When it began in 2007, the great majority of Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s (CCL) funding was provided by founder Marshall Saunders, who has continued to provide an average of approximately 70% of the organization’s revenue. The other critical stream of CCL support comes from generous monthly donors, who give an average of $360 per year and who have helped place the organization on a broader financial footing.
In keeping with its nonpartisan commitments, CCL will not accept donations from individuals engaged in intensely partisan actions on either side of the political aisle—and has, in fact, respectfully declined donations from such figures in the past. Any exception would have to be matched by an equal donation from a partnered citizen on the other side of the political spectrum, consistent with CCL’s view that concern for the climate should know no partisan boundaries.
Guidestar Gold Status
CCL’s commitment to transparency is reflected by its Guidestar Gold status, and by the public accessibility of its form 990s (below). (Note: Recognition from Charity Navigator requires a longer record of full-form 990s than CCL, which filed using form 990EZ for its first several years, yet possesses; we will be able to apply for Charity Navigator review in 2019).
The volunteer-driven 501(c)(4) CCL has an annual budget of approximately $500,000. The budget of its sister 501(c)(3) training and empowerment organization, Citizens’ Climate Education, is substantially higher. Financial details for Citizens’ Climate Education can be found on the About page of its organizational website.
Administrative costs for CCL are a low 9% of expenses, with fundraising accounting for an additional 7%.
Development Director Lynate Pettengill: gro.e1521630732tamil1521630732csnez1521630732itic@1521630732etany1521630732l1521630732