The Climate Initiative

Empowering youth for climate action

aka Kennebunkport Climate Initiative   |   Cape Porpoise, ME   |  https://www.theclimateinitiative.org/

Mission

Empower youth voices for climate action. The Climate Initiative (TCI) is a nonpartisan, science-based climate change organization whose mission is to empower youth voices for climate action. This generation of youth face the future consequences of the global climate crisis, and often feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to make a difference. TCI provides young climate champions education and leadership training to properly steward our planet and catalyze the transition to climate-resilient communities. Through community-based education and empowerment initiatives, youth learn about local climate problems and possible solutions, giving them hope and the inspiration to become change agents and influential voices in their communities and beyond.

Ruling year info

2020

Executive Director

Jono Anzalone

Main address

PO Box 7004

Cape Porpoise, ME 04014 USA

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EIN

84-4244790

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (N12)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Climate change threatens to upend life as we know it. One million species are at risk of extinction, and one hundred million people could be forced into poverty as early as 2030 should current trends in greenhouse gas emissions and consumption continue. The next decade is key to avoid a climate disaster. We must limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius –a threshold determined by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the leading authority on climate science. The COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated that rapid global response is possible. It is only through concerted global efforts that we will be able to tackle the climate crisis.

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?

Learning Labs

Decades of research have shown us that just teaching about climate change and climate science is not enough. And that's why we created the Learning Lab. TCI educators developed an approach that allows high school students to delve into complex environmental issues on a local level while still inviting all points of view to the table. Students conduct experiments, contribute to scientific data, study local issues, interview community leaders, and make connections between the global crisis of climate change and their own backyard. Learning Labs are free, multi-disciplinary modules that introduce climate issues to your classroom (online or in-person) in a non-partisan way bringing them to life in a student's local landscape with hands-on, community-based action projects.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Families
Academics

Our ambassadors are empowered voices across the country and globe who are motivated by a passion for protecting our earth, our communities and future generations from the impacts of climate change. The TCI Ambassador Program provides opportunities and resources for ambassadors to tackle climate issues at a local level and to join an engaged community of climate changemakers. From award-winning climate curriculum and easy to implement resources, to an Advisory Council and Board of Directors of some of the world’s top climate scientists, educators and business thought leaders, TCI offers our ambassadors access to impactful climate change opportunities to inspire real change and action.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Families
Academics

Climate Action Toolkits are free, direct-to-youth downloadable toolkits, activities, resources to educate, empower, and activate youth on their climate action journey.

Current Climate Action Toolkits include: "ArcGIS: Mapping Your Community;" "Climate Communication Poster Contest;" "Closet Revamp;" "Communications Activities;" "Community Conversations;" "Difference between Compostable and Biodegradable;" "Experience En-ROADS;" "Four Session Learning Lab Adventure;" "Host a Town Hall;" "Microfibers;" "Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies;" "Thermochromic Pigment;:" "Tree Equity Score;" "Upcycling and Innovation;" "Waste Audit;" and more!

There are also free downloadable educator guides to accompany the youth Climate Action Toolkits.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Families
Academics

TCI's Community Conversations model consists of communication exercises, participatory mapping, and a climate change simulation. Each activity is designed to help people relate their personal places to the larger picture of climate change. Working together to go through this process, communities collaborate on determining what places are of most importance, and ways to effect change. The workshop ends in a brainstorming session on what actions are necessary to move forward toward climate mitigation, and if that’s not possible, adaptation practices and policies to be explored. There are also free, downloadable toolkits (Beginner, Advanced) to assist in the planning and implementation of a Community Conversation.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Families
Academics

Where we work

Awards

Emerging Leader Award 2022

GreenBiz

Selected as one of eight U.S. youth delegates to attend COY/COP 2021

UNFCCC Youth Constituency (YOUNGO)

Affiliations & memberships

1% for the Planet 2022

Maine Outdoor Brands 2022

The Kennebunks Chamber of Commerce 2021

Maine Association of Nonprofits 2021

Donors of Color Climate Justice Funder's Pledge 2022

Maine Philanthropy Center 2021

Nature Based Education Consortium 2021

North East Climate Change Education Collaborative 2021

Forbes Nonprofit Council 2022

Techsoup 2021

Miami Climate Alliance 2021

US Climate Action Network (USCAN) 2022

National Science Teaching Association 2021

North American Association for Environmental Education 2020

North East Climate Change Education Collaborative 2021

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 teachers trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Teachers, Children and youth

Related Program

Learning Labs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of educators using Learning Lab in their classroom.

