Piedmont Environmental Alliance Inc

Educating, Empowering, Building Community, Inspiring Action

aka PEA   |   Winston Salem, NC   |
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Piedmont Environmental Alliance Inc

EIN: 74-3183083


Piedmont Environmental Alliance (PEA) works every day to educate people of all ages, build community, and inspire action to create a more just, resilient, and environmentally sustainable community. Founded in 2006 with the first Piedmont Earth Day Fair, PEA works with thousands of volunteers, students, businesses, and partners to bring about change, with innovative education programs, annual events, and community-based work focused in Winston-Salem and the North Carolina Piedmont region.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Jamie Maier

Main address

426 Old Salem Road

Winston Salem, NC 27101 USA

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Subject area info

STEM education

Environmental justice

Climate change

Environmental studies

Sustainable development

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Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Piedmont Environmental Alliance addresses the lack of strategic, system-wide planning for sustainable practices in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Pressing problems include a need for stronger clean energy policies, support for alternative transportation methods, a need for more effective stormwater management practices, and, overall, a lack of a strategic sustainability plan. We specifically address the need for community engagement and advocacy, especially as it relates to environmental injustice in low-resource communities.

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?

Community Advocacy

PEA is a community leader in bringing conservation-minded groups together to address climate challenges in our community. We have worked with the city of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County to adopt resolutions committing to 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Wth Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, PEA drafted and passed a resolution committing to energy-efficient school buildings, electric school buses, green schoolyards, and more environmental education programming. We work to address environmental justice by working with community groups affected by chemical pollution and water quality issues.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

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 stakeholders/stakeholder groups with whom communication has been achieved and expectations shared

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Through PEA's Sustainability Roundtables, we have assisted 100 participants in making new connections and, in several cases, launching collaborative initiatives.

Number of youth who consider the implications of their actions on others, their community, and the environment

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

PEA teaches environmental education programs to middle and high school students that equip young people with the knowledge and skills to make positive changes in their own lives and their community.

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.

Piedmont Environmental Alliance’s goals are to encourage sustainable practices on the part of individuals, businesses, and government. We focus on the areas of waste reduction, water and air quality, energy-efficient housing, sustainable transportation, and an equitable food system. Through environmental education programs , events, and community outreach, we seek to make sustainable practices “the new normal” for students and the general public.

The strategies PEA uses include building partnerships to create community power, advocating for sustainable policy on the city and county level, spearheading a green jobs initiative that offers a living wage to people with varied levels of education and experience, and presenting impactful environmental education programming that equip young people with the knowledge and skills to make positive changes in their own lives and in their community.

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

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Piedmont Environmental Alliance Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.81 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Piedmont Environmental Alliance Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Piedmont Environmental Alliance Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Piedmont Environmental Alliance Inc

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Piedmont Environmental Alliance Inc’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $27,377
As % of expenses 12.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $27,377
As % of expenses 12.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $248,438
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 28.8%
Membership dues 10.0%
Investment income 0.8%
Government grants 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 60.3%
Other revenue 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $221,061
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 66.5%
Professional fees 0.0%
Occupancy 0.0%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0%
All other expenses 33.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $221,061
One month of savings $18,422
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $239,483

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2023
Months of cash 7.2
Months of cash and investments 7.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 7.0
Balance sheet composition info 2023
Cash $132,627
Investments $0
Receivables $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.6%
Unrestricted net assets $129,143
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $129,143

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2023
Material data errors No


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

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Jamie Maier

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Piedmont Environmental Alliance Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Compensation data
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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Piedmont Environmental Alliance Inc

Board of directors
as of 08/09/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Ms. Shona Simpson

Freelance Writer

Board co-chair

Ms. Anna Marie Carr Reinhard

Wake Forest University

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/26/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/09/2023

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

  • 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 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.