The 2030 Fund was a left-of-center environmentalist climate change advocacy organization affiliated with the controversial Public Interest Network of left-of-center. Its name was a reference to a claim that the world will reach an environmental “point of no return” in 2030, when the global average temperature rises 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-Industrial Revolution levels, supposedly precipitating widespread climate disasters. 1
Kirk Weinert was the president of the 2030 Fund. His bio page on the Public Interest Network, where he works as a senior writer and advisor in the “Development” and “Editorial and Creative” departments, describes him as “the in-house expert on polling, data analysis and reporting, small donor fundraising strategy, ballot measures and democracy issues.” 2
Weinert also regularly blogs on Medium.com, primarily about environmentalist issues. 3
In 2008, the 2030 Fund depleted its net assets from $1,173,051 to $11,417, largely by distributing $886,000 through two separate grants: the “Progressive Future Grant” ($100,000) and the “Environment America Grant” ($786,000). 4 The organization did not file a 990 Form with the IRS during any subsequent year,5 and is presumed to be inactive.
- “Planet has only until 2030 to stem catastrophic climate change, study warns.” CNN.com. Accessed December 11, 2019. https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/07/world/climate-change-new-ipcc-report-wxc/index.html.
- “Kirk Weinert.” Public Interest Network. Accessed December 11, 2019. https://publicinterestnetwork.org/our-staff.html.
- “Kirk Weinert.” Medium.com. Accessed December 11, 2019. https://firstname.lastname@example.org.
- “Return on Organization Exempt from Taxes 2008 (Form 990EO).” 2030 Fund. Accessed December 11, 2019. https://990s.foundationcenter.org/990_pdf_archive/770/770283794/770283794_200906_990EO.pdf.
- “909 Finder.” Candid.org. Accessed December 11, 2019. https://990finder.foundationcenter.org/990results.aspx?990_type=&fn=2030+fund&st=&zp=&ei=&fy=&action=Search.