Non-profit

NextGen America

Website:

nextgenamerica.org

Location:

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Tax ID:

46-2525580

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2016):

Revenue: $4,492,297
Expenses: $3,606,877
Assets: $1,546,749

Formation:

2013

Type:

Environmental Advocacy Group

Formerly:

NextGen Climate (2013-2017)

Also see Steyer Network

NextGen America was founded in 2013 as NextGen Climate. The organization changed its name in 2017 to better reflect that it was not only concerned about environmental issues, but also would be a leader in opposing President Donald Trump. [1]

NextGen founder Tom Steyer is a left-wing billionaire activist who spent $123 million during 2018 in campaigns promoting Democratic candidates and advocating for impeaching president Donald Trump. [2] NextGen America focuses on supporting government action to combat global warming and helping elect Democrats.

NextGen Climate Action is the 501(c)(4) arm of NextGen America. NextGen Climate Committee is the network’s super PAC.

Political Activism

2016 Election

NextGen teamed up with SEIU International and Planned Parenthood Votes to turn out Democratic voters in the battleground state of New Hampshire during 2016. [3] On a conference call, Steyer said the goal was to defeat Donald Trump and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.). The $2,000,000 get out the vote effort focused on liberal issues such as a $15 minimum wage, promoting labor unions, global warming, and pro-abortion policies. [4]

NextGen partnered with Hollywood liberal actors to produce ads pushing millennials to get out and vote for candidates promising to fight global warming as part of the #WhyWeVote campaign. [5] One ad featured actress Natalie Portman, a longtime Democrat that campaigned for John Kerry, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton during their presidential campaigns. [6] NextGen spent hundreds of thousands on promoting the ad. Another ad featured Aziz Ansari attacking Donald Trump because “he hates brown people” and for not believing in global warming. [7] Julia Louis-Dreyfus also worked with NextGen and made a video where she endorsed Hillary Clinton for president and Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Katie McGinty (D-PA), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Deborah Ross (D-NC). [8]

2018 Election

During the 2018 election, NextGen founded Black Lives Rising which spent over $1,000,000 to turn out young Black Democrats. [9] Black Lives Rising partnered with left-of-center groups Color Of Change PAC, PushBlack, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. [10] The program focused on turning out liberal voters in competitive races in North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

NextGen spent $5.2 million to elect Democrats during the 2018 election in Florida. [11] The organization was an early backer of Andrew Gillum during the Democratic gubernatorial primary, who was seen as a rising left-wing star in the party. NextGen organizers made over 75,000 phone calls and sent 300,000 texts on behalf of Gillum in the closely contested primary. [12]

NextGen attacked Reps. Mimi Walters (R-CA) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) for supporting offshore drilling. NextGen took out a half page ad in the Orange County Register, bought billboards on a busy freeways in the area, and organized a protest against Walters and Rohrabacher. [13]

NextGen opposed John Morganelli (D-PA) in Pennsylvania 7th U.S. House District Democratic primary. [14] Morganelli was a pro-life Democrat and had taken some conservative stances on illegal immigration. These stances motivated NextGen to spend about $100,000 to defeat Morganelli. [15]

Environmentalist Policies

NextGen’s opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline dates back to shortly after the group’s founding when it spent $1,000,000 on TV ads opposing the pipeline. [16] In 2015, Steyer berated Senators for voting to build the pipeline even as nine Democrats voted in favor of it. [17] [18] When the Obama administration rejected the pipeline later in 2015, NextGen released a digital ad celebrating the pipeline’s defeat and called for a focus on renewable energy. [19]

NextGen has advocated for divesting from coal. [20] Steyer also issued a statement supporting the Obama administration’s proposed changes to the federal coal leasing program which increased costs to businesses. [21]

Illegal Immigration

In 2018, NextGen provided $1 million to the Immigrant Legal Services Center to help illegal immigrants with legal representation in their bids to stay in the United States. [22] In 2017, NextGen spent $2,300,000 on supporting legal services for illegal immigrants, with its partners representing over 800 clients. [23] NextGen supports a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. [24]

