Non-profit

Center for Coalfield Justice

Website:

www.coalfieldjustice.org

Location:

WASHINGTON, PA

Tax ID:

25-1781592

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2018):

Revenue: $164,028
Expenses: $267,726
Assets: $154,261

Type:

Environmental Activist Group

Executive Director:

Veronica Coptis

The Center for Coalfield Justice is a left-of-center environmentalist organization that opposes the development of conventional energy projects in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. The organization has a long history of opposition to coal mining in Pennsylvania. [1]

History

The Center for Coalfield Justice was established in 1994 to oppose the development of coal mining in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. At the time, the organization operated under the name “Tri-State Citizens Mining Network.” In 2007, the group re-organized under the Center for Coalfield Justice name and expanded the group’s organizational mission to oppose the development of all conventional sources of energy, advocating instead the growth of environmentalist energy projects. [2]

Finances

In 2019, the Center for Coalfield Justice received $163,806 in contributions and $164,028 in total revenue. [3] [4] The Center also incurred $267,726 in expenses and reported $147,827 in net assets. [5] [6]

The Center for Coalfield Justice has received financial support from a number of left-of-center organizations. In 2019, the Center for Coalfield Justice received $150,000 from the New Venture Fund, a left-of-center grantmaking foundation;[7] $50,000 from the Amalgamated Charitable Foundation, the grantmaking arm of the Service Employees International Union-owned Amalgamated Bank;[8] and $20,079 from Rachel’s Network, an environmentalist grantmaking organization. [9]

Tactics

The Center for Coalfield Justice operates by generating local opposition to non-renewable energy projects. After developing support for its campaigns, the organization uses this support to organize public hearings on energy development projects, request meetings with energy regulatory agencies and legislators, and challenge permits that allow energy companies to move forward with conventional energy projects. [10]

The Center for Coalfield Justice has led campaigns to protest and impede the development of the Bailey Coal Mine in Graysville, Pennsylvania,[11] as well as campaigns that oppose the creation of new deposit sites for coal refuse from that coal mine. [12]

The organization has also opposed the development of a new coal mine in Mingo Creek Park in Nottingham, Pennsylvania. [13] The Center for Coalfield Justice has praised Protectors of Mingo, an organization devoted solely to opposing mineral extraction at the site, for delaying permits for the coal mine. The Center for Coalfield Justice has given Protectors of Mingo credit for delaying the construction of the mine since 2013 by opposing its permits with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. [14]

Leadership

Veronica Coptis is the executive director of the Center for Coalfield Justice. Prior to joining the staff in 2013, Coptis sat on the board of the Center for Coalfield Justice while organizing for the Mountain Watershed Association. [15]

References

  1. “Campaigns” Center for Coalfield Justice. https://www.coalfieldjustice.org/campaigns ^
  2. “What We Do” Center for Coalfield Justice. https://www.coalfieldjustice.org/what-we-do ^
  3. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Center for Coalfield Justice. Part I, lines 8-10. 2019. ^
  4. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Center for Coalfield Justice. Part I, line 12. 2019. ^
  5. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Center for Coalfield Justice. Part I, line 18. 2019. ^
  6. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Center for Coalfield Justice. Part I, line 22. 2019. ^
  7. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Schedule I.  New Venture Fund. Part II, line 87. 2019. ^
  8. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Schedule I. Amalgamated Charitable Foundation. Part II, line 47. 2019. ^
  9. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Schedule I. Rachel’s Network.  Schedule I. Part II, line 4. 2019. ^
  10. “What We Do” Center for Coalfield Justice. https://www.coalfieldjustice.org/what-we-do ^
  11. “Campaigns” Center for Coalfield Justice. https://www.coalfieldjustice.org/campaigns ^
  12. “Campaigns” Center for Coalfield Justice. https://www.coalfieldjustice.org/campaigns ^
  13. “Campaigns” Center for Coalfield Justice. https://www.coalfieldjustice.org/campaigns ^
  14. Martik, Sarah. “Protectors of Mingo stall Mine Permit for Six Years” Center for Coalfield Justice. May 9, 2019. Accessed May 16, 2021. https://www.coalfieldjustice.org/blog/2019/5/28/protectors-of-mingo-stall-mine-permit-for-six-years ^
  15. “Veronica Coptis” Center for Coalfield Justice. https://www.coalfieldjustice.org/blog/2019/7/31/veronica-coptis-executive-director ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: June - May
  • Tax Exemption Received: June 1, 2000

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2018 Jun Form 990 $164,028 $267,726 $154,261 $6,434 N $163,806 $0 $222 $58,000 PDF
    2017 Dec Form 990EZ $55,665 $129,602 $254,865 $3,340 $0 $0 $0 $0
    2016 Dec Form 990 $379,683 $275,244 $331,219 $5,757 N $379,351 $0 $332 $50,000 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990EZ $90,411 $302,689 $228,661 $4,053 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990EZ $18,794 $231,650 $443,800 $6,914 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $555,869 $227,656 $656,508 $6,766 N $555,173 $0 $411 $51,200 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $384,453 $214,239 $326,140 $4,611 N $382,781 $0 $465 $48,500 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $121,650 $255,999 $154,404 $3,089 N $117,080 $0 $1,154 $23,327 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Center for Coalfield Justice

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