The Regeneration Project

A Religious Response to Global Warming

aka Interfaith Power & Light   |   Oakland, CA   |
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The Regeneration Project

EIN: 94-3335236


Interfaith Power and Light inspires and mobilizes people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate change. IPL's goal is to help people of faith recognize and fulfill their responsibility for the stewardship of creation. We do this through education, advocacy, and action on climate change. IPL programs for clergy and congregations achieve tangible environmental results and impact public policy.

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Rev. Susan B. Hendershot

Executive Director

Ms. Susan Stephenson

Main address

672 13th Street Suite 100

Oakland, CA 94612 USA

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Subject area info


Climate change

Energy resources

Energy efficiency

Renewable energy

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Jewish people




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Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Faith Climate Action Week

Faith Climate Action Week is ten days in April during Earth Month when IPL congregations focus on how we can all take action to protect our climate. This events-based program encourages all faith groups to discuss the spiritual side of climate change at services, while also pushing for greater support from local and national policymakers. At, groups have access to downloadable sermons, postcards and other resources.

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People of faith across the country are doing their part to prevent global warming in their own homes and places of worship through the Cool Congregations program, and saving hundreds of dollars in the process. Cool Congregations is a stewardship program designed to help congregations engage their members in caring for Creation by reducing their individual greenhouse gas emissions.

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Cool Harvest is a food, faith, and climate program for congregations brought to you by Interfaith Power & Light. The "Enjoy a Cool Harvest" guide will help you plan and host a potluck gathering. As you will learn, the foods that are healthier for the planet are also healthier for our bodies. You will also be able to download the spring "Sow a Cool Harvest" guide for planning and creating sustainable vegetable gardens.

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Carbon Covenant is Interfaith Power & Light’s program to support faith communities on the front lines of climate change. The number one source of carbon emissions in the developing world is deforestation, and faith communities from Cambodia to the slopes of Kilimanjaro are taking proactive steps to protect their forests and build sustainable communities. Buddhist monks patrol forests to ward off illegal logging and poaching, and African faith communities are teaching sustainable livelihoods and reforesting degraded lands. U.S. faith communities can become sister congregations and support these conservation efforts, building interfaith and international solidarity and promoting justice. Individuals can support them by making donations or “gifts of trees” in honor of a friend or loved one. See

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The Faith Climate Justice Voter Campaign is a nonpartisan Interfaith Power & Light-led campaign and includes several faith and climate partners. This campaign is focused on engaging and mobilizing faith voters to communicate their values of caring for Creation and loving our neighbors through voting. Together, we can express our values of ensuring a livable planet for our children and that everyone is cared for. See

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Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

1. Maintain a vibrant grassroots network of state organizations that are working independently and collectively to build a religious response to global warming and achieve concrete results, such as lowering carbon emissions, impacting public policy, and educating congregants and clergy.
2. To increase the public's awareness of global warming and to help congregational leaders develop concrete solutions for how they and their congregants can address the issue
3. To ensure that the voice of the religious community is heard in policy-making and to leverage our grassroots base to support clean energy and climate protection policies
4.To increase the long-term sustainability of the state affiliates.

1. Maintain the excellence of the IPL Affiliated Network and strengthen existing state IPLs
2. Focus on building a 50-state presence, if not necessarily 50 state affiliates.
3. Increase national office staff dedicated to supporting the Affiliated IPL Network
4. Continue to carry out our work in coalition with strategic partners, recognizing that solving global warming will take all members of society
5. Strengthen the message of why a religious response to global warming is important and broaden the understanding of the role that the IPL campaign plays

1. IPL has a network of more than 22,000 congregations across the country.
2. With 40 state affiliates, IPL is able to tackle national issues as well as local issues.
3. With 22 years of experience, is the leading faith-based organization addressing climate change in the United States. With this experience, we have developed strong relationships with elected officials, other environmental organizations, and thousands of faith leaders.

A Snapshot of IPL’s Impact

IPL’s members are taking action in their communities…
• 900+ sermons during Faith Climate Action Week in 2021
• Supported 1,250+ solar congregations nationwide collectively preventing 104,000 tons of CO2 annually
• 9 new certified Cool Congregations preventing 770 tons of CO2 annually
• 54 certified Cool Congregations preventing 1,970 tons of CO2 annually
•10k+ viewers of Kiss the Ground film, with 530 webinar participants with the filmmaker and IPL community garden experts
• 33,000+ advocacy messages, speakers at hearings, & meetings with policymakers
• 150+ advocacy captains
• 9,100+ grassroots action takers

We have been successful in reaching a greater number of faith communities every year in all of our national programs. Since it began in 2010, the Preach-In on Climate Change has increased by 178% with 3200 congregations participating and reaching 1.3 million people nationally. Over 150,000 postcards have been delivered to the president and elected representatives. Through our Cool Harvest Program, we have distributed 1020 Cool Harvest Kits and 800 congregations participated in the Cool Potluck and Movie - fun way to learn about the food, faith, climate connection. Participation in our Cool Congregations Challenge has increased by 138% in the four years since the challenge started, with over 300 entries to date. In 2014, we announced our first 20 Certified Cool Congregations. These congregations averaged a 42% reduction in greenhouse gases and are jointly preventing 2.2 million pounds of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere every year.

