Citizens Climate Education Corp.

Building grassroots support for climate solutions

aka Citizens Climate Education   |   Coronado, CA   |  www.citizensclimateeducation.org

Mission

Citizens’ Climate Education (CCE) is a nonpartisan grassroots advocacy organization that empowers everyday people to build political will for effective climate solutions.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Madeleine Para

Main address

1330 Orange Ave Suite 309

Coronado, CA 92118 USA

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EIN

26-2948811

NTEE code info

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Citizen Participation (W24)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Climate change is the greatest threat to humanity and we need strong public policies to address the issue. The 2018 Global Warming of 1.5C IPCC report states that we have just over 10 years to get greenhouse gas emissions under control before facing irreversible damages, outlining that we must cut carbon emissions by 45 percent of 2010 levels by 2030. In the same report, IPCC scientists wrote that carbon pricing was a necessary first step for industrialized nations to sufficiently curtail emissions. This stance has been echoed by the last four chairpersons of the U.S. federal reserve, 27 Nobel Laureates of Economics, and more than 3,500 U.S. economists. CCE seeks to build political will for climate legislation that will radically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Climate Education and Advocacy Program

An comprehensive educational program with training and tools on topics such as: climate science; policy impacts and solutions; grassroots organizing; securing grasstops support; clean energy economics; overcoming partisanship; strategic communications and motivational interviewing; relationship-based advocacy; media engagement; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and more.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of new advocates recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2020, we stopped tracking international volunteers as Citizens' Climate International became a separate entity. We also transitioned to fully virtual outreach due to the pandemic.

Number of meetings or briefings held with policymakers or candidates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Meetings with members of Congress transitioned from in-person to virtual in 2020, increasing accessibility for constituents that might not otherwise be able to participate.

Number of meetings held with decision makers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Volunteers meet with community leaders to build consensus on climate action. This is a metric that we just started tracking.

Number of stories successfully placed in the media

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Volunteers demonstrate public demand for climate solutions by getting written pieces published in local media outlets and appearing on public broadcast networks.

Number of briefings or presentations held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Volunteers hold local outreach events to build widespread consensus for climate action. Local presentations, tabling, and events have declined in recent years due to the pandemic.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

CCE empowers and mobilizes a growing coalition of well-informed climate advocates. Through proven methodology, CCE strategically builds political will and works toward the adoption of fair, effective, and sustainable climate solutions.

Recognizing that political consensus is required in order for climate policies to be implemented quickly and remain long-lasting, CCE is committed to engaging political conservatives and building bipartisanship across the aisle.

Recognizing that climate change disproportionately affects those who have fewer resources and less political influence, CCE is committed to amplifying marginalized and underrepresented voices in the climate movement.

CCE empowers ordinary people to build strong local support for climate solutions among key stakeholders, policymakers, media, and the general public. Through a transformative organizing model, we enable individual breakthroughs in the exercise of personal and political power, and provides a meaningful conduit for strong civic engagement.

CCE develops and produces educational training curriculums and tools, provides weekly and monthly organizing calls, commissions research studies from trusted analysts, and hosts strategic convenings to help empower volunteers to become impactful climate advocates.

We use a unique relationship-based approach to climate advocacy. Volunteers are encouraged to first establish connection and common ground through respect, gratitude, and active listening before ever broaching the topic of climate change. By focusing on the relationship first, CCE’s messages on climate change tend to be well-received in spaces that were once resistant.

Through a framework called “the five levers of political will,” CCE mobilizes its robust coalition of advocates. This method consists of concrete mechanisms to build public consensus on climate solutions and influence elected officials. The five levers include:

1) Engaging members of Congress, in the form of personal meetings, phone calls, and letters. By building ongoing relationships with elected officials, well-informed constituents are able to present a compelling case for climate action. Reports conclude that direct constituent interactions have more influence on lawmakers’ decisions than other advocacy strategies.

2) Media outreach. Members of Congress keep a close watch on in-district media. Moreover, studies show that public interest in a given issue is driven to higher levels by increased media coverage. By writing letters to the editor and op-eds for publication, volunteers are able to demonstrate political will to their elected officials and increase public support for climate action.

3) Grassroots outreach. By tabling at local events, presenting at local libraries and town halls, and building a social media presence, volunteers are able to recruit additional members to join CCE.

4) Engaging community leaders. By building support for climate solutions among business owners, faith leaders, and other influential people within local communities, volunteers are able to have an amplified impact on public opinion and the actions of elected officials.

