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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation (Grantmaking)

Sierra Club Foundation

A Healthy Planet Begins with a Strong Foundation

four stars

94.44

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

Board Leadership
Steven Berkenfeld
Chair

CEO
Dan Chu
Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.44 four stars
  Financial 92.74 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Sierra Club Foundation promotes efforts to educate and empower people to protect and improve the natural and human environment. 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 efforts to educate and empower people to protect and improve the natural and human environment. 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.

Results Information

Program Name: Keystone XL Pipeline Rejection: The building of a climate movement
Problem

Our country has reached an historic crossroads where it will either prevent or succumb to catastrophic climate change. Unprecedented advances in clean energy development and new policies to curb carbon pollution stand in stark contrast to continued relentless efforts to extract, transport, and burn dirty fuels. The tar sands carried by the Keystone XL pipeline are among the dirtiest of these fuels. These dirty fuels poison our air, water, and communities, and perpetuate centuries of injustice.

Strategy

After the failure of the climate bill, the environmental community was looking for a focal point around which we could build a public movement to demonstrate demand for climate action. Keystone XL provided that - through grassroots organizing that brought together diverse constituencies, from ranchers to Native Americans to students to climate activists, in public demonstrations highlighting the urgency of the climate crisis, we were able to sway the highest decision-maker in the country.

IF:THEN

IF In order to meet our climate goals to limit warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius agreed to by President Obama and leaders from other countries in Paris in 2015, we must keep carbon in the ground and phase down oil production to climate safe levels....

THEN The rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline was the first fossil fuel infrastructure proposal to be rejected in order to meet these climate goals. We must continue to run effective supply-side campaigns against tar sands pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure that help to identify, display, symbolize and strengthen a movement calling for action on climate change to both stop the expansion of fossil fuel supplies as well as work towards solutions to address demand for such fuels.

IF In order to build a strong, diverse and vocal movement against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, then we must apply tested principles of organizing and movement building to acheive that outcome....

THEN 1. Vision and Urgency: 2. Local Victories 3. Movement Moments 4. Leadership 5. Relationships
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Financial

four stars

92.74

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 05/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
87.1%
  Administrative Expenses 1.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.65
  Program Expenses Growth 2.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.0%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Sierra Club Foundation (CA) 94.44 four stars
The Garden Conservancy (NY) 88.50 three stars
Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics (CO) 91.18 four stars
Washington Trails Association (WA) 96.05 four stars
Georgia Conservancy (GA) 86.57 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $87,528,581
   Federated Campaigns $334,762
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $87,863,343
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $87,863,343
   Other Revenue $2,981,133
TOTAL REVENUE $90,844,476
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $54,312,411
   Administrative Expenses $1,076,599
   Fundraising Expenses $8,035,525
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $63,424,535
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $27,419,941
   
Net Assets $113,229,011

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 $27,710,788 51.0%
Chapter and Group Education Project (CGEP) $6,001,034 11.0%
Our Wild America $5,070,859 9.3%

Ratings History
Sierra Club Foundation has received 8 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

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

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$198,920 0.31% Peter Martin Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Sierra Club Foundation (CA) 94.44 four stars
Galapagos Conservancy (VA) 90.93 four stars
Captain Planet Foundation (GA) 88.73 three stars
Grand Canyon Trust (AZ) 91.19 four stars
The Conservation Fund (VA) 98.23 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: (415) 995-1791
EIN: 94-6069890

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Board Leadership

Steven Berkenfeld
Chair

CEO

Dan Chu
Executive Director

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