NextGen Climate Action



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Budget (2016):

Revenue: $44,513,192
Expenses: $43,593,250
Assets: $4,769,671



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Not to be confused with the similarly named super PAC NextGen Climate Action Committee

Also see Steyer Network

NextGen Climate Action is the 501(c)(4) organization arm of NextGen America, a 501(c)(3), and the super PAC NextGen Climate America, environmentalist organizations based in San Francisco, California. Together they support environmentalist candidates, organize attack campaigns, and mobilize environmentalist-minded voters to take action by calling Congressmen and organizing and supporting protests. 1

NextGen Climate Action was founded in 2013 by billionaire Tom Steyer, who retired in 2012 after making his fortune as the founder of Farallon Capital, L.C.C., a San Francisco based investment firm managing the capital of universities, endowments, and high-net-worth individuals. 2


In 2010, Steyer and his wife Kat Taylor signed onto the Giving Pledge of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett, agreeing they would gift half of their wealth to charity during their lifetime. 3

Steyer joined the board of the now defunct Center for the Next Generation in 2011. The group was co-founded by his brother, Jim Steyer, and supported environmental and children’s issues through nonpartisan research, policy development, and strategic communications. 4 In 2013, Steyer created NextGen Climate as a more political spinoff of the original organization.

While Steyer has been critical of Democrats less supportive of environmentalist policies to combat carbon emissions, he and NextGen Climate aim almost all of their work against Republicans. 5

Election Cycle Activity

In 2013, NextGen Climate Action began its work by spending $8 million on TV and digital ads to support then-Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe (D) and more than $1 million to elect Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey to the Senate. 67

During the 2014 election cycle, the group spent $74,032,090 (nearly $67 million of which was funded by the Steyers alone). 8 The group’s efforts focused on six races—the Senate contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Michigan and Colorado, and the governor’s races in Maine and Florida. Led by Chief Strategist Chris Lehan, the group’s goal was to “be on the offensive as much as possible” to force Republicans and conservatives to react. Creative measures included rolling fake barrels of oil into New Hampshire to criticize then-Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown and towing an ark around Florida to criticize Gov. Rick Scott (R). 9

During the 2016 election cycle, NextGen Climate Action spent $96,036,921. During that cycle, the group made seven endorsements of Democratic candidates, among them Hillary Clinton for President; Tammy Duckworth for U.S. Senate in Illinois, Catherine Cortez Masto for U.S. Senate in Nevada, Maggie Hassan for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, Deborah Ross for U.S. Senate in North Carolina, Ted Strickland for U.S. Senate in Ohio, Katie McGinty for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, and Roy Cooper for the Governor of North Carolina. 10

In addition to supporting candidates and campaigning against Republicans, NextGen Climate Action also spent more than $25 million in polling, advertising, and canvassing to encouraging millennials to vote. According to NextGen Climate PA state director Pat Millham, the group choose to make that investment because “Polling has consistently shown that millennials are more likely to support a candidate who will make addressing climate change a top priority, and NextGen Climate PA is proud to play a role in ensuring young people’s voices are heard at the ballot box in November.” 11

2018 Voter Mobilization Strategy

Also see NextGen Rising (Nonprofit)

On August 9, 2018, representatives from NextGen Rising and NextGen Climate Action held a brief phone call to discuss strategy and goals ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Jeremiah Chapman, Erin Carhart, Ben Wessel, and Tom Steyer were present and spoke on the call.

The representatives revealed that NextGen Rising’s targets for the election include 33 House of Representatives races, 7 U.S. Senate races, and 8 gubernatorial races. Its voter mobilization goal was to register 100,000 voters by the election (75,000 by November 6, 2018), particularly college students and new voters under 35 years of age. To accomplish this, NextGen sought 15,000 volunteers nationwide. 12


Financial Overview

A financial overview of NextGen Climate Action is available below: 13

NextGen Climate Action Financial Overview
YearTotal RevenuesTotal ExpendituresGrants PaidNet Assets
2018$54,429,597 $54,021,825 $40,111,080 $1,371,865
2017$19,554,050 $21,825,497 $4,261,703 $964,093
2016$44,513,192 $43,593,250 $8,535,072 $3,235,540
2015$23,540,347 $24,595,257 $3,636,500 $2,315,598
2014$13,330,873 $10,991,653 $458,000 $3,370,508
2013$6,269,186 $5,237,899 $60,000 $1,031,287
Total:$161,637,245 $160,265,381 $57,062,355

