Financial Disclosures


CCL Guide StarCharity Navigator Logo with 100 badgeAs a donor or volunteer, 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 Education (CCE) is primarily supported by individual donors and foundations. While the precise breakdown varies year-to-year, in the last two years the breakdown of income sources has amounted to:

  • 60% from individual donors,
  • 31% from foundations,
  • 4% from conference revenue,
  • 4% from the Paycheck Protection Program (forgiven in May 2021), and
  • 1% from investments.

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 2022 budget of $6,647,847. 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 2020, 76% of the total budget was spent on program costs, while administrative costs made up 16%, and fundraising accounted for 8%.

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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Annual Report

The Citizens’ Climate Annual Report highlights the work of sister organizations, Citizens’ Climate Education (CCE) and Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL). Detailing CCE’s volunteer accomplishments and CCL’s legislative victories, this report provides a yearly snapshot of how we are advancing effective, bipartisan climate solutions.

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