The Commons Project Foundation

Imagine a digital world built with people at the center.

aka The Commons Project   |   New York, NY   |
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The Commons Project Foundation

EIN: 83-3933549


Our mission is to improve and transform lives by empowering people to access, manage, share and use their healthcare data to transform their lives. We do this by building technology platforms and services that empower individuals with their own data that is supported by open data standards that allows diverse systems to talk to each other and share information in real time.

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Zhenya Lindgardt

Executive Founder and President

Paul Meyer

Main address

745 Fifth Ave., 5th Floor

New York, NY 10151 USA

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Subject area info

Health care quality

Health care access

Patients' rights

Open data

Data management software

Population served info

Ethnic and racial groups

Economically disadvantaged people

People with disabilities

People with diseases and illnesses

Substance abusers

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NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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Our programs

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CommonHealth helps you collect and manage your personal health data and share it with the health services, organizations and apps you trust.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work


The Commons Project Foundation
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 The Commons Project Foundation
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.13 over 4 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.1 over 4 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 14% over 4 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The Commons Project Foundation

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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The Commons Project Foundation

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of The Commons Project Foundation’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$452,461 -$3,609,889 -$7,242,551 $3,740,832
As % of expenses -60.1% -61.9% -66.0% 56.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$452,461 -$3,964,826 -$8,519,637 $1,391,837
As % of expenses -60.1% -64.1% -69.6% 15.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $300,000 $2,225,000 $3,726,619 $12,798,174
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 641.7% 67.5% 243.4%
Program services revenue 0.0% 49.9% 96.6% 18.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 50.1% 3.4% 81.7%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $752,461 $5,834,889 $10,969,170 $6,581,115
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 675.4% 88.0% -40.0%
Personnel 26.0% 56.3% 46.1% 57.6%
Professional fees 67.2% 35.8% 30.9% 32.8%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0%
Interest 1.3% 5.1% 18.9% 4.9%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 5.5% 2.9% 4.0% 4.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $752,461 $6,189,826 $12,246,256 $8,930,110
One month of savings $62,705 $486,241 $914,098 $548,426
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $423,697 $4,292,704 $4,059,305 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,238,863 $10,968,771 $17,219,659 $9,478,536

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 4.0 1.3 0.9 2.0
Months of cash and investments 4.0 1.3 0.9 2.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -14.0 -18.1 -22.0 -32.0
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $248,490 $652,664 $822,793 $1,102,725
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $15,000 $19,924 $2,478,209
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $423,697 $4,716,401 $8,775,182 $9,964,538
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 7.5% 18.6% 39.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 166.7% 185.6% 259.0% 193.2%
Unrestricted net assets -$452,461 -$4,417,287 -$12,936,924 -$11,545,087
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $2,476,227
Total net assets -$452,461 -$4,417,287 -$12,936,924 -$9,068,860

Key data checks

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Zhenya Lindgardt

Zhenya has served as the CEO of the Commons Project Foundation since October 2021. Prior to joining the Commons Project, she was Vice President of Platform and Customer Engagement at Uber, where she focused on incubating and scaling early stage Uber businesses and standing up customer engagement programs across business units.

Executive Founder and President

Paul Meyer

Paul is Executive Founder and President of The Commons Project Foundation. After beginning his career working on Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign, Paul served as one of President Clinton’s speechwriters. He was the first Chief Operating Officer of Endeavor, and then joined the International Rescue Committee. Paul co-founded IPKO and the IPKO Foundation. He also co-founded and served as CEO of Voxiva.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 07/01/2024
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Board chair

Esther Dyson

Executive Founder, Wellville

Robert Wah

Jen Zhu Scott

Alexander Saint-Amand

Gabriela Kennedy

Howard Morgan

John Dutton

Zhenya Lindgardt

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/1/2024

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
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