|  1330 ORANGE AVE STE 309 Coronado CA 92118-2949

Citizens Climate Education Corp is headquartered in Coronado, CA, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 26-2948811.  Donations are tax-deductible. The IRS NTEE classification code is C30, Natural Resources Conservation and Protection within the Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification category. The IRS ruling year for tax exemption was 2010.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)

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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator

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Overall Score


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This charity's score is a passing score. This overall score is identical to the organization's Finance & Accountability beacon score. It does not have an Impact & Results beacon. Each beacon report below provides further information about the organization's rating including rationale as to why a particular beacon may not be scored.

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...   Finance & Accountability

Charity Navigator evaluates a nonprofit organization’s financial health including measures of stability, efficiency and sustainability. We also track accountability and transparency policies to ensure the good governance and integrity of the organization.

Finance & Accountability Score


out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score

This Beta V2 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization’s health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from latest filing year 2019.

Finance & Accountability Rating Highlights

Higher Effect on Score


Independent Board Composition

We look for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of members identified as independent.

Lower Effect on Score


Liabilities to Assets Ratio

We look for a ratio less than 50%.

No Effect on Score


Total Revenue

We do not evaluate revenue amounts or sources in Beta V2. An organization’s size can affect whether and how we evaluate other indicators.

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Finance & Accountability Report


of 100 points (BETA)

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio


Higher effect on score

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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).

For a passing score, Charity Navigator looks for a ratio of 70% or higher. Charities in the 50%-70% range receive zero points for their Program Expense Ratio score. Charities that fall below 50% will receive zero points for both of their financial metric scores, Program Expense Ratio AND Liabilities to Assets Ratio.

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

8/8 Independent

Higher effect on score

Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent.

Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Review or Financial Audit


Higher effect on score

For organizations larger than $1million in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an audit.

This indicator is not part of the score for organizations less than $250k in total revenue and is removed from the scoring methodology.

For charities under $1 million but over $250K in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an Audit, Review or Compilation.

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio


Lower effect on score

The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).

Charity Navigator looks for a ratio less than 50%.

Source: IRS Form 990

Website Listed


Lower effect on score

Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.

Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component

Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information


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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of the highest compensated employees listed on page 7 of the IRS Form 990. This compensation data is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts include salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting here.











Source: IRS Form 990, filing year 2019

Business Master File Data

The Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) includes cumulative information the IRS collects and displays for all exempt organizations. The data is updated monthly. Below are some key data points from the BMF for this organization. View information about the BMF on the IRS website here.


Activity data not reported from the IRS

Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The IRS Form 990 is the source of the finance and accountability data used within the Encompass Rating System. When an organization is eligible for a Finance & Accountability beacon score, each metric is based on elements of the 990. Some metrics are based on the most recent available filing, while others are based on averages of values over multiple years. We provide links to all available 990s here, whether or not this organization is eligible for a Finance & Accountability score.

IRS Forms 990 are provided courtesy of Foundation Center.

...   Impact & Results

Charity Navigator assesses how well a nonprofit delivers on its mission. To issue an Impact & Results score, we estimate the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determine whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.

No Score

We have not issued this nonprofit an Impact & Results score. This does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, only that we have not reached a conclusion for one of the following reasons:

  • The nonprofit is eligible for a score, but we have not yet gotten to scoring it.

  • The nonprofit is eligible for a score, but we have not yet developed the specific algorithms to estimate the impact of the type of service it delivers and so cannot issue a score yet.

  • The nonprofit does not primarily deliver services directly to beneficiaries or it is not reasonable to expect the nonprofit to measure impact for its primary activity. The impact analysis framework that we use is not well suited to these nonprofits.

  • The nonprofit is not heavily reliant on individual donors because beneficiaries fund a majority of its costs or it does not receive any private charitable contributions.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs

Citizens Climate Education Corp reported its largest program on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


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What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

CCE empowers and mobilizes a growing coalition of well-informed climate advocates. Through proven methodology, CCE strategically builds political will and works toward the adoption of fair, effective, and sustainable climate solutions. Recognizing that political consensus is required in order for climate policies to be implemented quickly and remain long-lasting, CCE is committed to engaging political conservatives and building bipartisanship across the aisle. Recognizing that climate change disproportionately affects those who have fewer resources and less political influence, CCE is committed to amplifying marginalized and underrepresented voices in the climate movement.

What are your strategies for making this happen?

CCE empowers ordinary people to build strong local support for climate solutions among key stakeholders, policymakers, media, and the general public. Through a transformative organizing model, we enable individual breakthroughs in the exercise of personal and political power, and provides a meaningful conduit for strong civic engagement. CCE develops and produces educational training curriculums and tools, provides weekly and monthly organizing calls, commissions research studies from trusted analysts, and hosts strategic convenings to help empower volunteers to become impactful climate advocates. We use a unique relationship-based approach to climate advocacy. Volunteers are encouraged to first establish connection and common ground through respect, gratitude, and active listening before ever broaching the topic of climate change. By focusing on the relationship first, CCE’s messages on climate change tend to be well-received in spaces that were once resistant. Through a framework called “the five levers of political will,” CCE mobilizes its robust coalition of advocates. This method consists of concrete mechanisms to build public consensus on climate solutions and influence elected officials. The five levers include: 1) Engaging members of Congress, in the form of personal meetings, phone calls, and letters. By building ongoing relationships with elected officials, well-informed constituents are able to present a compelling case for climate action. Reports conclude that direct constituent interactions have more influence on lawmakers’ decisions than other advocacy strategies. 2) Media outreach. Members of Congress keep a close watch on in-district media. Moreover, studies show that public interest in a given issue is driven to higher levels by increased media coverage. By writing letters to the editor and op-eds for publication, volunteers are able to demonstrate political will to their elected officials and increase public support for climate action. 3) Grassroots outreach. By tabling at local events, presenting at local libraries and town halls, and building a social media presence, volunteers are able to recruit additional members to join CCE. 4) Engaging community leaders. By building support for climate solutions among business owners, faith leaders, and other influential people within local communities, volunteers are able to have an amplified impact on public opinion and the actions of elected officials. 5) Chapter development. Through chapter organizing, volunteers are able to take collective action and have greater impact. Chapters are run by Group Leaders, who strive to cultivate a positive culture that’s consistent with CCE values and best utilize the time and talents of volunteers. Many chapters establish committees to help establish shared leadership and support with specific tasks, such as welcoming and onboarding new volunteers or leading efforts for one of the other five levers.

