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History of Common Cause Education Fund

Founded in 2000, the Common Cause Education Fund uses research and public education to change attitudes and reshape the conversations around democracy to create a system that truly works for all Americans


At the turn of the new millennium, Common Cause leadership recognized that a toxic political climate and deeply broken campaign finance system had left our our public institutions vulnerable to undue and outsize influence from special interests. Confronting this new reality would require additional strategies. That’s when Common Cause Education Fund was established as a 501(c)3 organization able to focus philanthropic resources on public education and research.

Common Cause Education Fund focuses on curbing that influence and bringing balance to our political system through reports, public outreach, educational programming, and coalition building work. We increase understanding of how our government actually works, empower citizens to hold their representatives accountable, and to promote broad and effective citizen engagement at federal, state, and local levels.

Learn more about our issue areas and the work we do to secure a 21st century democracy, and support our work with a tax-deductible gift!

Common Cause Education Fund proudly holds a four-star rating (the highest possible) from Charity Navigator.

Common Cause Education Fund is rated a four-star charity by Charity Navigator.

Common Cause Education Fund is rated a four-star charity by Charity Navigator.