Funding

Financial Overview

A financial overview of NextGen Climate America is available below: [25]

NextGen Climate America Financial Overview
YearTotal RevenuesTotal ExpendituresGrants PaidNet Assets
2018$4,835,134$3,907,892$1,490,458$1,535,210
2017$3,496,121$4,229,607$1,553,500$607,968
2016$3,770,013$3,668,549$1,679,358$456,032
2015$3,770,013$3,668,549$1,679,358$456,032
2014$2,877,650$2,523,142$1,378,000$354,568
2013$100$40$0$60
Total:$18,749,031$17,997,779$7,780,674

Grants from NextGen America

The following are all known grants from NextGen America between 2014 and 2018: [26]

Grant RecipientYearAmountGrant Description
Climate Action Reserve2018$10,000 General support
The Partnership Project2018$150,000 General support
The UC Davis Foundation2018$133,500 UC immigrant legal services center
World Wildlife Fund2018$25,000 General support
Texas Organizing Project Education Fund2018$75,000 Hurricane relief
United Nations Foundation2018$1,000,000 Global action climate summit
New Venture Fund2018$25,000 General support
UNLV Foundation2018$40,000 General support
Climate Action Reserve2017$20,000 Event - conference
Greenfaith2017$100,000 People's climate movement for general support
Sigma XI, The Scientific Research Honor Society2017$7,500 Event - march
Social and Environmental Entreprenuers2017$25,000March for science Los Angeles on 4/22/17
Social Good2017$7,500Sacramento march for science on 4/22/17
The Climate Group2017$15,000Climate week
The Opportunity Institute2017$1,000,000General support
The Partnership Project2017$150,000General support - activities regarding climate action campaign for 2017
UC Davis Foundation2017$71,500UC immigrant legal services center
Tides Foundation2017$30,000Take back the ball fund general support of activities
UC Regents (DBA UCSB)2017$10,000General support
World Wildlife Fund2017$100,000US climate action pavilion at cop23
350.org2016$25,000Pathway to Paris Concert & Fundraiser; remaining funds to general support
Alliance for Climate Education2016$15,000General support - Get Loud Campaign
Bay Area Council Foundation2016$170,0002016 Clean Energy Ministerial
Citizen Engagement Lab Education Fund2016$10,000General support - Climate Parents/Get Loud Campaign
Foundation for California Community College2016$775,980Non-partisan, non-candidate student learning civic engagement program
Latino Community Foundation2016$144,289Nosotros Votamos Initiative
NALEO Educational Fund2016$15,000General support
PSE Healthy Energy2016$96,500General support
Stockholm Environment Institute US2016$40,000Support of the research project Greenhouse Gas Emission from US offshore oil
The Bus Federation Civic Fund2016$150,000Coordination of National Voter Registration Days
The Partnership Project2016$250,000General support - climate action campaign
Western Organization of Resource Councils2016$200,000General support
Advanced Energy Economy Institute2015$25,000Clean power plan
Alliance for Climate Education2015$638,858Get loud challenge
Audubon California2015$10,000Groundwater monitors
Center for American Progress2015$28,000Energy & climate
Climate Solutions2015$10,000General support - Washington state
Policy Matters Ohio2015$75,000Energy & climate
PSE Healthy Energy2015$96,500General support
Roosevelt Institute2015$50,000Energy blueprint project
Silicon Valley Leadership Group2015$7,500Energy summit
The Partnership Project2015$280,000Climate action campaign
Voter Participation Center2015$250,000Non-partisan voter registration
Western Organization of Resource Councils2015$100,000Zero emissions campaign
The Partnership Project2014$280,000General support
Columbia University2014$200,000General support
Earth Day Network2014$315,000General support
Voter Participation Center2014$533,000General support
The Bus Federation Civic Fund2014$50,000General support
Total:$7,835,627

