OHIO CITIZEN ACTION

The premier grassroots organizing and mobilising team in the Midwest.

Cleveland, OH   |  http://ohiocitizen.org/

Mission

Ohio Citizen Action organizes and mobilizes people to advocate for public interests. In person, by phone, and online, we engage people in actions that protect public health, improve environmental quality, and benefit consumers. Our campaigns connect Ohioans and build a movement to protect democracy and create a sustainable future.

We serve the entire state of Ohio and impact communities in other states with our pollution prevention work.

Ruling year info

1977

Executive Director

Rachael Belz

Deputy Director

Melissa English

Main address

1511 Brookpark Rd.

Cleveland, OH 44109 USA

Show more contact info

Formerly known as

Ohio Public Interest Campaign

EIN

34-1208942

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Citizen Participation (W24)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2019, 2018 and 2017.
Register now

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Ohioans care about the issues on which we work- environmental quality, consumer rights, government and corporate accountability- and yet there are so many things competing for their time, they rarely research those issues or strategize about how and where their own limited resources might make the greatest impact. We fill this public education and grassroots organizing gap and make it simple for people to actively engage in our public interest campaigns.

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?

Make Ohio a clean energy leader

As part of the Ohio Energy Table coalition, we work to advance Ohio's modest energy efficiency and renewable energy portfolio standards in order to expedite the transition from fossil fuel use, ensuring the lowest-possible bills for consumers, stimulating the green energy sector of our economy and reducing threats to public health and environmental quality.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In 2014, wind farm development in Ohio stopped cold. Why? Because an 11th hour budget amendment changed the distance a wind turbine must be from a dwelling or property line. No debate, no hearings, just a few lines in a huge bill. The change made siting turbines so difficult that eight projects in the pipeline were rendered unfeasible and no new projects have been built since. By fixing this "wind setback" problem Ohio can unleash approximately $4.2 billion in economic activity and pump much needed life into under-resourced rural areas, as well as the entire state.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Farmers

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

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.

Our goals are to break down complex issues, effectively communicate them to Ohioans and provide people with training and opportunity to exercise their rights as citizens and advocate for themselves.

Our strategies include: deploying professional, full-time organizers to reach people both door-to-door and by phone with information on our campaigns and opportunities to help; digital organizing; lobbying in the legislature and at regulatory agencies and preparing regular citizens also to do so; working in coalition with other groups to develop strategy to accomplish common goals.

We've been blessed with massive human capital. Our top leaders not only have decades of non-profit administration and organizing experience, but have all come from field or phone canvass backgrounds. We understand the power of canvassing to make change, because we've all done it. That long history of organizing in Ohio has also led to development of relationships with other consumer and environmental leaders, both statewide and nationally. These relationships form the basis of our successful coalition work that has allowed us to claim victory on 75% of campaigns undertaken in the last 10 years.

Though we've worked on dozens of different issues since 1975, our recent work has been about energy, partly because it encompasses both our environmental and consumer focuses. In 1999, when the Ohio legislature voted to de-regulate the electricity market, we saw a threat to consumers and worked to insert language into the deregulation bill that would allow consumers to choose their provider in the new, competitive market. Since then, we've leveraged customer choice to not only save consumers millions of dollars, but also to guide aggregated communities to request 100% renewable energy from their providers. In the last two decades as well, we've:
* won a lawsuit against American Electric Power, requiring them to spend $4 billion on pollution reduction at its coal-fired power plants, blocked a 1,000 MW coal fired power plant from being built in Meigs county, the fifth such plant in a 12 mile radius; * worked with state and national allies to close 22 of Ohio's oldest, dirtiest coal boilers; * defeated coal plant bailout proposals at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and Federa Energy Regulatory Commission; * and stopping fixed rate increases proposed by AEP and Duke that would have charged customers $120 and $192 more per year respectively, regardless of usage.

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?

    We serve all Ohioans.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

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

    We don't actively use collected feedback,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

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

    We don’t use any of these practices,

  • 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 identify actionable feedback,

Financials

OHIO CITIZEN ACTION
lock

Unlock financial insights by subscribing to our monthly plan.

Subscribe

Unlock nonprofit financial insights that will help you make more informed decisions. Try our monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights?
Learn more about GuideStar Pro.

Operations

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

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

OHIO CITIZEN ACTION

Board of directors
as of 9/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dick Wittberg

No Affiliation

Anne Wise, MD.

Ann Knotek

Thomas Ferguson

Carla Walker

Joshua Sands

Dick Wittberg

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

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

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/02/2021

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

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 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.