aka CCAN   |   Takoma Park, MD   |
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EIN: 11-3644283


The mission of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is to build a diverse movement powerful enough to put our region on the path to climate stability, while using our proximity to the nation’s capital to inspire action in neighboring states, around the country, and across the world. CCAN is the largest and oldest grassroots organization dedicated exclusively to fighting for bold and just solutions to climate change in the Chesapeake region of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. We also know that a vibrant democracy is central to our success and we work to defend democratic integrity wherever we can.

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Executive Director

Mike Tidwell

Main address

P.O. Box 11138

Takoma Park, MD 20913 USA

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Subject area info

Environmental justice

Climate change

Energy resources

Energy efficiency

Community and economic development

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Population served info



Low-income people


NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

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

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The world’s top scientists have made it clear - we have until 2030 to avert climate catastrophe. The solution - cutting global greenhouse gas emissions in half to keep the average global warming temperature to only 1.5 degrees C. If we continue on a business-as-usual path, we will experience global temperature rise between 3.7 to 4.8° C higher than pre‐industrial levels by 2100. A drastic increase in global temperatures will trigger severe and widespread impacts. Avoiding the worst of these impacts will require a dramatic and equitable switch to clean energy within the next decade at every level - state, local, national, and international. To achieve this we need to develop a fossil fuel resistance to keep fossil fuel reserves in the ground. We also need to ensure that communities that have been historically targeted by the fossil fuel industry, and those on the frontlines of climate change, are at the center of the solutions.

Our programs

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Offshore Wind and Onshore Jobs

As part of a coalition of climate advocates, CCAN helped pass the Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022, committing Maryland to reduce climate pollution by 60% by 2031. Developing more clean energy-especially offshore wind- in Maryland will be key to meeting that goal.

Offshore wind is Maryland’s most abundant energy resource and the next few years offer a huge opportunity. Maryland has the opportunity to become the East Coast manufacturing hub for this growing industry, putting the state at the forefront of the clean energy transition and reducing our reliance on harmful fossil fuels.

Population(s) Served

Fossil fuels pose direct harm to our water, air, health, and climate. We are organizing in Maryland to stop the development of new fossil fuel infrastructure. From new power plants, pipelines, compressor stations, or other significant infrastructure projects related to the extraction, transport, and combustion of fossil fuels.

Population(s) Served

Big Gas wants to build huge new fracked-gas pipelines – one through the Blue Ridge and Appalachian regions of Virginia and West Virginia called the Mountain Valley Pipeline, and the other through the heart of Central Virginia called the Chickahominy Pipeline. These pipelines are being built with a lifetime of 40 years and will lock us into dirty energy for decades, hinged on an untested reappropriation to hydrogen gas distribution. This is NOT the future we need and it flies in the face of the Commonwealth’s historic clean energy standards. From fueling toxic fracking, to destroying our shared waterways, to polluting majority Black neighborhoods, to leaking heat-­trapping methane, this pipeline would harm our communities and our climate every step of the way. We just stopped the Atlantic Coast Pipeline – a HUGE victory – but the fight continues.

Population(s) Served

In the U.S., the Hampton Roads region is second only to New Orleans as home to the most people at greatest risk from flooding caused by rising sea levels. Residents are already seeing the consequences, as they are living on the front lines of climate impacts driven by fossil fuel industry pollution. Chronic flooding is forcing the raising of homes, roadways, and naval infrastructure, and it’s only getting worse. Scientists predict that sea levels could rise by as much as seven feet within this century. In the event of a major storm, there is no effective plan to evacuate and shelter residents, even as warming ocean temperatures and longer hurricane seasons increase the risk of superstorms like Sandy.

We need flooding solutions now and the policies that are going to be put in place must be looked at and thought out through a lens of justice; otherwise, underserved communities will almost certainly be left behind.

Population(s) Served

Transportation is vital. High-quality, reliable public transit service is essential for Virginians to access their jobs, schooling, healthcare, education, and shopping needs. Yet it’s often expensive and inaccessible in the places that need it most. And it’s Virginia’s biggest single source of greenhouse gases and other toxic pollutants. We believe that we can transform Virginia’s transit sector from a major cause of climate change to part of the solution, while improving social justice at the same time. It’s time to say yes to electric vehicles, especially large fleets. And it’s time to say yes to fostering communities where people can walk, ride free public transit and reduce the overall vehicle miles traveled. It’s time for Mobility for All.

