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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation (Grantmaking/Grants Payable)

Sierra Club Foundation

The Foundation for a Healthy Planet

four stars

95.21

2101 Webster Street Suite 1250
Oakland, CA 94612
tel: (415) 995-1780   Web Site
EIN: 94-6069890

Board Leadership
Allison Chin and Shirley Weese Young
Co-Chairs

CEO
Dan Chu
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.21 four stars
  Financial 93.94 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Sierra Club Foundation promotes climate solutions, conservation, and movement building through a powerful combination of strategic philanthropy and grassroots advocacy. We partner with individual and institutional donors to align financial resources with strategic outcomes, provide flexible funding for innovation, build capacity in the environmental movement, and create partnerships with a broad spectrum of allied organizations around shared values and goals. As the fiscal sponsor of the charitable programs of the Sierra Club, we provide resources to it and other nonprofit organizations to support scientific, educational, literary, organizing, advocacy, and legal programs that further our goals.

The Sierra Club Foundation promotes climate solutions, conservation, and movement building through a powerful combination of strategic philanthropy and grassroots advocacy. We partner with individual and institutional donors to align financial resources with strategic outcomes, provide flexible funding for innovation, build capacity in the environmental movement, and create partnerships with a broad spectrum of allied organizations around shared values and goals. As the fiscal sponsor of the charitable programs of the Sierra Club, we provide resources to it and other nonprofit organizations to support scientific, educational, literary, organizing, advocacy, and legal programs that further our goals.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2016
Dollars donated to support advocacy efforts
71,884,500
Number of volunteers
5,059
Number of audience members willing to take action on behalf of a specific issue
730,000
Acres of land that gain formal protection status
3,512,420
This impact information is current as of October 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

93.94

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
85.2%
  Administrative Expenses 1.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.60
  Program Expenses Growth 6.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Sierra Club Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Sierra Club Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Sierra Club Foundation (CA) 95.21 four stars
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (PA) 91.43 four stars
The Conservation Foundation (IL) 93.62 four stars
Beyond Pesticides (DC) 90.35 four stars
American Hiking Society (MD) 87.21 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $68,171,061
   Federated Campaigns $337,253
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $68,508,314
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $68,508,314
   Other Revenue $3,015,843
TOTAL REVENUE $71,524,157
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $63,575,563
   Administrative Expenses $1,464,098
   Fundraising Expenses $7,850,687
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $72,890,348
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,366,191
   
Net Assets $135,379,336

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Beyond Coal $26,704,841 42.0%
Our Wild America $7,645,626 12.0%
Chapter and Group Education Project (CGEP) $7,561,419 11.9%

Ratings History
Sierra Club Foundation has received 10 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 02/01/2019 95.21 four stars
2016-12 12/01/2018 91.23 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 94.44 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 94.08 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 04/01/2015 92.84 four stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 97.13 four stars
2011-12 03/01/2013 96.08 four stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 97.69 four stars
2009-12 12/01/2011 97.46 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 96.69 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 96.42 four stars
2008-12 06/01/2010 99.00 four stars
2007-12 05/01/2009 86.46 three stars
2006-12 03/01/2008 79.05 two stars
2005-12 02/01/2007 75.64 two stars
2004-12 01/01/2006 87.00 three stars
2003-12 12/01/2004 99.01 four stars
2002-12 10/01/2003 86.71 three stars
2001-12 10/15/2002 99.02 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 94-6069890
Name in IRS Master File SIERRA CLUB FOUNDATION
NTEE Code C30
NTEE Classification Natural Resources Conservation and Protection
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
(59) Other school related activities
(922) Endowment fund or financial services
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date June, 1962
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$214,039 0.29% Dan Chu Executive Director

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Sierra Club Foundation (CA) 95.21 four stars
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Charity Contact Info

Sierra Club Foundation
2101 Webster Street
Suite 1250
Oakland, CA 94612
tel: (415) 995-1780
fax: (510) 208-3140
EIN: 94-6069890

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Board Leadership

Allison Chin and Shirley Weese Young
Co-Chairs

CEO

Dan Chu
Executive Director

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