Financial Disclosures


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As a donor or supporter, you are vital to our mission. We share information about our finances, so you can feel confident about your investment in our work. CCE’s commitment to transparency is reflected by its Guidestar Gold status, Charity Navigator ranking, and by the public accessibility of its form 990s (see below).


Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is primarily supported by individual donors and foundations. While the precise breakdown varies year-to-year, approximately 67% of support comes from individual donors, 25% from foundations and 8% from conference revenue over the last two years.

Major past and present foundation supporters include the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Rick Steves’ Europe, Energy Foundation, craigslist Foundation, the David Rockefeller Fund, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and the Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation.

It is our policy to decline all donations from fossil fuel companies.


CCE has a 2021 budget of $6,787,099. Primary expenses include volunteer training, education and support, physical offices in San Diego, CA, marketing materials and campaigns, as well as salary costs.

Overhead costs remain relatively low each year. In 2019, administrative costs made up 10.4% of the total budget, and fundraising accounted for an additional 7.4%.

Although CCE is legally permitted to engage in direct lobbying, all lobbying and related spending is handled by CCE’s 501(c)(4) sister organization Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

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