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.1
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.2 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.3 In 2017, the organization issued a statement opposing a border wall.4
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.5
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.6 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.7 Since 2000, it has received donations from the Brainerd Foundation.8 In 2014, a Colorado newspaper claimed that the organization received $9 million from the Sea Change Foundation in 2010 and 2011.9 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.
In September 2021, the LCVEF received a $5 million grant from the Bezos Earth Fund. The grant was part of a $203.7 million package of grants and pledges given out to “advance climate justice” and fund climate change activism. 10
The LCV Education Fund does not support or oppose candidates for office. Instead, it works with other activists to promote the environmental issues they are campaigning on. It has online petition drives where it encourages people to sign up for various issues and the petitions are forwarded to the appropriate lawmakers. It also registers people to vote.
The group works with the various LCV state chapters and awards grants to support their operations.
Opposition to Nuclear Energy
Nuclear power plants produce no carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gas emissions, and as of 2021 accounted for 20 percent of American electricity production—the largest source of zero carbon electricity in the United States. 12 An October 2018 proposal from The Nature Conservancy noted that zero-carbon nuclear plants produced 7.8 percent of total world energy output and recommended reducing carbon emissions by increasing nuclear capacity to 33 percent of total world energy output. 13
The League of Conservation Voters was one of more than 100 co-signatories on a November 2020 letter to the U.S. Senate that expressed opposition to S. 4897, the “American Nuclear Infrastructure Act of 2020.” The letter stated that nuclear power “amplifies and expands the dangers of climate change” and denounced it as an example of “false solutions to the climate crisis that perpetuate our reliance on dirty energy industries.” The letter was signed by Matthew Davis, who was identified as the legislative director for the LCV. 14
The League of Conservation Voters Education Fund makes yearly support grants to the state-level branches of the League of Conservation Voters, but also gives large sums to other left-leaning political organizations. 15 16 17 18
|Grant Recipient||Year||Amount ($)|
|THE ALASKA CENTER EDUCATION FUND||2016||90,000|
|CONSERVATION ALABAMA FOUNDATION INC||2016||30,000|
|CALIFORNIA LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND||2016||35,000|
|CONSERVATION COLORADO EDUCATION FUND||2016||115,000|
|CONNECTICUT LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND INC||2016||35,000|
|CONSERVATION VOTERS OF PENNSYLVANIA||2016||232,653|
|CONSERVATION VOTERS FOR IDAHO INC||2016||12,500|
|CONSERVATION VOTERS FOR IDAHO EDUCATION FUND INC||2016||82,500|
|CONSERVATION VOTERS NEW MEXICO EDUCATION FUND||2016||255,000|
|CONSERVATION VOTERS OF SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATION FUND||2016||40,000|
|FLORIDA CONSERVATION ALLIANCE INSTITUTE||2016||75,000|
|HIP HOP CAUCUS EDUCATION FUND||2016||65,000|
|LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS||2016||7,250,000|
|MARYLAND LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND INC||2016||125,000|
|MAINE CONSERVATION ALLIANCE||2016||20,000|
|MICHIGAN LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND||2016||60,000|
|MONTANA CONSERVATION VOTERS||2016||65,000|
|NEBRASKA CONSERVATION EDUCATION FUND||2016||20,000|
|NEVADA CONSERVATION LEAGUE EDUCATION FUND||2016||50,000|
|NEW JERSEY LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND||2016||20,000|
|NEW JERSEY LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION||2016||232,653|
|NORTH CAROLINA LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS FOUNDATION||2016||355,000|
|THE OHIO ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL||2016||50,000|
|OREGON LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND||2016||65,000|
|TEXAS LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND||2016||30,000|
|THE NEW YORK LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND INC||2016||46,694|
|VIRGINIA LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND||2016||35,000|
|VOTER REGISTRATION PROJECT||2016||1,000,000|
|WASHINGTON ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL||2016||110,000|
|WISCONSIN LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS INSTITUTE INC||2016||75,000|
|CALIFORNIA LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND||2017||10,000|
|CONNECTICUT LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND INC||2017||22,000|
