the year ended June 30, 2022."

According to the Common Cause & Affiliate consolidated audit of June 30, 2021 (Note 13, Commitments and Contingencies, Employment agreement):

"The Organization has an employment agreement with its President and Chief Executive Officer. Under the terms of the agreement, should the Organization terminate her employment without cause, the Organization would be obligated to pay severance."

According to the Common Cause & Affiliate consolidated audit of June 30, 2021 (Note 13, Commitments and Contingencies, COVID-19 Pandemic):

"On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a 'Public Health Emergency of International Concern' and, on March 11, 2020, declared it to be a pandemic. Actions taken around the world to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus include restrictions on travel, quarantines in certain areas and forced closures for certain types of public places and businesses. The coronavirus and actions taken to mitigate it have had and are expected to continue to have an adverse impact on the economies and financial markets of many countries, including the geographical area in which the Organization operates. It is unknown how long these conditions will last and what the complete financial affect will be to the Organization, to date [November 8, 2021], and it is reasonably possible that the Organization is vulnerable to the risk of a near-term impact."