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CREATIVE COMMONS CORPORATION

VAN HOUWELING MOLLY

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA 94042-8817 | Tax-exempt since Aug. 2002
  • EIN: 04-3585301
  • Classification (NTEE)
    Libraries (Educational Institutions and Related Activities)
  • Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3)
    Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
  • Donations to this organization are tax deductible.
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Tax Filings by Year

The IRS Form 990 is an annual information return that most organizations claiming federal tax-exempt status must file yearly. Read the IRS instructions for 990 forms.

If this organization has filed an amended return, it may not be reflected in the data below. Duplicated download links may be due to resubmissions or amendments to an organization's original return.

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Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2019

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2019

PDF

990

Full Text

990 (filed on March 2, 2021)

Full Filing

Raw XML

990

Total Revenue

$3,267,812

Total Functional Expenses $4,211,547
Net income -$943,735
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $2,736,370 83.7%
Program services $223,089 6.8%
Investment income $95,503 2.9%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $212,850 6.5%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $606,450 14.4%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,460,754 34.7%
Other
Total Assets $5,607,538
Total Liabilities $245,229
Net Assets $5,362,309
Key Employees and Officers Compensation
DIANE PETERS (GENERAL COUNSEL) $195,734
CABLE GREEN (CEO/DIR OF OPEN EDUCATION) $169,466
KRITI GODEY (DIR OF ENGINEERING) $148,213
ERIC STEUER (CREATIVE DIRECTOR) $143,253
WHITNEY VALENTINE-WAFER (DIR OF FINANCE) $135,174
SARAH PEARSON (SENIOR COUNSEL) $132,234
JAMISE E VASS (DIR OF FUNDRAISING) $116,150
MOLLY VAN HOUWELING (CHAIR) $0
TOM RUBIN (VICE CHAIR (THRU 12/8/19)) $0
RUTH OKEDIJI (BOARD MEMBER) $0
BEN ADIDA (BOARD MEMBER) $0
RENATA AVILA (BOARD MEMBER) $0
JOHANTHAN NIGHTINGALE (BOARD MEMBER (THRU 12/8/19)) $0
LAWRENCE LESSIG (BOARD MEMBER EMERITIS) $0
CAROLINA BOTERO (BOARD MEMBER) $0
AMY BRAND (BOARD MEMBER) $0
DELIA BROWNE (BOARD MEMBER) $0
ALEXANDER MACGILLIVRAY (BOARD MEMBER) $0
BILAL RANDEREE (BOARD MEMBER) $0
ALEK TARKOWSKI (BOARD MEMBER) $0
RYAN MERKLEY (CEO (THRU 9/13/19)) $0
MARI MORESHEAD (ASSISTANT SECRETARY) $0
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2018

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2018

PDF

990

Full Text

990 (filed on Feb. 7, 2020)

Full Filing

Raw XML

990

Total Revenue

$2,006,658

Total Functional Expenses $4,137,424
Net income -$2,130,766
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $1,775,335 88.5%
Program services $70,498 3.5%
Investment income $160,825 8.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $577,278 14.0%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,134,113 27.4%
Other
Total Assets $6,699,274
Total Liabilities $394,298
Net Assets $6,304,976
Key Employees and Officers Compensation
DIANE PETERS (GENERAL COUNSEL) $191,613
CABLE GREEN (DIR. OF OPEN EDUCATION) $150,784
PAOLA VILLARREAL-RODRIGUEZ (DIR. OF ENGINEERING) $145,326
ERIC STEUER (CREATIVE DIRECTOR) $139,077
SARAH PEARSON (SENIOR COUNSEL) $129,275
TREVOR SEETHALER (DIR. OF FINANCE (THRU 11/1/18)) $124,550
JANE PARK (DIR. OF PRODUCT) $113,508
MOLLY VAN HOUWELING (CHAIR) $0
CHRISTOPHER THORNE (VICE CHAIR (THRU 12/9/18)) $0
PAUL BREST (BOARD MEMBER (THRU 12/9/18)) $0
RUTH OKEDIJI (BOARD MEMBER) $0
PAUL KELLER (BOARD MEMBER (THRU 12/9/18)) $0
TOM RUBIN (BOARD MEMBER) $0
JONGSOON YOON (BOARD MEMBER) $0
BEN ADIDA (BOARD MEMBER) $0
RENATA AVILA (BOARD MEMBER) $0
JOHANTHAN NIGHTINGALE (BOARD MEMBER) $0
KATE SPELMAN (BOARD MEMBER) $0
LAWRENCE LESSIG (BOARD MEMBER EMERITIS) $0
RYAN MERKLEY (CEO) $0
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2017

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2017

Full Text

990 (filed on Nov. 30, 2018)