|CONSERVATION VOTERS FOR IDAHO||2017||10,000|
|CONSERVATION VOTERS FOR IDAHO EDUCATION FUND INC||2017||15,000|
|CONSERVATION VOTERS NEW MEXICO EDUCATION FUND||2017||52,000|
|CONSERVATION VOTERS OF PENNSYLVANIA||2017||55,656|
|CONSERVATION VOTERS OF SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATION FUND||2017||30,000|
|BOIE FOR CLEAN WATER AND OPEN SPACE||2017||25,000|
|FLORIDA CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND||2017||30,000|
|HIP HOP CAUCUS EDUCATION FUND||2017||150,000|
|LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS INC||2017||6,000,000|
|LEAGUE OF UNITED LATIN AMERICAN CITIZENS||2017||10,000|
|MONTANA CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND||2017||20,000|
|NEBRASKA CONSERVATION EDUCATION FUND||2017||15,000|
|NEVADA CONSERVATION LEAGUE EDUCATION FUND||2017||34,000|
|NEW JERSEY LCV EDUCATION FUND||2017||177,000|
|NEW JERSEY LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS INC||2017||53,656|
|OREGON LCV EDUCATION FUND||2017||22,000|
|SUSTAINABLE MARKETS FOUNDATION||2017||300,000|
|ALASKA CENTER EDUCATION FUND||2017||22,000|
|NEW YORK LCV EDUCATION FUND INC||2017||51,506|
|VERMONT NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL||2017||22,000|
|VIRGINIA LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND||2017||100,000|
|VOTER REGISTRATION PROJECT||2017||1,000,000|
|WASHINGTON ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL||2017||22,000|
|CONNECTICUT LCV EDUCATION FUND INC||2018||71,000|
|CONSERVATION ALABAMA FOUNDATION INC||2018||71,000|
|CONSERVATION COLORADO EDUCATION FUND||2018||517,136|
|CONSERVATION VOTERS FOR IDAHO EDUCATION FUND INC||2018||196,000|
|CONSERVATION VOTERS NEW MEXICO EDUCATION FUND||2018||31,000|
|CONSERVATION VOTERS OF SC EDUCATION FUND||2018||72,000|
|ENVIRONMENTAL LEAGUE OF MASSACHUSETTES||2018||50,000|
|FLORIDA CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND||2018||1,129,138|
|GEORGIA CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND||2018||943,720|
|HIP HOP CAUCUS EDUCATION FUND||2018||50,000|
|ILLINOIS ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL EDUCATION FUND||2018||21,500|
|LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS||2018||13,200,000|
|MAINE CONSERVATION ALLIANCE||2018||95,500|
|MARYLAND LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND INC||2018||61,000|
|MICHIGAN LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND||2018||161,000|
|MONTANA CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND||2018||105,000|
|NEBRASKA CONSERVATION EDUCATION FUND INC||2018||125,000|
|NEVADA CONSERVATION LEAGUE EDUCATION FUND||2018||934,585|
|NEW JERSEY LCV EDUCATION FUND INC||2018||91,000|
|NORTH CAROLINA LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS FOUNDATION||2018||1,086,669|
|OHIO ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL||2018||60,000|
|OREGON LCV EDUCATION FUND||2018||136,000|
|CITIZENS FOR PENNSYLVANIA'S FUTURE||2018||120,000|
|RETHINK ENERGY FLORIDA INC||2018||12,000|
|THE ALASKA CENTER EDUCATION FUND||2018||140,000|
|THE NEW YORK LCV EDUCATION FUND||2018||177,042|
|VERMONT NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL||2018||66,000|
|VIRGINIA LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND||2018||908,413|
|VOTER REGISTRATION PROJECT||2018||3,750,000|
|WASHINGTON ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL||2018||146,000|
|WISCONSIN LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS INSTITUTE INC||2018||121,000|
|CONSERVATION COLORADO EDUCATION FUND||2019||100,000|
|CONSERVATION VOTERS FOR IDAHO EDUCATION FUND INC||2019||31,000|
|CONSERVATION VOTERS OF PENNSYLVANIA||2019||10,000|
|CONSERVATION VOTERS OF SC EDUCATION FUND||2019||6,000|
|FLORIDA CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND||2019||91,000|
|GEORGIA CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND||2019||111,000|
|LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS||2019||5,100,000|
|MAINE CONSERVATION ALLIANCE||2019||46,000|
|MARYLAND LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND INC||2019||30,000|
|MICHIGAN LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND||2019||109,970|
|MONTANA CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND||2019||50,000|
|NEVADA CONSERVATION LEAGUE EDUCATION FUND||2019||78,000|
|NEW YORK LCV EDUCATION FUND||2019||21,500|
|NORTH CAROLINA LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS FOUNDATION||2019||382,795|
|OHIO ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL||2019||75,000|
|THE ALASKA CENTER EDUCATION FUND||2019||56,000|
|VERMONT NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL||2019||23,500|
|VIRGINIA LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND||2019||760,596|
|VOTER REGISTRATION PROJECT||2019||4,000,000|
|WASHINGTON ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL||2019||36,000|
|OREGON LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS||2019||10,000|
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