5) Chapter development. Through chapter organizing, volunteers are able to take collective action and have greater impact. Chapters are run by Group Leaders, who strive to cultivate a positive culture that’s consistent with CCE values and best utilize the time and talents of volunteers. Many chapters establish committees to help establish shared leadership and support with specific tasks, such as welcoming and onboarding new volunteers or leading efforts for one of the other five levers.

CCE activities include:

Weekly Info Sessions: Live virtual info sessions are provided for prospective and new volunteers to learn about CCE’s mission and how to get involved.

Twice Monthly Climate Advocate Training: Live virtual training for new volunteers, typically after attending an Info Session.

Weekly Core Volunteer Training: Live virtual training for newer volunteers, typically after attending the Climate Advocate Training. This training is also beneficial for volunteers wanting an interactive refresher on the basics.

Weekly Citizens’ Climate University Training: Live virtual training that focuses on a variety of changing topics for all volunteers. These training sessions often align with monthly actions.

Ongoing Support Calls: CCE facilitates regular covenings for Group Leaders, Emerging Group Leaders, Liaisons, State Coordinators, Regional Coordinators, and Action Teams. These calls are intended to provide support, discuss lessons learned, and coordinate strategic plans.

Seasonal Workshop Series: Includes the Group Start Workshop, Train-the-Trainers Climate Advocate Workshop in the Spring, Group Development Coaches Workshop in the Summer, and the new Five Levers Organizing Workshop.

Energy Freedom Tours: In-person tours throughout strategic states and districts are done annually. These tours are intended to increase volunteer outreach and engagement, as well as strengthen new and existing chapters.

Monthly Calls with Guest Speakers: Speakers are interviewed by CCE’s Executive Director and broadcast live to all of CCE’s coalition. Many group leaders use this educational content and CCE’s suggested monthly actions to guide and structure their monthly chapter meetings, which allow for their districts’ monthly planning.

National conferences in Washington, D.C.: These conferences are organized every June and November, and have been expanding rapidly. Each conference includes 2-3 days of keynotes, panel discussions, and intensive training and workshops, as well as the opportunity to network with fellow advocates. Educational topics include climate science, policy impacts and solutions, grassroots advocacy, securing grasstops support, clean energy economics, strategic communications, and more. Participants then have the opportunity to meet with their members of Congress after the conference.

Regional Conferences: These conferences are organized annually in each of CCE’s 11 regions to offer volunteers a local opportunity to receive in-person training, and participate in community building and networking. Approximately 2,000 volunteers attended regional conferences each year.

Community Platform: CCE Community is a customized advocacy platform which allows volunteer leadership (Group Leaders, State Coordinators, and Liaisons) to better communicate and organize within specific chapters, states, regions, and interest areas.

CCE’s progress is reflected in the rapid growth of our coalition, the number of active chapters, and volunteer outputs. With more than 200,000 dedicated advocates organized into over 475 chapters, CCE (in partnership with sister nonprofit Citizens’ Climate Lobby) has cultivated one of the strongest grassroots movements advancing climate solutions in the United States. CCE has empowered volunteers to meaningfully engage their members of Congress, which has included holding more than 1,700 in-person educational meetings, making more than 20,500 phone calls, and writing nearly 100,000 constituent letters in 2019. Moreover, volunteers published more than 4,000 letters to the editor and op-eds, and held nearly 4,800 outreach events in 2019. CCE’s open-access tools and resources also allow other organizations to hone their approach to education and advocacy, further increasing overall reach.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Citizens’ Climate Education (CCE) provides a welcoming space for people from diverse backgrounds to exercise their personal and political power. The people we serve are primarily our growing grassroots network of 205,000+ supporters, many of whom are active volunteers.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Based on volunteer feedback, we recently: reformatted our newsletter layout, segmented our communications to deliver more relevant content to supporters, improved our web design/search experience and accessibility, refined existing trainings, and developed new trainings.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Citizens’ Climate Education has always been a volunteer-driven organization. Asking for regular feedback empowers our volunteers to see that their voice matters and their input is being used to continually improve the organization.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Citizens Climate Education Corp.

Board of directors
as of 08/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Natasha DeJarnett

Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute

Mark Tabbert

Scott Leckman

Sandra Turner

University of California, Riverside

Claudine Schneider

Zinovia Spezakis

Allianz Global Investors

Bob Inglis

republicEn.org

John Delaney

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/3/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/22/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.