Financials and Annual Report


Funding for Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is provided by individual donors (approximately 63%), foundations (approximately 33%), and revenue from conferences (approximately 4%).

It is our policy to decline all donations from fossil fuel companies.

CCL Budget

The volunteer-driven 501(c)(4) CCL has a 2020 annual budget of approximately $916,000. Our primary expenses include two annual conferences and a congressional briefings series in Washington, D.C., a physical office in D.C. and associated overhead costs, marketing materials and campaigns, and salary for two directors of governmental affairs, who complement the efforts of CCL volunteers through a year-round presence on Capitol Hill.

CCL administrative costs remain low and make up only 13% of the total budget, with fundraising accounting for an additional 1%.

The budget of CCL’s 501(c)(3) sister organization, Citizens’ Climate Education (CCE), is substantially higher. CCE provides key training, tools, and other educational resources to help empower volunteers to become effective climate advocates. Financial details for Citizens’ Climate Education can be found on the linked page.

Guidestar Gold Status

CCL Guide Star
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 2020).


Financial Documents

Form 990

Independent Audits

501(c)(4) Tax Exempt Letter


Annual Report

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.

2019 Annual Report (View) (Download)

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