References

  1. “NextGen Climate Expands Mission, Relaunches As NextGen America.” Green Technology. July 20, 2017. Accessed March 21, 2019. https://green-technology.org/newswireup/nextgen-america/. ^
  2. Au-Yeung, Angel. “How Billionaire Tom Steyer’s $123 Million Helped Democrats In The Midterms.” Forbes. November 09, 2018. Accessed March 21, 2019. https://www.forbes.com/sites/angelauyeung/2018/11/09/how-billionaire-tom-steyers-123-million-made-a-difference-in-the-midterms/#7b590d7c3ed1. ^
  3. “NextGen Climate, SEIU International and Planned Parenthood Votes Announce Election Partnership in New Hampshire.” NextGen America. August 30, 2016. Accessed March 21, 2019. https://nextgenamerica.org/press/nextgen-climate-seiu-international-planned-parenthood-votes-announce-election-partnership-new-hampshire/. ^
  4. “NextGen Climate, SEIU International and Planned Parenthood Votes Announce Election Partnership in New Hampshire.” NextGen America. August 30, 2016. Accessed March 21, 2019. https://nextgenamerica.org/press/nextgen-climate-seiu-international-planned-parenthood-votes-announce-election-partnership-new-hampshire/. ^
  5. “NextGen Climate Debuts Natalie Portman Video for #WHYWEVOTE Campaign.” NextGen America. October 13, 2016. Accessed March 21, 2019. https://nextgenamerica.org/press/natalie-portman-video/. ^
  6. “NextGen Climate Debuts Natalie Portman Video for #WHYWEVOTE Campaign.” NextGen America. October 13, 2016. Accessed March 21, 2019. https://nextgenamerica.org/press/natalie-portman-video/. ^
  7. “Aziz Ansari Urges Young People to Vote in New NextGen Climate Video.” NextGen America. October 18, 2016. Accessed March 21, 2019. https://nextgenamerica.org/press/aziz-ansari-urges-young-people-vote-new-nextgen-climate-video/. ^
  8. “Julia Louis-Dreyfus Endorses Hillary Clinton, Katie McGinty, Catherine Cortez Masto, Maggie Hassan and Deborah Ross in New NextGen Climate Video.” NextGen America. November 11, 2016. Accessed March 21, 2019. https://nextgenamerica.org/press/julia-louis-dreyfus-endorses-hillary-clinton-katie-mcginty-catherine-cortez-masto-maggie-hassan-deborah-ross-new-nextgen-climate-video/. ^
  9. “NextGen America Launches Black Lives Rising to Increase Black Youth Turnout in Midterm Elections.” NextGen America. September 18, 2018. Accessed March 21, 2019. https://nextgenamerica.org/press/nextgen-america-launches-black-lives-rising-to-increase-black-youth-turnout-in-midterm-elections/. ^
  10. “NextGen America Launches Black Lives Rising to Increase Black Youth Turnout in Midterm Elections.” NextGen America. September 18, 2018. Accessed March 21, 2019. https://nextgenamerica.org/press/nextgen-america-launches-black-lives-rising-to-increase-black-youth-turnout-in-midterm-elections/. ^
  11. “NextGen America Announces General Election Plan for Electing Andrew Gillum and Florida Democrats.” NextGen America. September 25, 2018. Accessed March 21, 2019. https://nextgenamerica.org/press/nextgen-america-announces-general-election-plan-for-electing-andrew-gillum-and-florida-democrats/. ^
  12. “NextGen America Announces General Election Plan for Electing Andrew Gillum and Florida Democrats.” NextGen America. September 25, 2018. Accessed March 21, 2019. https://nextgenamerica.org/press/nextgen-america-announces-general-election-plan-for-electing-andrew-gillum-and-florida-democrats/. ^
  13. “NextGen America Puts Up Billboard Calling Out Rep. Walters for Supporting Offshore Drilling.” NextGen America. April 17, 2018. Accessed March 21, 2019. https://nextgenamerica.org/press/nextgen-america-puts-billboard-calling-rep-walters-supporting-offshore-drilling/. ^
  14. Bowman, Bridget. “Steyer-Backed Group Goes Negative in House Democratic Primary.” Roll Call. May 02, 2018. Accessed March 21, 2019. https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/steyer-backed-group-goes-negative-in-house-democratic-primary. ^