Full Filing

Raw XML

990

Total Revenue

$1,639,408

Total Functional Expenses $3,600,414
Net income -$1,961,006
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $1,477,689 90.1%
Program services $11,668 0.7%
Investment income $133,858 8.2%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $16,841 1.0%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue -$648
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $979,355 27.2%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $441,842 12.3%
Other
Total Assets $8,958,034
Total Liabilities $321,328
Net Assets $8,636,706
Key Employees and Officers Compensation
DIANE PETERS (GENERAL COUNSEL) $164,253
CABLE GREEN (DIR. OF OPEN EDUCATION) $130,739
SARAH PEARSON (SENIOR COUNSEL) $120,871
ERIC STEUER (DIRECTOR OF CONTENT & COMMUNITY) $119,900
TREVOR SEETHALER (DIR. OF FINANCE) $118,708
JANE PARK (DIR. OF PRODUCT AND RESEARCH) $107,500
REBECCA LENDL (DIR. OF DEVELOPMENT) $106,400
MOLLY VAN HOUWELING (CHAIRMAN) $0
CHRISTOPHER THORNE (VICE CHAIRMAN) $0
PAUL BREST (BOARD MEMBER) $0
RUTH OKEDIJI (BOARD MEMBER) $0
PAUL KELLER (BOARD MEMBER) $0
TOM RUBIN (BOARD MEMBER) $0
JONGSOO YOON (BOARD MEMBER) $0
BEN ADIDA (BOARD MEMBER) $0
RENATA AVILA (BOARD MEMBER) $0
JOHNATHAN NIGHTINGALE (BOARD MEMBER) $0
KATE SPELMAN (BOARD MEMBER) $0
LAWRENCE LESSIG (BOARD MEMBER EMERTIS) $0
RYAN MERKLEY (CEO) $0
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2016

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2016

PDF

990

Full Text

990 (filed on Jan. 4, 2018)

Full Filing

Raw XML

990

Total Revenue

$12,563,767

Total Functional Expenses $3,342,546
Net income $9,221,221
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $12,564,987 > 100%
Program services $0
Investment income $101 0.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue -$1,321
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $1,008,269 30.2%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $213,597 6.4%
Other
Total Assets $10,820,243
Total Liabilities $283,416
Net Assets $10,536,827
Key Employees and Officers Compensation
DIANE PETERS (GENERAL COUNSEL) $182,460
CABLE GREEN (DIR. OF OPEN EDUCATION) $143,608
TREVOR SEETHALER (DIR. OF FINANCE) $128,100
SARAH PEARSON (SENIOR COUNSEL) $125,704
ERIC STEUER (DIRECTOR OF CONTENT & COMMUNITY) $123,750
MOLLY VAN HOUWELING (CHAIRMAN) $0
CHRISTOPHER THORNE (VICE CHAIRMAN) $0
PAUL BREST (BOARD MEMBER) $0
RUTH OKEDIJI (BOARD MEMBER) $0
PAUL KELLER (BOARD MEMBER) $0
TOM RUBIN (BOARD MEMBER) $0
JONGSOO YOON (BOARD MEMBER) $0
BEN ADIDA (BOARD MEMBER) $0
RENATA AVILA (BOARD MEMBER) $0
CHRISTOPHER SPRIGMAN (BOARD MEMBER) $0
KATHERINE SPELMAN (BOARD MEMBER) $0
JOHNATHAN NIGHTINGALE (BOARD MEMBER) $0
RYAN MERKLEY (CEO) $0
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2015

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2015

PDF

990

Full Text

990 (filed on April 4, 2017)

Full Filing

Raw XML

990

Total Revenue

$1,702,944

Total Functional Expenses $2,746,464
Net income -$1,043,520
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $1,706,083 > 100%
Program services $0
Investment income $313 0.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $222 0.0%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue -$3,674
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $704,052 25.6%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $499,275 18.2%
Other
Total Assets $1,562,336
Total Liabilities $248,959
Net Assets $1,313,377
Key Employees and Officers Compensation
DIANE PETERS (GENERAL COUNSEL) $175,509
CABLE GREEN (DIR. OF OPEN EDUCATION) $137,352
TREVOR SEETHALER (DIR. OF FINANCE) $122,000
SARAH PEARSON (SENIOR COUNSEL) $119,704
PAUL BREST (CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD) $0
CHRISTOPHER THORNE (VICE CHAIRMAN) $0
DOROTHY GORDON (BOARD MEMBER) $0
PAUL KELLER (BOARD MEMBER) $0
TOM RUBIN (BOARD MEMBER) $0
JONGSOO YOON (BOARD MEMBER) $0
BEN ADIDA (BOARD MEMBER) $0
RENATA AVILA (BOARD MEMBER) $0
CHRISTOPHER SPRIGMAN (BOARD MEMBER) $0
KATHERINE SPELMAN (BOARD MEMBER) $0
JOHNATHAN NIGHTINGALE (BOARD MEMBER) $0
LAWRENCE LESSIG (BOARD MEMBER EMERTIS) $0
LAURIE RACINE (BOARD MEMBER (THRU 12/6/2015)) $0
HAL ABELSON (BOARD MEMBER (THRU 12/6/2015)) $0
ERIC SALTZMAN (BOARD MEMBER (THRU 12/6/2015)) $0
MOLLY VAN HOUWELING (BOARD MEMBER (THRU 12/6/2015)) $0
MICHAEL CARROLL (BOARD MEMBER (THRU 12/6/2015)) $0
ESTHER WOJCIKI (VICE CHAIRMAN (THRU 12/6/2015)) $0
RYAN MERKLEY (CEO) $0
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2014

