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

Sierra Club Foundation

The Foundation for a Healthy Planet

four stars

95.87

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

Board Leadership
Gail Greenwald
Chair

CEO
Dan Chu
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.87 four stars
  Financial 95.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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 January 2020, 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

95.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
85.7%
  Administrative Expenses 2.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.98
  Program Expenses Growth 10.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.8%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $100,391,040
   Federated Campaigns $298,945
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $100,689,985
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $100,689,985
   Other Revenue $4,470,378
TOTAL REVENUE $105,160,363
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $73,777,145
   Administrative Expenses $1,768,386
   Fundraising Expenses $9,388,357
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $84,933,888
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $20,226,475
   
Net Assets $147,449,546

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$248,168 0.29% Dan Chu Executive Director

Mission

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.

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Sierra Club Foundation (CA) 95.87 four stars
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Friends of the Earth (DC) 90.57 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

Gail Greenwald
Chair

CEO

Dan Chu
Executive Director