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Financials and Annual Report


CCL Guide StarAs 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 Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency (Candid is formally known as GuideStar), and by the public accessibility of its form 990s (see below). Since CCL is a 501(c)(4) organization, it is unable to receive a Charity Navigator rating. As a 501(c)(3) organization, Citizens’ Climate Education (CCE) has earned a Charity Navigator Four-Star Rating. CCE also received a 2023 Top-Rated Nonprofit Award from GreatNonprofits.


CCL is primarily supported by individual donors and foundations, with the precise breakdown varying slightly year-to-year. In the last two years (from 2022-2023), the breakdown of income amounted to an average of 95% from individual donors, 2% from foundations, and 3% from conference revenue.

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


CCL has a 2024 budget of $982,353. Primary expenses include conferences and events, physical offices in Washington, D.C., marketing materials and campaigns, as well as salary costs associated with lobbying.
CCL strives to keep overhead costs low every year. In 2023, 81% of the total budget was spent on direct program costs, while 14% was spent on management, and 5% on fundraising.

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.

Financial Documents

Form 990

Independent Audits

Form W9

501(c)(4) Tax Exempt Letter


Contact Us

For more information, please contact our Development Team.