OUR CLIMATE EDUCATION FUND

WE ARE THE GENERATIONS MOST AFFECTED BY CLIMATE CHANGE. WE ARE THE GENERATIONS THAT MUST ACT

aka Our Climate   |   Washington, DC   |  www.ourclimate.us

Mission

Our Climate mobilizes and empowers young people to educate the public and elected officials about science-based, equitable climate policy solutions that build a livable world.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Jasmine Sanders

Main address

1380 Monroe Street NW Suite 734

Washington, DC 20010 USA

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Formerly known as

Oregon Climate

EIN

26-3059927

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our Climate believes in empowering youth to analyze and advocate for science-based and equitable climate policies that secure a livable planet. We support policies that are: 1) Precisely vetted and enforced renewable energy targets 2) Strong, specific corporate polluter fees to equitably fund a just transition 3) Environmental Justice legislation that provide specific protections and resources for environmental justice communities.

Our programs

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

Fellowship Program

Our Climate’s Fellowship is a structured program in which participants organize their peers, engage the media, collaborate with partner organizations and coalition members, and meet with elected officials to advance science-based and equitable climate policies in key states around the country. Fellows commit 5-10 hours/week, and coordinate with a cohort of Fellows to achieve campaign goals. Fellows receive one-on-one support from Our Climate staff. Our academic year-long program 1) requires Fellows to serve on an external project or committee, 2) provides a $500 reimbursement for each Fellow to participate in a professional development program, 3) provides a skills assessment at the start of each Fellowship and designed trainings around the assessment, and 5) requires Fellows to participate in Our Climate’s training curriculum.

Population(s) Served
Students
Young adults

Field Representatives spend 3-5 hours a week working to win equitable and science-based climate policy. This educational and supportive arrangement is designed to build the strong and diverse coalition of leaders needed to pass fair and effective climate policy. Field Representatives gain experience coordinating student climate pricing initiatives, rally public support for climate policy, and directly engage with lawmakers.

Population(s) Served
Students
Young adults

Our Climate has three "tiers" of engagement and actions for volunteers to take including social media, outreach, and fundraising opportunities to support our work.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Students

New York: Our Climate’s New York team is proud to advocate for policies that center climate, jobs, and justice. As an active Steering Committee member of the NY Renews coalition, Fellows, Field Representatives and Field Advisors work to hold New York State accountable for implementing the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act while advocating for climate action, good green jobs, and environmental, economic, and racial justice with the Climate and Community Investment Act.

Massachusetts: Our Climate’s Massachusetts team is proud to fight for and build the relationships that will win science-based, equitable policy in our home state. Not only do we have specific policy requirements, but we help hold and support relationships across the Massachusetts Youth Climate Coalition and with our adult partners at Mass Power Forward, Massachusetts Clean Energy Future, and the MA Green New Deal Roundtable.

Florida: Our Climate’s Florida team is proud to fight for and build the relationships that will win science-based, equitable policy in our home state as many cities are already seeing the effects of climate change. Fellows, Field Representatives and Field Advisors work to hold the Florida legislature and Members of Congress accountable for adapting to the current effects, but also mitigating future effects and protecting frontline communities that are disproportionately affected by the climate crisis.

Oregon: Our Climate’s Oregon team is proud to fight for and build the relationships that will win science-based, equitable policy in our home state. We have developed a strong relationship with organizations across Oregon working with the Renew Oregon Coalition on the Clean Energy Jobs bill. Through this work we have empowered youth leaders from across the state to stand up and fight for equitable climate policy in Oregon.

Washington: Our Climate’s Washington team has developed a robust program across the state over the last 2.5 years. We have trained young climate justice leaders, organized events to get youth plugged into the political process, joined coalitions to bring the youth voice to the negotiating table, and mobilized young people in every legislative district to successfully advocate for bold and equitable climate policy.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Students

Our Climate's young leaders are working to mobilize youth support for federal climate policies that are aligned with our policy principles in collaboration with our national coalition partners.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Students

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 people trained

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of policymakers or candidates reached

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Conversations facilitated between young advocates and lawmakers (in-person or through email, phone, letters)

Number of policies formally introduced

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

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Legislation to price greenhouse gas pollution that Our Climate supports.

