Non-profit

Sierra Nevada Alliance

Website:

www.sierranevadaalliance.org

Location:

S LAKE TAHOE, CA

Tax ID:

77-0343881

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2018):

Revenue: $875,844
Expenses: $878,305
Assets: $289,819

Executive Director:

Jenny Hatch

Type:

Environmental Hub

Formation:

1993

The Sierra Nevada Alliance (SNA) is an organization that coordinates the efforts of locally based groups that work to restore and preserve the local and Sierra Nevada Mountain wide environment often at the expense of the economy. It is primarily funded by grants from the State of California. [1]

It coordinates volunteer programs and has formed the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership as part of the state’s AmeriCorps program. [2]

SNA provides organizational support for its alliance members by providing advice, helping building consensus among the members, lobbying state and local government, and helping publicize environmentalist policy. [3]

History

Environment Now, a private foundation created by Frank and Luanne Wells, sponsored Sierra Now, a conference to address the environmental degradation in the Sierra Nevada region described by a series of Sacramento Bee reports. [4] [5]

As a result, the Sierra Nevada Alliance (SNA) was created to coordinate 40 local member groups to pursue the Sierra Now recommendations leveraging funding from California Volunteers, an office of the California Governor which was formed in response to the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. [6] [7] [8]

Priorities

Climate change, resilient forests, watershed protection, and restoration are the three priorities of the Sierra Nevada Alliance. Towards those priorities SNA has initiated the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership and the Sierra Corps Forestry Fellowship Program and committed to advocacy programs to drive legislative action on their agenda. [9] [10]

SNA has issued reports, developed toolkits and guides for their public relations efforts, organized a climate march and secured adoption of environmentalist energy declarations by several communities. [11]

The Sierra Corps Forestry Fellowship Program and advocacy efforts have been initiated to work towards restoring forest ecosystems and protecting forests from development, fires, and disease in an effort to counter increased fire danger and job losses. [12]

Efforts to resist logging, build environmentalist energy, reduce carbon emissions and clear debris from logged-over and disease ridden forests have led to economic downturns in the communities ostensibly served by the alliance while increasing the risk of forest fires. Recent efforts to stop further development of logging roads near wilderness areas will further limit access for firefighters and the public. [13]

Leadership

Board president Doug Carstens is the managing partner of Chatten-Brown & Carstens LLP, an environmental law firm in Southern California with a long record of support for local organizations to enforce environmental laws. He participated in the public acquisition of parklands in Southern California and in opposing a strip mine project in the Sierra Nevada. [14]

Laura Beaton, vice president, is an environmental activist turned attorney. She previously worked as an associate attorney for Earthjustice, a left-of center environmental group focused on legal actions to halt oil and gas development, prohibit coal-fired power plants, and enforce water laws. [15]

Executive director Jenny Hatch has previously worked in erosion control, wildlife management, and watershed restoration. [16]

Board member Julia Kim is climate and energy program director at the Local Government Commission, a state-funded Sacramento advocacy group working with local communities to address climate change, water use and the conversion to renewable sources of energy and reduce carbon emissions. [17]

Funding

Funding comes primarily from the State of California thru California Volunteers and minor contributions from individuals, foundations and sponsors. The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, Arntz Family Foundation and Patagonia (through 1% for the Planet) contribute along with The Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Sierra Watch, and the Sierra Fund, founded by Drummond Pike (also founder of the left-progressive Tides Foundation). [18] [19]

New funding for a forestry workforce development program from The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (a California state agency) was obtained in the 2018-2019 fiscal year. [20] [21]

Finances

Sierra Nevada Alliance’s 2017 revenue was $903,211 with grants and contributions contributing $904,815of which government grants totaled $715,749 (79.1%). [22] [23] Expenses were $926,340 of which $693,498 went to salaries and benefits and $70,626 to Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership. [24] [25]

Net assets at the close of the year totaled $108,075. [26]

