Financial Disclosures

Financial Documents and Disclosures

Citizens’ Climate Education (CCE) is primarily supported by individual donors and foundations. While the precise breakdown varies year-to-year, approximately 61% of support has come from individual donors, 34% from foundations and 5% from conference revenue for the past two years. CCE overhead costs averages a low 15% annually, which includes all fundraising costs.

CCE’s 2020 budget is $5 million, which is slightly higher than its 2019 budget of $4.7 million. Our primary expenses include staff, conferences and office expenses to support our growing coalition of climate advocates.

Staff: CCE’s staff expenses support 40 staff members and 23 contract employees. Except for a low 15% of combined administrative and fundraising costs, this provides training, outreach, educational materials and tools, and ongoing support for the organization’s growing coalition. The majority of staff members work remotely, allowing us to minimize office expenses.

Conferences: CCE is committed to enabling as many volunteers to attend its two annual conferences in Washington, D.C. as possible. It has, therefore, made the conscious decision to run these flagship events at a loss, keeping volunteer expenses to a minimum. In addition, CCE helps to subsidize 13 regional conferences across the United States, providing invaluable venues for local organizing.

Offices: CCE maintains offices in Coronado, California, and in Washington, D.C. The former are quite minimal, while the latter have recently expanded to include a conference space appropriate for meeting with allied NGOs and other organizations.

It is CCE’s policy to decline all donations from fossil fuel companies. 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.

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

CCE’s commitment to transparency is reflected by its Guidestar Gold Status, and by the public accessibility of its form 990s. CCE just became eligible to apply for recognition from Charity Navigator and is in the process of doing so now.

The below documents contain financial information on CCE or you can review CCE’s state non-profit disclosures. More information on our foundation partners, can be found on our Sources of Support page.

IRS Documents


2018 Documents


2017 Documents


2016 Documents


2015 Documents



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Questions? Please contact our Development Team  (developmentatcitizensclimatedotorg)  .