Foundation Supporters


Anschutz Family Foundation focuses on social and cultural organizations that work in areas larger than local communities. It also supports media projects and projects that support the underprivileged, public policy, and traditional family values. The Anschutz Family Foundation provides Common Sense with general operating support.


The California Endowment is dedicated to expanding access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promoting fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. Through this partnership, Common Sense receives a planning grant to research and evaluate the current best practices in digital advocacy, and to use the findings to create a comprehensive plan that outlines options for the development of a next-generation digital advocacy platform that can be used to advance community health priorities in California and across the nation.


California Healthcare Foundation supports affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities and promotes fundamental improvements in the health status of the people of California. Common Sense's partnership with the California Healthcare Foundation supports the implementation of our Parent Media Education Program in California.


Joseph Drown Foundation assists individuals to become successful, self-sustaining, and contributing citizens through strong support of education, personal health, community, and social services. Common Sense's partnership with the Drown Foundation supports our Digital Literacy and Citizenship Program in the Los Angeles area.


Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organizations working on the frontlines of social change worldwide. The foundation focuses on nine issues: human rights; democratic and accountable government; educational opportunity and scholarship; economic fairness; metropolitan opportunity; sustainable development; freedom of expression; sexuality and reproductive health and rights; and social justice philanthropy. Common Sense's partnership with Ford has supported the development of:

  • Common Sense’s web platform
  • new educational offerings around digital literacy and citizenship
  • a multi-pronged marketing campaign around the film Waiting for Superman
  • strategic national policy leadership through our Washington DC office

Our partnership with the Ford Foundation as also helped us expand our distribution partnerships with key leaders in the cable, satellite, broadcast, and telecom sectors.


William and Flora Hewlett Foundation focuses on global development, the environment, performing arts, education, population studies, community development, and philanthropy. Common Sense's partnership with the Hewlett Foundation supports the development, pilot, and launch of our Middle School Digital Citizenship Curriculum and the promotion of that curriculum as an Open Education Resource.


The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In 2006, MacArthur launched its five-year, $50-million digital media and learning initiative to help determine how digital technologies are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life.  Common Sense has been a grantee and contributor to the MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Network since 2007. Our partnership and grants from the MacArthur Foundation support:

  • research and development of content that educates and engages parents and teachers about the ever-evolving digital lives of youth;
  • development of a Middle School Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum that is distributed in schools and afterschool programs and through our broad network of distribution partners;
  • translation and dissemination of research from the MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Initiative to a mass consumer audience; and
  • public engagement efforts with parents, educators, industry, and government stakeholders, to promote a robust national dialogue about the possibilities and barriers to harnessing the positive potential of digital media for learning

Robert R. McCormick Foundation aims to improve social and economic environments, encourage a free and responsible discussion of issues affecting the nation, enhance the effectiveness of American education, and stimulate responsible citizenship within the Chicago metropolitan region. Common Sense's partnership with McCormick supports the planning and demonstration site program grant for the Digital Literacy and Citizenship Program in selected Chicago schools and communities.


James and Rebecca Morgan Family Foundation focuses its giving on youth, education, the environment, and stewardship. The majority of funding is in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. The Morgan Family Foundation provides support for the development and implementation of Common Sense's Digital Literacy and Citizenship Program in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Sacramento.


Omidyar Network identifies and invests in likeminded organizations to support, help scale, and collaborate with to help realize their full potential. Omidyar has been a critical and long term supporter of Common Sense. Their funding has been instrumental in building our consumer information platform and poising us for success in new areas.


Sand Hill Foundation provides funding for promising and proven nonprofit organizations working to strengthen families and preserve the national environment, with a primary focus in San Mateo and Northern Santa Clara counties. Common Sense's partnership with Sand Hill Foundation provides support for the development and implementation of our Digital Literacy and Citizenship Program in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.


SCE is a social investment organization that connects talent and innovation with market forces to drive social change. SCE has generously funded Common Sense to create an innovative education ratings system that assesses the educational potential of digital media products.


The Sherwood Foundation is committed to improving child and family welfare through community investments in public education, human services, and social justice. The Sherwood foundation supports the development of Common Sense's Middle School Digital Citizenship Curriculum, as well as its implementation and evaluation in Omaha schools and other informal learning environments.


W.E. Simon Foundation funds programs that promote independence and responsibility. Common Sense's partnership with W.E. Simon supports the implementation and evaluation of the Digital Literacy and Citizenship Program in the South Bronx.


Stuart Family Foundation was established in 1985 in Illinois to provide support to religious, charitable and educational organizations. The Stuart Family Foundation supports Common Sense's policy efforts in Washington DC and around the nation.


Symantec Foundation supports education, with a special emphasis on programs that promote math, science, technology, and engineering education, incorporate technology in teaching, and engage minorities and women in the technological sciences. Common Sense's partnership with Symantec supports the expansion of the Digital Literacy and Citizenship in schools across the nation, research for global expansion, and the creation of new educational materials on piracy and copyright issues.


Understood helps the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues. Understood wants to empower them to understand their children’s issues and relate to their experiences. With this knowledge, parents can make effective choices that propel their children from simply coping to truly thriving. Common Sense's partnership with Understood supports the development of our special needs and learning difficulties content and resources.


Verizon Foundation supports programs to improve lives in literacy, knowledge, and readiness for the 21st century. Special emphasis is on programs designed to promote education, literacy, domestic violence prevention, healthcare, and Internet safety. Common Sense's partnership with the Verizon Foundation:

  • supports the deployment of consumer and educational program content on the Thinkfinity and Verizon Parental Controls Centers websites
  • develops new resources for the Parent Media and Technology Education Programs
  • supports the ongoing development of the Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum