Also see League of Conservation Voters (nonprofit)
The League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (LCVEF) is the educational arm of the League of Conservation Voters, an environmentalist advocacy group that endorses left-wing candidates for public office. It seeks to educate the public on environmental issues and build support for its agenda. Like all tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofits, LCVEF is officially nonpartisan in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; but its activities are arguably often made in support of politically active organizations, such as its League of Conservation Voters affiliate.
Among the issues the Education Fund promotes are opposition to the use of fossil fuel energy sources. They also support the use of more expensive and less efficient “renewables” such as solar and wind. They are also opposed to the construction of energy infrastructure. Finally, they are opposed to resource extraction projects such as mining.
The organization is responsible for training progressive activists and educating them on environmental issues. The LCV Education Fund claims it has engaged some 60,000 volunteers through its grassroots activism. The organization also networks with other progressive organizations and activists.
It cooperates with other progressive organizations on issues that may not have anything to do with the environment such as opposition to voter identification laws. In 2017, the organization issued a statement opposing a border wall.
The organization conducts opinion polls and surveys. It uses online petitions to promote certain messages. For example, it has circulated an online petition to urge UPS to pull its support of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative policy shop.
The LCV Education Fund has dozens of state affiliates. Among the most prominent state affiliates are those in California, New Jersey, Maryland, and Connecticut. Most states that have a chapter of the LCV have a state chapter of the education fund as well.
Donations to the LCV Education Fund are tax deductible. In 2013, the organization raised $9.1 million and spent $7.7 million. The organization had $8.5 million in assets.
The organization receives most of its donations from foundations. In 2015, it received $1,000 from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Since 2000, it has received donations from the Brainerd Foundation. In 2014, a Colorado newspaper claimed that the organization received $9 million from the Sea Change Foundation in 2010 and 2011. The organization also received a combined $3 million from the Marisla Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Tides Foundation, and the Energy Foundation between 2010 and 2012.
The LCV Education Fund does not support or oppose candidates for office. Instead, it works with other activists to promote the environmental issues they are campaigning on. It has online petition drives where it encourages people to sign up for various issues and the petitions are forwarded to the appropriate lawmakers. It also registers people to vote.
The group works with the various LCV state chapters and awards grants to support their operations.
In 2013, the organization spent $3.3 million on climate change education campaigns. Among the expenditures is a $2.7 million grant to the parent League of Conservation Voters.