Grants from NextGen Climate Action

The following are grants from NextGen Climate Action between 2014 and 2018: 14

Grant RecipientYearAmountGrant Description
America Votes2018$688,493Social pressure voter mail program
Americans for Immigrant Justice2018$225,000Legal services to immigrants
CAIR Foundation2018$10,000General support
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation2018$150,000Legal services to clients in Central Valley and other rural communities
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids2018$10,0002018 Gala
CASA in Action2018$10,000Justice award night diamond sponsorship
Center for Community Change Action2018$10,000General support
Civic Nation2018$10,000United States women summit
Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona2018$22,606,000General support
Clean Energy Healthy Michigan2018$4,152,610General support
Community Initiatives2018$200,000Legal services to immigrant clients in Central Valley and other rural California communities
Community Partners for IAM 20182018$50,000Youth organizing
Community Water Center Action Fund2018$100,000Lobbying and organizing work
Demos2018$10,000General support
East Bay Community Law Center2018$285,000General support
Hip Hop Caucus Education Fund2018$10,000Village support at GACS
Immigrant Legal Resource Center2018$300,000New Americans campaign project
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law2018$10,000Election protection webinar trainings
NAACP2018$35,000General support
Netroots Nation2018$25,000Event
Nevadans for a Clean Energy Future2018$10,024,000General support
Nevadans for Secure Elections2018$100,000Support auto voter registration petition
PICO Action Fund2018$120,000Legislative advocacy & community organizing
Progressive Caucus Center2018$10,000Progressive Caucus Summit
Sixteen Thirty Fund2018$128,000The townhall project
Partnership Project Action Fund2018$150,000General support
Tides Advocacy Fund2018$393,750General support
Washington Conservation Voters2018$85,000Grassroots lobbying program in WA state
Wellstone Action2018$10,000General support
Western Conservation Action2018$175,000General support
American Immigration Council2017$330,215Immigration justice campaign
Anti-Recidivism Coalition2017$25,000Event - concert imagine justice
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus2017$150,000Underserved communities in immigrant rights protections
Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation2017$92,400Voter registration
Ballot Initiative Strategy Center2017$10,000General support
CAIR Foundation2017$225,000General support
California Calls Education Fund2017$99,000Voter registration - African American Civic Engagement Project
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation2017$120,000Legal services to clients in Central Valley and other rural communities
CALPIRG Education Fund2017$100,000Voter registration
Center for Community Change Action2017$544,000General support
CHIRLA2017$25,000General support
Civic Empowerment Coalition2017$100,000Voter registration - only paid personnel portion of the program
Community Water Center2017$92,500Lobbying and organizing work
Courage Campaign2017$14,500General support
Equality California2017$160,000Event - awards
Good Samaritan Family Resource Center2017$25,000Good Samaritan night at Pixar Animation Studios
Housing Long Beach2017$114,750Voter registration
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability USA2017$10,000General support
LA Voice2017$65,000Voter registration
Mission Edge San Diego2017$83,225Voter registration Civic Action2017$50,000Video production
Native American Voters Alliance Education Project2017$137,000General support
Netroots Nation2017$25,000Event
Orange County Voter Information Project2017$150,000Voter registration and civil engagement program
Organization of Chinese-Americans - Greater LA (OCA-GLA)2017$90,000Voter engagement grant
People for the American Way Foundation2017$31,000General support of young elected officials network convening in San Francisco in July 2017
PICO National Network2017$29,400General support - strategy to win SB10
PolicyLink2017$300,000General support
Renew Oregon Action Fund2017$125,000General support
Sacramento Central Labor Council2017$128,000Voter registration
San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council2017$7,500Event - awards
SIREN2017$135,000National day of action 1/14/17
Social Good Fund2017$6,000Women's March 1/21/17
Somali Bantu Association of America2017$20,000Voter registration
Partnership Project Action Fund2017$150,000General support of activities in regard climate action campaign for 2017
Tides Center2017$50,000Voter registration
Town Hall Project2017$40,000General support
UC Hastings Foundation2017$120,000Center for Gender & Refugee Studies
UFW Foundation2017$158,888General support
Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment2016$317,694General support
Asian Pacific Environmentl Network (APEN)2016$166,469Voter registration
Asian Youth Center2016$10,000Voter registration
Audubon California2016$25,000General support
BAPAC2016$77,000Voter registration
Bus Federation Action Fund2016$40,0002017 Youth Organizing Summit
Business Forward2016$77,000General support
California Calls Education Fund2016$817,711Voter registration
California League of Conservation Voters2016$50,000General support of non-electoral activities