References

  1. “Sierra Nevada Alliance”. Return of Organization Exempt From Tax (Form 990). 2018. Part III, Line 1, Part VIII, Line 1e. ^
  2. “Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP).” Sierra Nevada Alliance, May 17, 1970. https://sierranevadaalliance.org/sierra-nevada-americorps-partnership-snap/. ^
  3. “Sierra Nevada Alliance.” Graphic & website design. Made with FlippingBook. Accessed June 19, 2020. https://wgdesigngroup.com/flipbooks/SNA/6/. Pages 6-7 ^
  4. Knudson, Tom. “Sierra in Peril: From Mining to Malls, Onslaught Takes Toll.” sacbee. The Sacramento Bee, June 9, 1991. https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/environment/article2576878.html. ^
  5. “Environment Now.” Environment Now. Accessed April 24, 2020. http://environmentnow.org/. ^
  6. “Sierra Nevada Alliance.” Graphic & website design. Made with FlippingBook. Accessed April 24, 2020. https://wgdesigngroup.com/flipbooks/SNA/4/. ^
  7. “History.” Sierra Nevada Alliance. Accessed April 24, 2020. https://sierranevadaalliance.org/history/. ^
  8. California, State of. “CALIFORNIA NEEDS YOU.” California Volunteers. Accessed April 26, 2020. https://www.californiavolunteers.ca.gov/. ^
  9. “Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP).” Sierra Nevada Alliance, April 24, 1970. https://sierranevadaalliance.org/sierra-nevada-americorps-partnership-snap/. ^
  10. “Sierra Nevada Alliance.” Sierra Nevada Alliance. Accessed April 26, 2020. https://sierranevadaalliance.org/. ^
  11. “Climate Resiliency.” Sierra Nevada Alliance. Accessed April 26, 2020. https://sierranevadaalliance.org/climate/. ^
  12. “Resilient Forests.” Sierra Nevada Alliance. Accessed April 26, 2020. https://sierranevadaalliance.org/forests/. ^
  13. “California Wilderness Coalition Is Opposing a Lake Tahoe Logging/Road Building Project That Threatens Backcountry Roadless Areas.” Accessed June 18, 2020. https://sierranevadaalliance.org/actions/comments-needed-on-lake-tahoe-logging-road-building-project-that-threatens-backcountry-roadless-areas/. ^
  14. “Douglas Carstens – CEQA & Environmental Law Attorney – Los Angeles.” CHATTEN-BROWN, CARSTENS & MINTEER. Accessed April 26, 2020. http://www.cbcearthlaw.com/douglas-carstens.html. ^
  15. “Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger Llp.” Laura D. Beaton | Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP. Accessed April 26, 2020. https://www.smwlaw.com/members/laura-d-beaton. ^
  16. “Staff & Board.” Sierra Nevada Alliance. Accessed April 26, 2020. https://sierranevadaalliance.org/staff-board/. ^
  17. “Projects.” Local Government Commission. Accessed April 26, 2020. https://www.lgc.org/projects/^
  18. “Sierra Nevada Alliance.” Graphic & website design. Made with FlippingBook. Accessed April 27, 2020. https://wgdesigngroup.com/flipbooks/SNA/10/. ^
  19. “Drummond Pike”. LinkedIn. Accessed April 27, 2020.  https://www.linkedin.com/in/drummondpike/ ^
  20. “Sierra Nevada Alliance.” Graphic & website design. Made with FlippingBook. Accessed April 27, 2020. https://wgdesigngroup.com/flipbooks/SNA/2/. ^
  21. California, State of. “Building Resilience in the Sierra Nevada.” Sierra Nevada Conservancy. Accessed April 27, 2020. https://sierranevada.ca.gov/. ^
  22. “Sierra Nevada Alliance”. Return of Organization Exempt From Tax (Form 990). 2018. Part I Lines 12, 8. ^
  23. “Sierra Nevada Alliance”. Return of Organization Exempt From Tax (Form 990). 2018. Part VIII Line 1e. ^
  24. “Sierra Nevada Alliance”. Return of Organization Exempt From Tax (Form 990). 2018. Part I Lines 18, 15. ^
  25. “Sierra Nevada Alliance”. Return of Organization Exempt From Tax (Form 990). 2018. Part IX line 24a. ^
  26. “Sierra Nevada Alliance”. Return of Organization Exempt From Tax (Form 990). 2018.  Part I Line 22. ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: June - May
  • Tax Exemption Received: November 1, 1998

  • 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 $875,844 $878,305 $289,819 $158,615 N $873,636 $0 $56 $62,339 PDF
    2017 Jun Form 990 $794,576 $825,345 $271,457 $137,792 N $788,980 $0 $40 $53,853 PDF
    2016 Jun Form 990 $849,885 $828,046 $252,150 $3,519 N $839,176 $0 $28 $26,942 PDF
    2015 Jun Form 990 $903,497 $1,119,623 $231,884 $4,815 N $903,275 $0 $222 $74,500 PDF
    2014 Jun Form 990 $1,381,585 $1,300,870 $451,809 $8,561 N $1,356,218 $16,826 $223 $77,841 PDF
    2013 Jun Form 990 $1,378,220 $1,454,837 $391,922 $29,389 N $1,335,550 $27,528 $258 $77,625 PDF
    2012 Jun Form 990 $1,405,259 $1,393,642 $473,899 $34,749 N $1,377,014 $5,815 $377 $73,606 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Sierra Nevada Alliance

    PO BOX 7989
    S LAKE TAHOE, CA 96158-0989