Non-profit

U.S. Climate Action Network (US-CAN)

Website:

www.usclimatenetwork.org

Location:

WASHINGTON, DC

Tax ID:

20-4597308

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2015):

Revenue: $1,674,313
Expenses: $1,681,030
Assets: $1,026,861

Type:

Environmental Advocacy Group

Executive Director:

Keya Chatterjee

U.S. Climate Action Network (US-CAN) is an environmentalist advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. and the national affiliate of Climate Action Network International (CAN-I). The organization uses tactics such as protests, policy advocacy, and smear campaigns to support environmentalist advocacy campaigns. The organization lists many left-leaning and progressive organizations as coalition “members” and conveys a left-of-center viewpoint on environmentalism.

Member Organizations

US-CAN advertises memberships with other environmentalist organizations that it claims “fight climate change in a just and equitable way.” Member organizations include many left-leaning organizations such as the Service Employees International Union, Center for American Progress, 350.org, Greenpeace, NAACP, Oxfam America, and Sierra Club. [1]

Campaigns

People’s Climate March

The People’s Climate March is an organized protest that occurs in multiple U.S. cities annually. Organized by People’s Climate Movement, the organization claims that hundreds of thousands of protesters marched in such cities as San Francisco, Washington D.C., and more in the 2018 march. More than half of the organizations involved with or sponsoring the march were members of US-CAN as of 2017 according to US-CAN annual reports. [2] [3]

Paris Climate Accord

During the Paris Climate Accord in 2015 and 2016, US-CAN activists worked alongside those of Avaaz, another left-leaning environmentalist organization, pasted “wanted posters” that showed opponents of the U.N.-backed environmental agreement in a mugshot-like fashion around Paris. Writers for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Heartland Institute, and other conservative think-tanks were portrayed along with Benjamin Sporton, an Australian coal executive, and Bjorn Lomborg, a Danish skeptic of environmentalist policy priorities. [4]

Strategic Plan

US-CAN announced a 5-year plan lasting from 2017 to 2022 with the goal of growing its network of member organizations to be able to further spread its message. The goals have less to do with environmental activism than growing the list of member organizations and reforming the leadership of the network. [5]

Leadership

Executive Director

Keya Chatterjee is the executive director of US-CAN. She previously served as a senior director at the World Wildlife Fund, a left-leaning environmentalist organization and as a climate change specialist for the U.S. Agency of International development. [6]

Board of Directors

David Turnbull is the chair of the board of directors of US-CAN. He previously served as the executive director of Climate Action Network International, the parent organization of US-CAN. Turnbull also worked as a program coordinator and research analyst at World Resource Institute, a left-leaning environmental advocacy organization. [7]

Heather Coleman is the vice chair of the board of directors of US-CAN. She previously served as a senior communications associate at Earthjustice. She has also worked as the climate change and energy director at Oxfam America, a left-of-center- advocacy group, and Wallace Global Fund, a left-leaning grantmaking organization that has made multiple grants to different chapters of Climate Action Network. [8]

Kyle Ash is a member of the board of directors of US-CAN. He also works as senior legislative representative for Greenpeace, one of the largest left-leaning environmental advocacy organizations in the country. [9]

Funding

According to 2017 IRS returns for US-CAN, the organization took in total revenues of $5,092,861, an increase of more than $2 million from its reported 2016 revenues. [10]

US-CAN has received multiple grants from Sea Change International, a major left-leaning environmental advocacy organization founded by Nathaniel Simons, son of hedge fund billionaire James Simons. Grants in 2016 totaled to $1,125,000. [11] US-CAN received a $46,106 grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a left-leaning foundation that supports environmental causes and population control. [12]

US-CAN awarded $400,227 in grants to support environmentalist-directed organizing by member groups. Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, Clean Air Coalition, Creation Justice Ministries, Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND), GreenLatinos, and Iowa Interfaith Power and Light all received grants from US-CAN in 2017. [13]

References

  1. “Member Organizations.” US Climate Action Network. Accessed March 15, 2019. https://www.usclimatenetwork.org/member-organizations.
  2. “Our Movement.” Peoples Climate Movement. Accessed March 14, 2019. https://peoplesclimate.org/our-movement/.
  3. “Annual Reports.” US Climate Action Network. Accessed March 14, 2019. https://www.usclimatenetwork.org/annual_reports.
  4. Chan, Swell. “A Stunt by Environmental Activists Targets Climate Doubters.” The New York Times. December 07, 2015. Accessed March 15, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/climate/2015-paris-climate-talks/a-stunt-by-environmental-activists-targets-climate-skeptics.
  5. “Strategic Plan 2017-2022.” US Climate Action Network. Accessed March 20, 2019. https://www.usclimatenetwork.org/strategic_plan_2017_2022.
  6. “Keya Chatterjee.” LinkedIn. Accessed March 14, 2019. https://www.linkedin.com/in/keya-chatterjee-937a3986/.
  7. “David Turnbull.” LinkedIn. Accessed March 14, 2019. https://www.linkedin.com/in/dmturnbull/.
  8. “Heather Coleman.” LinkedIn. Accessed March 14, 2019. https://www.linkedin.com/in/heather-coleman-51471137/.
  9. “Kyle Ash.” Greenpeace USA. Accessed March 14, 2019. https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/bios/kyle-ash/.
  10. IRS Return of Nonprofit Organization: “US Climate Action Network.” Part I, Line 12.
  11. “FoundationSearch Grant Visualizer.” Homepage | Metasoft Systems Inc. Accessed March 15, 2019. http://www.foundationsearch.com/FindFunders/GrantVisualizer.aspx?searchid=4288785.
  12. “FoundationSearch Grant Visualizer.” Homepage | Metasoft Systems Inc. Accessed March 15, 2019. http://www.foundationsearch.com/FindFunders/GrantVisualizer.aspx?searchid=4288785.
  13. “Annual Reports.” US Climate Action Network. Accessed March 14, 2019. https://www.usclimatenetwork.org/annual_reports.