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2014

PDF

990
IRS Filing

Full Text

990 (filed on Jan. 12, 2016)

Full Filing

Raw XML

990

Total Revenue

$2,915,456

Total Functional Expenses $4,492,360
Net income -$1,576,904
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $2,912,901 99.9%
Program services $0
Investment income $87 0.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $2,468 0.1%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $368,859 8.2%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,433,494 31.9%
Other
Total Assets $2,664,337
Total Liabilities $276,983
Net Assets $2,387,354
Key Employees and Officers Compensation
DIANE PETERS (GENERAL COUNSEL) $175,560
CABLE GREEN (PROGRAM DIRECTOR) $146,338
RYAN MERKLEY (CEO) $132,114
SCOTT SEETHALER (DIR OF FINANCE) $122,000
SARAH PEARSON (LEGAL COUNSEL) $120,000
KAT WALSH (LEGAL COUNSEL) $112,515
CATHERINE CASSERLY (FORMER CEO) $89,357
PAUL BREST (Chairman) $0
ESTHER WOJCICKI (VICE CHAIR) $0
HAL ABELSON (Director) $0
BEN ADIDA (Director) $0
RENATA AVILA (Director) $0
MICHAEL CARROLL (Director) $0
DOROTHY GORDON (Director) $0
PAUL KELLER (Director) $0
LAURIE RACINE (Director) $0
THOMAS RUBIN (Director) $0
ERIC SALTZMAN (Director) $0
CHRIS SPRIGMAN (Director) $0
CHRISTOPHER THORNE (Director) $0
MOLLY VAN HOUWELING (Director) $0
JONGSOO YOON (Director) $0
LAWRENCE LESSIG (EMERITUS) $0
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2013

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2013

PDF

990
IRS Filing

Full Text

990 (filed on Nov. 25, 2014)

Full Filing

Raw XML

990

Total Revenue

$4,238,850

Total Functional Expenses $5,927,968
Net income -$1,689,118
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $4,232,527 99.9%
Program services $0
Investment income $63 0.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $6,260 0.1%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $385,938 6.5%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,923,949 32.5%
Other
Total Assets $4,628,846
Total Liabilities $620,693
Net Assets $4,008,153
Key Employees and Officers Compensation
CATHERINE CASSERLY (CEO) $325,000
DAN MILLS (TECH OFFICER) $187,121
DIANE PETERS (GENERAL COUNSEL) $175,560
CABLE GREEN (PROGRAM DIR) $148,792
SARAH PEARSON (LEGAL COUNSEL) $122,395
KAT WALSH (LEGAL COUNSEL) $111,489
PAUL BREST (Chairman) $0
ESTHER WOJCICKI (VICE CHAIR) $0
HAL ABELSON (Director) $0
BEN ADIDA (Director) $0
RENATA AVILA (Director) $0
MICHAEL CARROLL (Director) $0
DOROTHY GORDON (Director) $0
PAUL KELLER (Director) $0
LAURIE RACINE (Director) $0
THOMAS RUBIN (Director) $0
ERIC SALTZMAN (Director) $0
CHRIS SPRIGMAN (Director) $0
CHRISTOPHER THORNE (Director) $0
MOLLY VAN HOUWELING (Director) $0
JONGSOO YOON (Director) $0
LAWRENCE LESSIG (EMERITUS) $0
DIANE CABELL (CORP SECRETARY) $0
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2012

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2012

PDF

990
IRS Filing

Raw XML

990

Total Revenue

$1,128,968

Total Functional Expenses $4,961,407
Net income -$3,832,439
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $1,075,644 95.3%
Program services $21,081 1.9%
Investment income $31 0.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $32,212 2.9%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $408,074 8.2%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,834,515 37.0%
Other
Total Assets $6,058,282
Total Liabilities $361,668
Net Assets $5,696,614
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2011

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2011

PDF

990

Raw XML

990

Total Revenue

$9,846,493

Total Functional Expenses $5,793,074
Net income $4,053,419
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $9,742,864 98.9%
Program services $21,081 0.2%
Investment income $0
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $82,548 0.8%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $760,542 13.1%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,401,091 24.2%
Other
Total Assets $10,419,288
Total Liabilities $891,292
Net Assets $9,527,996
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2010

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2010

PDF

990

Raw XML

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2009

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2009

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2008

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2008

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2007

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2007

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2005

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2005

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2004

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2004

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2003

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2003

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2002

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2002

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2001

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2001

PDF

990-EZ

Form 990 documents available

Extracted financial data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

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