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

Increasing

Context Notes

Published media pieces to share our students’ stories and amplify youth support for putting a price on carbon.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

Our Climate mobilizes and empowers young people to educate the public and elected officials about science-based, equitable climate policy solutions that build a livable world. Our young leaders are working to win concrete climate policies that eliminate greenhouse gas pollution and spur an equitable transition to clean energy. Our Climate support policies that put a price on pollution and mandate an economy-wide, swift transition to 100% clean energy. Our goals for the coming year include:

Goal 1: Support 250 Generation Z leaders to advocate for policies in line with our policy principles.
Goal 2: Facilitate 400 in-person or virtual conversations with state and federal elected officials while expanding our programing to additional regions of the country.
Goal 3: Launch our “Train the Trainers” project to contribute to our infrastructure of a strong, grassroots base of lifelong advocates for climate and social justice.
Goal 4: Uplift the stories of youth leaders and alumni in frontline communities

Goal 1: Support 250 Generation Z leaders to advocate for policies in line with our policy principles.
Activity 1: Educate and train young leaders using Our Climate’s curriculum in storytelling, advocacy, organizing, environmental justice, and climate policy. Our Fellows and Field Representatives will learn to think critically about proposed policies and acquire the tools and confidence to advocate in innovative and effective ways.
Activity 2: Provide one-on-one support to Fellows through individualized work plans, program evaluations, and personal strengths mapping. Organizers will provide resources and management training to Field Advisors as they mentor incoming Field Representatives.

Goal 2: Facilitate 400 in-person or virtual conversations with state and federal elected officials while expanding our programing to additional regions of the country.
Activity 1: Plan and facilitate 15 storytelling and climate advocacy trainings for young leaders to prepare to meet with elected officials.
Activity 2: Organize 5 youth advocacy events with state legislatures and Congress in coordination with partners to demonstrate strong and diverse youth support for a swift transition away from fossil fuels.

Goal 3: Launch our “Train the Trainers” project to contribute to our infrastructure of a strong, grassroots base of lifelong advocates for climate and social justice.
Activity 1: Debut our “Train the Trainers'' program to four partners such as Power Shift Network and the Alliance for Climate Education.
Activity 2: Train 30 youth leaders in our Train the Trainers curriculum; each will host 2 trainings and educate 600 people.

Goal 4: Uplift the stories of youth leaders and alumni in frontline communities.
Activity 1: Using our storytelling curriculum, organizers will train youth leaders to share their personal climate stories through creative social media campaigns.
Activity 2: Create a short documentary series entitled "Frontline Climate Heroes.” This project will spotlight six youth leaders and alumni in frontline communities who use skills developed at Our Climate to become visionaries and leaders in their communities in the fight for climate, racial, and economic justice.

Our Climate is the only youth-led, national carbon pricing campaign in the country, and we have forged strong partnerships to invigorate carbon pricing efforts with youth engagement and innovative communications. At the national level, OC has partnered with The Years Project to build public awareness of carbon pricing through film and social media, as well as amplify on-the-ground efforts to advance the policy. OC has also forged partnerships with organizations such as Citizens' Climate Lobby, Environmental Defense Fund, Power Shift Network, the State Carbon Pricing Network, and the World Bank Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition. In an effort to incorporate diversity and inclusion into the work, Our Climate has also connected with environmental justice allies such as NAACP, Center for Diversity and the Environment, Green for All, and others.

At the local and state level, OC joins existing campaigns and coalitions to support active policy proposals and plug young leaders directly into local movement. For example, in the Northeast, we have joined state coalitions in New York (NY Renews), Massachusetts (Campaign for a Clean Energy Future), Rhode Island (Energize Rhode Island), and Vermont (Energy Independent Vermont). On the west coast, Our Climate is a member of the Steering Committee for the Washington-based coalition, Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy, and an active member of Renew Oregon.

Our Climate mobilizes and empowers young people to educate the public and elected officials about science-based, equitable climate policy solutions that build a livable world. Through our climate justice curriculum, leadership development, and policy advocacy training, Our Climate equips young leaders to become life-long advocates at local, state, national, and international levels. In 2020 we:

Trained and empowered 1,299 young leaders in storytelling, advocacy, organizing, climate justice, and climate policy.
Facilitated 309 training, digital advocacy, and outreach events to engage youth, especially those on the front lines of environmental impacts.
Co-organized 10 statewide youth advocacy days and held 354 conversations with decision-makers to advance climate policy in collaboration with partners.
Launched “Is It Hot Enough For Ya” conversation series about climate change, activism, and the disproportionate and intersecting impacts of the climate crisis on communities of color; reached 2,000+ people in the 1st season.
Launched a fully redesigned website, which has already generated over 73,500 page views in 3 months.
Updated our policy principles, with input from youth leaders, to explicitly call for climate justice legislation and direct investments in frontline communities.
Diversified our staff, Board, and youth leadership teams; our 2020-2021 Fellowship cohort is majority youth of color.

Financials

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Operations

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

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OUR CLIMATE EDUCATION FUND

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Natalie Popovich

Ty Gorman

Bonneville Power Administration

Natalie Popovich

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Gordon Molitor

Solar Oregon

Jake Kornack

Leyana Dessauer

North Star Fund

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 ? Yes
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/09/2021

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
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Disability

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