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Liquidity in 2021 info

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Average of 5.09 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

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Average of 5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

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Average of 16% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

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The Regeneration Project

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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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Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of The Regeneration Project’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 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$26,353 -$633,058 $38,146 $16,586 $162,326
As % of expenses -1.8% -42.2% 2.7% 1.1% 11.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$29,454 -$635,985 $35,501 $14,873 $160,553
As % of expenses -2.0% -42.3% 2.6% 1.0% 11.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,400,947 $873,913 $1,774,314 $1,392,074 $1,563,526
Total revenue, % change over prior year 71.4% -37.6% 103.0% -21.5% 12.3%
Program services revenue 1.0% 1.4% 1.8% 2.5% 1.8%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 6.3% 10.4% 9.4% 7.5%
All other grants and contributions 97.8% 90.6% 86.9% 87.3% 90.8%
Other revenue 1.2% 1.6% 1.0% 0.8% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,478,789 $1,499,275 $1,387,838 $1,492,046 $1,361,915
Total expenses, % change over prior year -5.0% 1.4% -7.4% 7.5% -8.7%
Personnel 46.4% 50.1% 47.0% 45.4% 56.7%
Professional fees 7.3% 10.6% 11.8% 23.3% 14.3%
Occupancy 6.8% 7.4% 9.8% 6.3% 6.8%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 28.7% 20.7% 19.9% 17.5% 13.7%
All other expenses 10.8% 11.2% 11.6% 7.5% 8.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,481,890 $1,502,202 $1,390,483 $1,493,759 $1,363,688
One month of savings $123,232 $124,940 $115,653 $124,337 $113,493
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,605,122 $1,627,142 $1,506,136 $1,618,096 $1,477,181

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Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 3.7 2.0 6.3 5.8 7.1
Months of cash and investments 3.7 2.0 6.3 5.8 7.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.2 1.0 1.4 1.5 3.0
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $457,708 $248,249 $728,902 $717,140 $804,382
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $883,064 $368,897 $301,358 $156,104 $270,771
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $32,578 $28,949 $28,949 $27,809 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 72.2% 78.8% 88.0% 93.6% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 17.8% 24.4% 18.9% 12.9% 10.3%
Unrestricted net assets $770,894 $134,909 $170,410 $185,283 $345,836
Temporarily restricted net assets $367,873 $375,569 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $367,873 $375,569 $723,899 $607,341 $646,626
Total net assets $1,138,767 $510,478 $894,309 $792,624 $992,462

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

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Rev. Susan B. Hendershot

Prior to becoming President of The Regeneration Project, known as Interfaith Power & Light, Rev. Hendershot served as the Executive Director at Iowa Interfaith Power & Light for seven years. She is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with an M. Div. from Emory University in Atlanta, a B.A. from Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia, and a certificate in Spiritual Direction. Prior to Iowa IPL, Rev. Hendershot served as a pastor in both Disciples of Christ and United Methodist congregations, focusing on social justice ministries. She also served as the first Heartland Field Organizer for the ONE Campaign on global poverty. Currently, Rev. Hendershot serves as co-chair of the Executive Committee for the RE-AMP Steering Committee, a network of over 170 climate, energy, and environmental organizations throughout the Midwest. Rev. Hendershot believes that climate change is a moral issue, disproportionately impacting those who are most vulnerable in our world.

Executive Director

Susan Stephenson

Susan oversees The Regeneration Project, known as Interfaith Power & Light. Susan has over 15 years experience developing and implementing issue-advocacy and electoral campaigns for environmental and other public interest organizations. Prior to joining Interfaith Power and Light, she served as vice president of the Oakland-based campaign consulting firm The Next Generation. Beginning in 1999, she organized and coordinated the California Global Warming Campaign, which implemented a proactive strategy resulting in several landmark legislative victories. She has been involved with California Interfaith Power & Light since its inception in 2000. Susan received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of North Carolina.

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Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley

The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham

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Rev. Dr. Gerald L. Durley

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Rev. Susan Hendershot

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Fred Scherlinder Dobb

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Melissa Gavin

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Climate and Energy Advocacy Consultant

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 ? 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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

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