California Planned Parenthood Education Fund2016$160,867Voter registration
California State Conference of the NAACP2016$43,424Voter registration
CALPIRG Education Fund2016$65,000Voter registration
CCAEJ2016$72,208Voter registration
Center for American Progress2016$20,000General support
CHIRLA2016$255,591Voter registration
Civic Empowerment Coalition2016$288,941Voter registration
ColorofChange.org2016$40,000General support
Community Water Center2016$112,719Voter registration
Environmental Defense Action Fund (EDAF)2016$54,000General support
Equality California2016$77,700Voter registration
Hip Hop Caucus Education Fund2016$603,700Voter registration
Korean American Coalition2016$20,000Voter registration
Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance2016$24,000Voter registration
Latino Leaders Network2016$60,000Co-sponsor of Latino Leaders Convention
Mission Edge San Diego2016$13,000Voter registration
Mobilize the Immigrant Vote2016$356,763Voter registration
Native American Youth and Family Center2016$155,793General support
OCA-GLA2016$10,000Voter registration
Orange County Voter Information Project2016$99,576Voter registration
PICO National Network2016$746,711General support + voter registration
Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project LA County2016$73,260Voter registration
Pueblo y Salud2016$42,368LULAC voter registration
SCOPE2016$45,000Voter registration
Sierra Club2016$250,000General support
Southern Christian Leadership Conference2016$44,000Voter registration
Special Needs Network2016$50,000Voter registration
Todec Legal Center Perris2016$132,402Voter registration
United Latinos2016$127,760Voter registration
Voter Registration Project2016$500,000Voter registration
VoteVets Action Fund2016$15,000General support
Women's Voices Women Vote Action Fund2016$2,381,477Mailings to voters in California Action Fund2015$15,000General support
Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment2015$50,000General support
America Works USA2015$250,000General support
American Family Voices2015$18,000General support
Americas for the Arts2015$18,500General support
APEN Action2015$75,000General support
Business Forward2015$75,000General support
California League of Conservation Voters2015$210,000General support
Campaign for America's Future2015$250,000General support
Catholic Rural Life2015$20,000General support
CBE Action: A Project of the Advocacy Fund2015$100,000General support
Center for American Progress2015$25,000General support
Center for National Policy2015$6,000General support
Citizen Engagement Laboratory2015$31,000General support
Clean Water Action2015$37,000General support
ColorofChange.org2015$125,000General support
Consumer Watchdog2015$180,000General support
Courage Campaign2015$71,000General support
Dakota Rural Action2015$48,000General support
Earth Day Network2015$15,000General support
Emerge America2015$45,000General support
Indigenous Environmental Network2015$30,000General support
Iowa State University Foundation2015$35,000Climate change research
Nebraska Easement Action Team (NEAT)2015$20,000Keystone XL Pipeline
NETWORK2015$75,000General support
NRDC Action Fund2015$29,000General support
Oregon League of Conservation Voters2015$90,000General support
People for the American Way Foundation2015$225,000Environmental policy academy
PICO National Network2015$25,000Environmental justice education
ProgressNow Colorado2015$25,000General support
Rebuild the Dream2015$300,000Clean energy campaign
Reverb2015$175,000Concert series
Sierra Club2015$60,000General support
Sierra Club Foundation2015$40,000General support
Small Business Majority Foundation2015$25,000Energy & climate - California
Sojourners2015$15,000General support
Tides Advocacy Fund2015$100,000General support
The Alliance2015$80,000General support
The Bus Project2015$25,000General support
The Jordan Institute2015$50,000Energy efficiency campaign
Virginia League of Conservation Voters2015$25,000Clean power plan
VoteVets.org2015$20,000Energy & climate - California
Washington Conservation Voters2015$15,000General support
Working Families Organization2015$245,000General support
California Calls Action Fund2014$50,000General support
Cause Action Fund2014$25,000General support
Environmental Health & Justice Campaign2014$50,000General support
League of Conservation Voters2014$260,000General support
Mi Familia Vota Education Fund2014$35,000General support
PICO Action Fund2014$25,000General support
Grand Total:$56,591,865


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  12. NextGen Rising/NextGen Climate Action Phone Call (recording). August 9, 2018.
  13. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). NextGen Climate Action. 2013-2018. Part I.
  14. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). NextGen Climate Action. 2014-2018. Schedule I.
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: July 1, 2014

  • 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
    2016 Dec Form 990 $44,513,192 $43,593,250 $4,769,671 $1,534,131 N $44,436,006 $0 $0 $844,831
    2015 Dec Form 990 $23,540,347 $24,595,257 $3,559,904 $1,244,306 N $23,513,084 $0 $0 $479,931 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $13,330,873 $10,991,653 $3,763,678 $393,170 N $13,310,873 $0 $0 $458,285
    2013 Dec Form 990 $6,269,186 $5,237,899 $1,625,300 $594,013 N $6,270,000 $0 $0 $264,977 PDF

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