As a donor and/or volunteer, you are vital to our mission. We share information about our finances, so you can feel confident about your investment in our work. Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s (CCL) commitment to transparency is reflected by its Platinum Seal of Transparency with Candid (formally known as GuideStar), and by the public accessibility of its form 990s (see below). While CCL is a 501(c)(4) organization and therefore unable to receive a rating on Charity Navigator, CCL’s 501(c)(3) sister organization, Citizens’ Climate Education (CCE) has received the highest Finance & Accountability rating possible.
CCL is primarily supported by individual donors and foundations. While the precise breakdown varies year-to-year, in the last two years 65% of support has come from individual donors, 32% from foundations and 3% from conference revenue.
It is our policy to decline all donations from fossil fuel companies.
CCL has a 2022 budget of $1,376,000. Primary expenses include conferences and events, physical offices in Washington, D.C., marketing materials and campaigns, as well as salary costs associated with lobbying.
In a typical year, 80-85% of our total budget is spent on program costs. Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, all in-person programming has shifted to significantly less expensive virtual platforms, while administrative and fundraising costs have remained the same. In 2020, 76% of the total budget was spent on program costs, while administrative costs made up 14%, and fundraising accounted for 10%.
CCE’s budget is substantially higher in comparison. CCE provides training, tools, and other educational resources to help empower volunteers to become effective climate advocates. Financial information for Citizens’ Climate Education can be found here.
501(c)(4) Tax Exempt Letter
The Citizens’ Climate Annual Report highlights the work of sister organizations, Citizens’ Climate Education (CCE) and Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL). Detailing CCE’s volunteer accomplishments and CCL’s legislative victories, this report provides a yearly snapshot of how we are advancing effective, bipartisan climate solutions.
For more information, please contact our Development Team.