Number of youth reached with non-partisan climate messaging

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth engaged in TCI content

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of states where Learning Lab is used

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Learning Labs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students educated with Learning Lab

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Learning Labs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

TCI believes youth are key to solving the climate challenge because they influence and foster climate concern among their parents, communities, and decision-makers. Our goal is to develop a cohesive youth voice that influences decision-makers to embrace climate solutions.

We aim to engage youth in their communities, empower them to become agents of change, connect them to the places they care about, access tools that showcase how the world can hold global warming to 1.5°C, and create a grassroots movement to galvanize youth in every state to take climate action.

1. Educate | Illustrating global issues of climate change by educating youth through a solutions-based approach at the local scale.

2. Empower | Giving students ownership through the opportunity to investigate and invent tangible, local climate-solutions, and forums to best voice their ideas and concerns.

3. Activate | Open the door for students to take action on policies and climate solutions in their local landscapes, by engaging business and community leaders to co-create more sustainable, resilient communities.

Our highly trained leaders, climate experts, and educators are demystifying climate change by teaching youth about local level, tangible solutions to a global climate challenge.

We instill in youth a sense of agency and leadership over issues in their communities, both with in-person and digital engagement that enables youth to voice their concerns and ideas on climate at scale.

We catalyze climate action by empowering youth to engage with political, business, and other leaders to build sustainable communities, and we are successfully building strong coalitions with partner organizations and governmental offices because of our non-partisan approach.

In under three years, we have scaled our non-partisan climate change educational programming to all 50 states, rolled out national and state-specific climate policy toolkits and engaged thousands of youth in positive climate action. Additional exciting milestones we've reached in under three years include:

- 10 million youth reached with non-partisan climate messaging
- 300,000 youth engaged in TCI content
- 35,000 students in 9 different countries educated with Learning Lab
- 4,000 students have accessed our Student Lab resources
- 750+ high school teachers utilizing Learning Lab modules
- 600+ Ambassadors in our Mobilize base

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Educators, high school and college aged youth, families, decision makers, community partners, schools, and peer organizations.

  • 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, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email, Mobilize ,

  • 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?

    Our most recently released Learning Lab was a direct result of educator feedback. After successfully implementing Learning Lab in their classroom, an educator shared with us that they would like a Learning Lab more specifically focused on pressing climate challenges in their region of the country. The "Agriculture & Climate Change" Learning Lab was born from this feedback, and provides free educational resources, simulations, and action projects specific to the environmental, social, and economic impacts of agricultural climate challenges.

  • 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?

    After receiving the above feedback, TCI invited the educator to join us in the development of a Learning Lab that would be impactful for their students and community. The educator became an integral and active participant in the creation of the new Learning Lab, and the end product was immensely richer because of their perspective and voice. An added bonus was that TCI was able to provide a unique professional development opportunity for the educator in ways that amplified the educator's professional goals. TCI is committed to a continuous learning journey that is evolving, based on trust-building, and emphasizes co-creation.

  • 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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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The Climate Initiative

Board of directors
as of 11/10/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Thomas Bradbury

Kennebunkport Conservation Trust

Term: 2020 -

Andreata Muforo

Tom Bradbury

Pamela Morgan

Harold Brooks

Billy Shore

Amy Tchao

Alejandra Carrasco

Monica Hanover

Angela Zhong

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/9/2022

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
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/27/2021

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

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 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.