Population(s) Served

Building electrification would benefit community members by giving them access to cleaner air, healthier homes, good jobs, affordable clean energy, and energy efficiency to reduce monthly energy bills while helping the state meet its climate goals. We’ve been pushing for statewide reform, along with fighting for local bills on a county level. We first passed a bill to electrify new buildings in Montgomery County. Now we’re setting our sights on Howard County. Soon, we’ll go statewide

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the first grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to fighting global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. At CCAN, we envision an equitable energy future where efficiency and truly clean sources of power — solar and wind — sustain every aspect of our lives, and dirty fossil fuels are phased out; where communities sacrificed to the fossil fuel industry – from South Baltimore to Southwest Virginia and beyond – have the freedom to decide where their energy comes from and how it’s used; and where we’ve kept the increase in the global average temperature below 1.5 degrees Celsius, protecting the most vulnerable communities in our region and the world from the worst impacts of climate change. \n\nMore specifically,we are working to expand, deepen, and diversify our base of supporters and the coalitions with which we collaborate. We aim to educate individuals and lawmakers about policies and programs that help us:\n 1. Stop new fossil fuel projects in their tracks;\n 2. Put our region on an equitable path to cut emissions through means such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, and transportation reform;\n 3. Continually broaden and deepen the movement of people calling for ambitious solutions to the climate crisis.

To achieve our goals we're finding innovative ways to work with allies for a swift and just transition to a clean energy future that benefits everyone. We work side-by-side with local community groups right here in our region to make the case to our leaders that we can--and must--cut climate pollution in half by 2030. Together, we take on our region's biggest polluters, including fighting an unpopular wave of new fossil fuel projects to ensure we keep fossil fuels in the ground. Just as importantly, we work to incentivize our economy’s shift to clean sources of energy, such as wind and solar power. Together, we attack the systemic problems that got us here in the first place - including the fossil fuel industry’s stronghold on our political process. \n\nAs we move forward, we will continue to grow our base of supporters, utilize our online list to take action, and develop more on-the-ground leaders. We are also working to expand our coalition to non-traditional allies to ensure that our campaigns are community-led and long-lasting.\n\nOver the next several years, we will be working to stop new natural gas pipelines proposed in the region. We will also educate our lawmakers on policies that will bring 100% clean energy, reliable jobs, and environmental justice to the region. \n\nWe are building a movement that includes everyone and reflects the diversity of our region; a movement that empowers people to become their own leaders, and that isn't afraid to take bold, creative steps to win. We'll continue to set groundbreaking local policies for clean energy in Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C., while we use our proximity to the nation's capital to make our voices heard in the halls of Congress, the White House, and across the world.

CCAN considers our biggest and best resources to be the talented organizers and policy advocates we employ, the activists they mobilize, and the decision-makers who are inspired by our efforts and take bold actions for the climate.\n \nCCAN has six grassroots organizers dispersed across the region, and policy advocates leading in Maryland, Virginia, and Capitol Hill. We have over 70,000 supporters on our email list and hundreds who take action through each of our campaigns. We have a central leadership team with over 30 years of collective experience who provide visionary direction along with nuts-and-bolts support. And, we have a committed and talented communications team of two to ensure our work is amplified across all channels of media. \n\nDecision-makers in the region take note of our strength and often follow our lead toward solutions-oriented climate policies. We are known for our creativity, our tenacity, and our wide breadth of relationships in Maryland, Virginia, DC, and climate leaders across the United States. We work in partnership with frontline communities impacted by the changing climate as well as professional environmental groups in the region for nearly all of our efforts. These partnerships, coalitions, and networks are critical to seeing success in our region. They also ensure a diversity of voices are heard by our leaders and elected officials.\n \nAdditionally, CCAN's budget is strong and diverse. We are actively working to increase the percentage of our budget from individuals to reach an even more stable source of funding. We also have regional grantmakers who are extremely committed to CCAN and our work.

In Washington, DC, CCAN played a key leadership role in the DC Climate coalition to pass the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act. The law transitions the District to 100% clean renewable energy by 2032, while investing in energy efficiency, creating groundbreaking building standards, and funding local programs to help low-income residents and make the city a sustainable place to live.\n \nIn Maryland, we've made great strides toward the clean energy future we envision. Since 2017, we’ve banned fracking across the state, passed legislation in Baltimore to put an end to new crude-oil train terminals, passed the 2019 Clean Energy Jobs Act which will create more than 20,000 jobs and increase the state Renewable Portfolio Standard to 50% by 2030, and put us on the path to 100% by 2040, and we have been working to reduce state house greenhouse gas emissions while also carrying out our “No New Fossil Fuels” campaign.\n\nIn Virginia, we have persistently organized to loosen Dominion’s stranglehold on the state’s legislature and put an end to reckless fossil fuel projects across the state. Since 2017, federal courts have thrown out multiple permits for the Atlantic Coast (ACP) and Mountain Valley (MVP) pipelines, and in 2020 we succeeded when the ACP was halted. Our legal and grassroots actions against new fossil fuel infrastructure have halted and/or delayed the construction of numerous projects over the years. Additionally, over the past couple of years, CCAN and partners successfully advocated for 60% clean electricity by 2036 and to determine the best way to get to 100% shortly after, and to put in place standards to make it easier to purchase electric vehicles.\n\nOn Capitol Hill, we are taking our nearly two decades of experience successfully advocating at the state level and mobilizing our grassroots support to promote federal action toward 100% clean electricity.


Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2021 CCAN Audit Report for FY21
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Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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Liquidity in 2022 info

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Average of 9.59 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

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Average of 6.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

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Average of 18% over 10 years

Funding sources info

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Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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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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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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This snapshot of CHESAPEAKE CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK’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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Profitability info 2017 2018 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $140,912 $115,753 $207,774 $585,992 -$67,903
As % of expenses 10.5% 8.1% 11.7% 37.1% -3.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $135,386 $110,652 $207,774 $585,992 -$68,133
As % of expenses 10.0% 7.7% 11.7% 37.1% -3.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,208,048 $1,690,091 $2,497,274 $2,207,802 $2,158,684
Total revenue, % change over prior year -21.6% 39.9% 0.0% -11.6% -2.2%
Program services revenue 0.0% 6.9% 8.9% 12.0% 19.6%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.3% 0.4% 0.3% 0.3% 0.4%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 7.9% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.4% 91.2% 90.2% 77.5% 79.5%
Other revenue 0.3% 1.4% 0.6% 2.3% 0.6%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,345,433 $1,427,298 $1,775,700 $1,581,328 $2,275,677
Total expenses, % change over prior year 3.0% 6.1% 0.0% -10.9% 43.9%
Personnel 66.3% 67.9% 58.4% 81.9% 81.1%
Professional fees 3.4% 2.9% 1.0% 0.8% 6.1%
Occupancy 7.1% 6.9% 6.0% 6.0% 4.6%
Interest 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 4.2% 9.1% 0.0% 0.2%
All other expenses 23.1% 18.0% 25.6% 11.3% 8.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,350,959 $1,432,399 $1,775,700 $1,581,328 $2,275,907
One month of savings $112,119 $118,942 $147,975 $131,777 $189,640
Debt principal payment $6,290 $0 $0 $174,856 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,910
Total full costs (estimated) $1,469,368 $1,551,341 $1,923,675 $1,887,961 $2,472,457

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 4.0 4.2 10.2 13.1 8.4
Months of cash and investments 6.4 6.9 12.9 17.6 10.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.9 4.7 7.8 13.2 8.8
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2020 2021 2022
Cash $444,383 $503,307 $1,504,326 $1,724,042 $1,598,904
Investments $278,410 $321,342 $400,092 $600,637 $464,459
Receivables $30,000 $176,972 $304,130 $459,729 $424,139
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $28,731 $28,731 $28,731 $28,731 $31,642
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 70.2% 87.9% 100.0% 100.0% 78.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 6.7% 3.2% 10.6% 1.7% 2.7%
Unrestricted net assets $446,284 $556,936 $1,159,350 $1,745,342 $1,677,209
Temporarily restricted net assets $274,259 $435,029 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $274,259 $435,029 $823,678 $1,007,838 $808,731
Total net assets $720,543 $991,965 $1,983,028 $2,753,180 $2,485,940

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2020 2021 2022
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Executive Director

Mike Tidwell

Mike Tidwell is founder and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the impacts and solutions associated with global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.. He is also an author and filmmaker who predicted in vivid detail the Katrina hurricane disaster in his 2003 book Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana’s Cajun Coast. His most recent book, focusing on Katrina and global warming, is titled The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Race to Save America’s Coastal Cities. His 2004 documentary film, We Are All Smith Islanders, vividly depicts the dangers of global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. A long-time resident of Maryland, Tidwell lives in Takoma Park with his wife Beth and son Sasha.

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Board of directors
as of 02/03/2023
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Board chair

April Moore

Ted Rouse

President of Healthy Planet LLC

Lise Van Susteren

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University

Charlie Garlow

Air Enforcement Attorney at U.S. EPA

Terence Ellen

Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist for Social Justice

Reverend Terence Lennox Yearwood

President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus

Sat Jiwan Ikle-Khalsa

President of Save Our Sky Home Heating Cooperative

Monique Sullivan


David Goodrich


Andres Jimenez

Director of Green 2.0

Natalie Pien

Jessica Sims

Virginia Field Coordinator for Appalachian Voices

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 ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No