  15. Bowman, Bridget. “Steyer-Backed Group Goes Negative in House Democratic Primary.” Roll Call. May 02, 2018. Accessed March 21, 2019. https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/steyer-backed-group-goes-negative-in-house-democratic-primary. ^
  16. “Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate Action Premieres First in “Keystone Chronicles” Ad Series.” PR Newswire. September 08, 2013. Accessed March 21, 2019. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tom-steyers-nextgen-climate-action-premieres-first-in-keystone-chronicles-ad-series-222843651.html. ^
  17. “Statement from Tom Steyer on Senate Keystone XL Vote.” NextGen America. November 29, 2015. Accessed March 21, 2019. https://nextgenamerica.org/press/statement-from-tom-steyer-on-senate-keystone-xl-vote/. ^
  18. Barron-Lopez, Laura. “Senate Votes to Build Keystone, Defying Veto Threat from Obama.” The Hill. January 29, 2015. Accessed March 21, 2019. https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/231193-senate-votes-to-build-keystone. ^
  19. “NextGen Climate Releases New Digital Ad Celebrating The Rejection Of The Keystone XL Pipeline.” NextGen America. November 06, 2015. Accessed March 22, 2019. https://nextgenamerica.org/press/nextgen-climate-releases-new-ad-marking-the-rejection-of-the-keystone-xl-pipeline/. ^
  20. “Advanced Energy Advocate Tom Steyer Makes Case For Calstrs’ Coal Divestment.” NextGen America. June 12, 2015. Accessed March 21, 2019. https://nextgenamerica.org/press/advanced-energy-advocate-tom-steyer-makes-case-for-calstrs-coal-divestment/. ^
  21. “Statement From Tom Steyer On The Obama Administration’s Reform Of The Federal Coal Leasing Program.” NextGen America. January 14, 2016. Accessed March 21, 2019. https://nextgenamerica.org/press/statement-from-tom-steyer-on-the-obama-administrations-reform-of-the-federal-coal-leasing-program/. ^
  22. “NextGen America Announces an Additional $1 Million Investment in Legal Services for Immigrant Communities.” NextGen America. June 14, 2018. Accessed March 21, 2019. https://nextgenamerica.org/press/nextgen-america-announces-additional-1-million-investment-legal-services-immigrant-communities/. ^
  23. “NextGen America Announces an Additional $1 Million Investment in Legal Services for Immigrant Communities.” NextGen America. June 14, 2018. Accessed March 21, 2019. https://nextgenamerica.org/press/nextgen-america-announces-additional-1-million-investment-legal-services-immigrant-communities/. ^
  24. “Immigration.” NextGen America. Accessed March 21, 2019. https://nextgenamerica.org/issues/immigration/. ^
  25. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). NextGen Climate America. 2013-2018. Part I. ^
  26. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). NextGen America. 2014-2018. Schedule I. ^

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Erin Carhart
    National Organizing Director (NextGen Rising)
  2. George Olufosoye
    Wisconsin State Director
  3. Jeremiah Chapman
    National Director of Cultural Organizing
  4. Ben Wessel
    Deputy Political Director (NextGen Rising)
  5. Tom Steyer
    Founder
  6. Josie Mooney
    Former Vice President, Labor and Strategic Partnerships
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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 $4,492,297 $3,606,877 $1,546,749 $205,297 N $4,492,297 $0 $0 $240,267
    2015 Dec Form 990 $3,770,013 $3,668,549 $618,003 $161,971 N $3,770,013 $0 $0 $230,682 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $2,877,650 $2,523,142 $641,399 $286,831 N $2,877,650 $0 $0 $188,209 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990EZ $100 $40 $60 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF

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