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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation (Fundraising)

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.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Sierra Club Foundation (CA) 94.44 four stars
North Carolina Coastal Federation (NC) 97.17 four stars
Izaak Walton League of America (MD) 85.81 three stars
Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TX) 100.00 four stars
Walden Woods Project (MA) 85.93 three stars

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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.

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)
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  • 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

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Sierra Club Foundation (CA) 94.44 four stars
PATH Foundation (GA) 94.34 four stars
Environmental Initiative (MN) 90.63 four stars
WiLDCOAST (CA) 92.92 four stars
Communities for a Better Environment (CA) 85.03 three 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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