What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

CCE activities include: Weekly Info Sessions: Live virtual info sessions are provided for prospective and new volunteers to learn about CCE’s mission and how to get involved. Twice Monthly Climate Advocate Training: Live virtual training for new volunteers, typically after attending an Info Session. Weekly Core Volunteer Training: Live virtual training for newer volunteers, typically after attending the Climate Advocate Training. This training is also beneficial for volunteers wanting an interactive refresher on the basics. Weekly Citizens’ Climate University Training: Live virtual training that focuses on a variety of changing topics for all volunteers. These training sessions often align with monthly actions. Ongoing Support Calls: CCE facilitates regular covenings for Group Leaders, Emerging Group Leaders, Liaisons, State Coordinators, Regional Coordinators, and Action Teams. These calls are intended to provide support, discuss lessons learned, and coordinate strategic plans. Seasonal Workshop Series: Includes the Group Start Workshop, Train-the-Trainers Climate Advocate Workshop in the Spring, Group Development Coaches Workshop in the Summer, and the new Five Levers Organizing Workshop. Energy Freedom Tours: In-person tours throughout strategic states and districts are done annually. These tours are intended to increase volunteer outreach and engagement, as well as strengthen new and existing chapters. Monthly Calls with Guest Speakers: Speakers are interviewed by CCE’s Executive Director and broadcast live to all of CCE’s coalition. Many group leaders use this educational content and CCE’s suggested monthly actions to guide and structure their monthly chapter meetings, which allow for their districts’ monthly planning. National conferences in Washington, D.C.: These conferences are organized every June and November, and have been expanding rapidly. Each conference includes 2-3 days of keynotes, panel discussions, and intensive training and workshops, as well as the opportunity to network with fellow advocates. Educational topics include climate science, policy impacts and solutions, grassroots advocacy, securing grasstops support, clean energy economics, strategic communications, and more. Participants then have the opportunity to meet with their members of Congress after the conference. Regional Conferences: These conferences are organized annually in each of CCE’s 11 regions to offer volunteers a local opportunity to receive in-person training, and participate in community building and networking. Approximately 2,000 volunteers attended regional conferences each year. Community Platform: CCE Community is a customized advocacy platform which allows volunteer leadership (Group Leaders, State Coordinators, and Liaisons) to better communicate and organize within specific chapters, states, regions, and interest areas.

How will your organization know if you are making progress?

Progress will be measured by indicators such as: Volunteer Activity Reports: Measures coalition growth and volunteer actions, such as the number of trainings and conferences attended; congressional meetings held, phone calls made, and letters written; published LTEs, op-eds, and articles; earned media mentions; tabling events and presentations given; and endorsements secured. Website, Email, and Social Media Analytics: Measures engagement through analytics such as growth in subscriber rate, conversion rates, spend/return on ads, and click through rate. Net Promoter Score: Measures volunteer satisfaction as a benchmark over time, while also allowing us to consider volunteer comments and improve organizational processes. Diversity Reports: Measures changes in volunteer demographics, including political ideology, age, and race/ethnicity. Policy Analysis Reports: Compares the effectiveness and feasibility of policy options. Legislative and Congressional Reports: Measures progress of state and national climate bills and membership and activity in the Climate Solutions Caucuses.

What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

CCE’s progress is reflected in the rapid growth of our coalition, the number of active chapters, and volunteer outputs. With more than 200,000 dedicated advocates organized into over 475 chapters, CCE (in partnership with sister nonprofit Citizens’ Climate Lobby) has cultivated one of the strongest grassroots movements advancing climate solutions in the United States. CCE has empowered volunteers to meaningfully engage their members of Congress, which has included holding more than 1,700 in-person educational meetings, making more than 20,500 phone calls, and writing nearly 100,000 constituent letters in 2019. Moreover, volunteers published more than 4,000 letters to the editor and op-eds, and held nearly 4,800 outreach events in 2019. CCE’s open-access tools and resources also allow other organizations to hone their approach to education and advocacy, further increasing overall reach.


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...   Leadership & Adaptability

Charity Navigator will provide an assessment of the organization’s leadership capacity, strategic planning, and the ability to readily innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization’s mission.

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...   Culture & Community

Charity Navigator will provide an assessment of the organization’s people operations, its engagement with the constituents served, and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) measures.

Culture & Community Score (BETA)

Coming Soon

Encompass Rating Beta V2 does not provide an evaluation of the organization's culture and community. Beta V3 will provide an evaluation of Constituent Feedback and Listening Practices. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community. Other measures will be added later in the year.

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Community & Culture.

Why It Matters

Like the Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as relevant metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.

Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.