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Electronic Frontier Foundation

CharityWatch report issued
September 2019

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

Electronic Frontier Foundation
815 Eddy Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

Other Names


Tax Status




Stated Mission

To champion user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development; works to ensure that rights & freedoms are enhanced & protected as use of technology grows.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2018

Program Percentage: 74%

The percentage of Electronic Frontier Foundation's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $13

How many dollars Electronic Frontier Foundation 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
Electronic Frontier Foundation IRS Form 990 04-3091431
Electronic Frontier Foundation Audited Financial Statements 04-3091431
Entity: Electronic Frontier Foundation
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 04-3091431
Entity: Electronic Frontier Foundation
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 04-3091431

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?
Electronic Frontier Foundation
meets governance benchmarks.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
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 Opt-In Policy  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Cindy Cohn Executive Director $272,644
2 Kurt Opsahl Deputy Executive Director $212,206
3 Corynne McSherry Legal Director $199,880
Name: Cindy Cohn
Title: Executive Director
Compensation: $272,644
Name: Kurt Opsahl
Title: Deputy Executive Director
Compensation: $212,206
Name: Corynne McSherry
Title: Legal Director
Compensation: $199,880

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