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Sierra Club Foundation

The Foundation for a Healthy Planet

aka SCF   |   Oakland, CA   |  www.sierraclubfoundation.org

Mission

The Sierra Club Foundation promotes climate solutions, conservation, and movement building through a powerful combination of strategic philanthropy and grassroots advocacy. The Foundation is the fiscal sponsor of Sierra Club’s charitable environmental programs.

Ruling year info

1962

Executive Director

Mr. Dan Chu

Main address

2101 Webster St Suite 1250

Oakland, CA 94612 USA

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EIN

94-6069890

NTEE code info

Public Foundations (T30)

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

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Climate change, habitat destruction, inequitable access to the outdoors, air and water pollution, environmental injustice.

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?

Beyond Coal Campaign

Defending against coal, the most polluting energy source on earth, and clearing the way for clean renewable energy solutions like solar and wind.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Protecting America's wild places, and the beauty, escape, clean water, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities they provide.

Population(s) Served

Through local outings, conservation education, and leadership training, Outdoors for All programs ensure that each new generation stays in touch with nature and learns the importance of protecting it for the next generation. By supporting Sierra Club’s Outdoors for All, the Foundation is building a stronger, healthier, more inclusive environmental movement. Getting outdoors is good for all of us.

Population(s) Served

Sierra Club's Environmental Law Program directs legal strategy for the Club's priority campaigns and supports environmental litigation work by local chapters and groups.

Population(s) Served

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.

Dollars donated to support advocacy efforts

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Acres of land that gain formal protection status

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

Our Wild America

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Acres of land protected through administrative protections, e.g. national monument designation

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.

• Solve the climate crisis primarily through a successful transition to a resource-efficient clean energy economy that better serves people and nature;
• Secure protections for public lands and waters, promote healthy ecosystems and communities, and fight for clean air and water;
• Expand opportunities for more people to explore, enjoy, and protect the planet by supporting programs and policies that reach across economic, cultural, and community lines to get people outdoors; and
• Build a diverse, inclusive environmental movement that reflects and represents today's American public, and prioritizes important connections between environmental health and social justice.

We partner with individual and institutional donors to align financial resources with strategic outcomes, provide flexible funding for innovation, build capacity in the environmental movement, and create partnerships with a broad spectrum of allied organizations around shared values and goals. As the fiscal sponsor of the charitable programs of the Sierra Club, we provide resources to it and other nonprofit organizations to support scientific, educational, literary, organizing, advocacy, and legal programs that further our goals.

As the fiscal sponsor of the charitable programs of the Sierra Club, we provide resources in support of its charitable scientific, educational, literary, organizing, advocacy, and legal programs. The Sierra Club is the world’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization. In the face of global environmental crisis, the Sierra Club engages and empowers the full spectrum of society to address issues of universal concern to all living beings. With millions of members and supporters in 64 chapters and more than 400 local groups nationwide, the Sierra Club's skills and resources are being called upon with unprecedented urgency to solve the climate and extinction crises, restore our democracy, and redress extreme economic and racial disparities and injustices. The Sierra Club makes effective use of the newest technology to amplify the impact of community activism, public education, lobbying, and litigation. Hundreds of media spokespeople extend the Sierra Club's reach, engaging millions of Americans as we chart a path toward a just and clean energy future and access to the outdoors for all.

Programs funded by the Sierra Club Foundation have made tremendous progress. Beyond Coal is one of the most extensive and effective campaigns in the history of the environmental movement. Over the past decade, the Sierra Club and its partners have stopped more than 200 new coal plants from being built across the United States (and finally defeated the last new coal plant in 2020). We secured the retirement of two-thirds of the nation's existing coal plants, continuing a steady march of progress throughout the years of the Trump administration, and helped usher in the clean energy era. We increased the energy we get from wind and solar by a factor of six. We saved lives—the decline in coal has prevented almost 30,000 premature deaths, 480,000 asthma attacks, and 45,000 heart attacks. We supported a robust economic transition for coal communities at the state and national level. And we fought to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for their air, water, and climate pollution.

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.

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Financials

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Operations

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

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Sierra Club Foundation

Board of directors
as of 01/02/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robin Mann

Joel Sanders

University of California at Berkeley School of Law

Jessica Sarowitz

Julian Grace Foundation

Rebekah Saul Butler

The Grove Foundation

Eva Shulte

Friends of the San Juans

Ramon Cruz

Sierra Club

Pedro Henriques da Silva

Global Endowment Management

Claire Broido Johnson

Fermata Energy

Peter Liu

Meridian Clean Energy

Christian Okoye

Generate Capital

Sanjay Ranchod

OhmConnect

Paul Rissman

Rights CoLab

Jill Soffer

Community Volunteer

Steph Speirs

Solstice

Mark Walters

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Jodi Archambault

Wend Collective

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 ? 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 4/24/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/29/2023

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 ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 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.