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Joseph B. Uehlein
    Board Member

Coalition Members

  1. 350.org (Non-profit)
  2. ActionAid USA (Other Group)
  3. Alliance for Climate Education (Non-profit)
  4. Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (Non-profit)
  5. Alliance to Save Energy (Other Group)
  6. American Jewish World Service (Non-profit)
  7. Appalachian Voices (Non-profit)
  8. Avaaz Foundation (Non-profit)
  9. BlueGreen Alliance Foundation (Non-profit)
  10. Care About Climate (Non-profit)
  11. Center for American Progress (CAP) (Non-profit)
  12. Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) (Non-profit)
  13. Center for Community Change (CCC) (Non-profit)
  14. Center for International Environmental Law (Non-profit)
  15. Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) (Non-profit)
  16. Ceres (Non-profit)
  17. Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) (Non-profit)
  18. Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) (Non-profit)
  19. Clean Energy Action (Non-profit)
  20. Climate Generation/Will Steger Foundation (Non-profit)
  21. Climate Hawks Vote (Non-profit)
  22. Climate Mobilization (Non-profit)
  23. Climate Nexus (For-profit)
  24. Climate Parents (Non-profit)
  25. Climate Reality Project (Non-profit)
  26. Climate Solutions (Non-profit)
  27. Colorado People’s Alliance (Non-profit)
  28. Conservation International (Non-profit)
  29. Corporate Accountability International (Non-profit)
  30. Dogwood Alliance (Non-profit)
  31. Dream Corps (Green for All) (Non-profit)
  32. Earthjustice (formerly the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund) (Non-profit)
  33. Earthworks (Non-profit)
  34. EcoAmerica (Non-profit)
  35. Elders Climate Action (Other Group)
  36. Environment Northeast (Acadia Center) (Non-profit)
  37. Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) (Non-profit)
  38. Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) (Non-profit)
  39. Franciscan Action Network (Non-profit)
  40. Fresh Energy (Non-profit)
  41. Friends Committee on National Legislation (Non-profit)
  42. Friends of the Earth (Non-profit)
  43. Grandmothers Act to Save the Planet (GASP) (Other Group)
  44. GreenFaith (Non-profit)
  45. GreenLatinos (Non-profit)
  46. Greenpeace (Non-profit)
  47. Health Care Without Harm (Non-profit)
  48. Hip Hop Caucus (Non-profit)
  49. Humane Society International (Non-profit)
  50. Illinois Environmental Council (Non-profit)
  51. Interfaith Power and Light (For-profit)
  52. Iowa Interfaith Power and Light (Non-profit)
  53. Labor Network for Sustainability (For-profit)
  54. League of Conservation Voters (LCV) (Non-profit)
  55. Moms Clean Air Force (Other Group)
  56. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) (Non-profit)
  57. National Wildlife Federation (Non-profit)
  58. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) (Non-profit)
  59. Nature Conservancy (Non-profit)
  60. Nuclear Information and Resource Service (Non-profit)
  61. Oil Change International (Non-profit)
  62. Our Children’s Trust (Non-profit)
  63. Oxfam America (Non-profit)
  64. Pacific Environment (Non-profit)
  65. People’s Action Institute (Non-profit)
  66. Polar Bears International (Non-profit)
  67. Power Shift Network (Non-profit)
  68. Public Citizen (Non-profit)
  69. Refugees International (Non-profit)
  70. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) (Labor Union)
  71. Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) (Non-profit)
  72. Sierra Club (Non-profit)
  73. Solutions Project (Non-profit)
  74. Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (Non-profit)
  75. Sunrise Movement (Non-profit)
  76. SustainUS (Non-profit)
  77. Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy (Non-profit)
  78. Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) (Non-profit)
  79. Voices for Progress (Non-profit)
  80. West Harlem Environmental Action (WE ACT for Environmental Justice) (Non-profit)
  81. Wilderness Society (Non-profit)
  82. Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) (Non-profit)
  83. Women’s Environment and Development Organization (Non-profit)
  84. World Resources Institute (WRI) (Non-profit)
  85. World Wide Fund for Nature (formerly World Wildlife Fund) (Non-profit)
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: June - May
  • Tax Exemption Received: December 1, 2006

  • 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
    2015 Jun Form 990 $1,674,313 $1,681,030 $1,026,861 $36,418 N $1,674,044 $0 $269 $90,019 PDF
    2014 Jun Form 990 $2,139,972 $1,880,859 $1,025,222 $28,062 N $2,139,459 $0 $513 $147,805 PDF
    2013 Jun Form 990 $1,331,643 $1,554,443 $773,048 $35,001 N $1,330,832 $0 $811 $142,805 PDF
    2012 Jun Form 990 $1,134,666 $1,240,935 $973,211 $11,750 N $1,132,833 $0 $865 $142,805 PDF
    2011 Jun Form 990 $2,414,999 $1,816,897 $1,085,106 $17,990 N $2,414,060 $0 $421 $128,773 PDF

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