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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We have a strategic planning process in 2024 and will produce a report by the end of the year.

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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

Population served info


Jewish people




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NTEE code info

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Climate change is the most urgent, overarching issue facing our planet and its inhabitants. Because the impacts are taking a toll both on Gods creation and poor and vulnerable communities, it taps into values that are shared by all major faith traditions. We serve people of all faith traditions, primarily in the United States, through educational and inspirational programs that encourage personal and collective action to reduce carbon emissions through energy stewardship, sustainable food and lands, and public policy advocacy.

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.

Population(s) Served

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.

Population(s) Served

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.

Population(s) Served

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

Population(s) Served

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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Where we work

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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Output - describing our activities and reach

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Number of congregations engaged in reducing carbon emissions

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Number of Congregations Participating in Faith Climate Action Week

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Faith Climate Action Week

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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 climate change 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 climate change 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 and our larger IPL network.

1. Maintain the excellence of the IPL Affiliated Network and strengthen existing state IPLs
2. Focus on building a 50-state presence through our 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 climate change will take all members of society
5. Strengthen the message of why a religious response to climate change is important and broaden the understanding of the role that the IPL plays by reaching people of faith and conscience directly and mobilizing them to act boldly on climate change.

1. IPL has a network of more than 22,000 congregations across the country, reaching nearly 500,000 people of faith and conscience and mobilizing them to act boldly on climate change through our educational programs
2. With over 36 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.

Since the year 2000, IPL has partnered with millions of people of faith and thousands of congregations to address climate change. Our mission is simple: IPL inspires and mobilizes people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate change.

IPLs members are taking action in their communities
We reached nearly 420,000 people for total engagement in Faith Climate Action Week in 2022
Around 11,292 voters received IPL's multi-issue Faithful Voter Reflection Guide
Supported 475 screenings across the country of Youth v. Gov to inspire congregations to take action on climate change
Host estimates of audience comes to 13,000 viewers in 2022
Mobilized 12,954 grassroots action takers
People of faith and conscience providing testimony at EPA rule hearings - 26
Coordinated the submission of over 7,000 comments on federal rule-making processes
Supported 2117 solar congregations nationwide collectively preventing tons of CO2 annually
Religious voters texted and encouraged to vote in GA, MI, and PA - 519,000, with an additional 200,940 texted in the GA runoff
IPL volunteers reached out to 730,000 faith voters
Hundreds attended or viewed six digital campaign events before and after the election.

In 2022, Cool Congregations engagement exceeded expectations of a 10% increase and increased by 79% from 2021. One congregation of color was chosen as the Cool Congregation Planner Winner. Kidane Mehret Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Tucson, Arizona. Another congregation that was certified is the Lutheran Church of Honolulu. We had three program-related webinars in 2022. Due to the popularity of our Faith Climate Action Week feature film, we hosted a webinar with youth activities and had 609 participants register. This past summer, we also hosted our Summer Solstice webinar on solar financing and had 417 participants register for the webinar. Lastly, with the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), we have been able to access even more information about energy efficiency funding for congregations and hosted an introductory webinar in Dec 2022.

How we listen

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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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.74 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

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Average of 5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

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Average of 16% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

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The Regeneration Project

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$633,058 $38,146 $16,586 $162,326 -$306,989
As % of expenses -42.2% 2.7% 1.1% 11.9% -13.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$635,985 $35,501 $14,873 $160,553 -$306,989
As % of expenses -42.3% 2.6% 1.0% 11.8% -13.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $873,913 $1,774,314 $1,392,074 $1,563,526 $2,453,020
Total revenue, % change over prior year -37.6% 103.0% -21.5% 12.3% 56.9%
Program services revenue 1.4% 1.8% 2.5% 1.8% 0.7%
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 6.3% 10.4% 9.4% 7.5% 2.6%
All other grants and contributions 90.6% 86.9% 87.3% 90.8% 96.7%
Other revenue 1.6% 1.0% 0.8% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,499,275 $1,387,838 $1,492,046 $1,361,915 $2,223,006
Total expenses, % change over prior year 1.4% -7.4% 7.5% -8.7% 63.2%
Personnel 50.1% 47.0% 45.4% 56.7% 40.3%
Professional fees 10.6% 11.8% 23.3% 14.3% 16.2%
Occupancy 7.4% 9.8% 6.3% 6.8% 4.4%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 20.7% 19.9% 17.5% 13.7% 22.8%
All other expenses 11.2% 11.6% 7.5% 8.6% 16.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,502,202 $1,390,483 $1,493,759 $1,363,688 $2,223,006
One month of savings $124,940 $115,653 $124,337 $113,493 $185,251
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,627,142 $1,506,136 $1,618,096 $1,477,181 $2,408,257

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.0 6.3 5.8 7.1 4.5
Months of cash and investments 2.0 6.3 5.8 7.1 4.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.0 1.4 1.5 3.0 0.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $248,249 $728,902 $717,140 $804,382 $842,179
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $368,897 $301,358 $156,104 $270,771 $492,634
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $28,949 $28,949 $27,809 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 78.8% 88.0% 93.6% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 24.4% 18.9% 12.9% 10.3% 15.4%
Unrestricted net assets $134,909 $170,410 $185,283 $345,836 $38,847
Temporarily restricted net assets $375,569 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $375,569 $723,899 $607,341 $646,626 $1,183,629
Total net assets $510,478 $894,309 $792,624 $992,462 $1,222,476

Key data checks

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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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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 02/22/2024
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Board chair

Melissa Gavin

Rev. Dr. Gerald L. Durley

Board Emeritus - Providence Missionary Baptist Church

Rev. Susan Hendershot

President, Interfaith Power & Light

Fred Scherlinder Dobb

Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation

Melissa Gavin

RE-AMP Network

Sam Schuchat

California Coastal Conservancy

Gregory Lopez

Social and Environmental Impact Consultant

Rev. Melanine B. Mullen

The Episcopal Church

Rev. Vy Nguyen

Week of Compassion

Codi Norred

Georgia Interfaith Power & Light

Gopal Patel

Bhumi Global

Sarah Spengeman

Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology, LLC

Joshua Low

Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/14/2024

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The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/22/2024

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Policies and processes
  • 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.


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