As a donor 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. CCL’s commitment to transparency is reflected by its Guidestar Gold status, and by the public accessibility of its form 990s (see below).
Citizens’ Climate Lobby (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 2021 budget of $1,959,483. 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%.
The budget of CCL’s 501(c)(3) sister organization, Citizens’ Climate Education (CCE), is substantially higher. CCE provides training, tools, and other educational resources to help empower volunteers to become effective climate advocates. Financial details 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.
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