We have 10 years left to transition to a clean energy economy and avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis. To get there, we will need to fundamentally shift our power systems—both the way we generate electricity to turn on the lights, and the way we generate momentum to make sweeping change.
The climate movement can’t limit its response to what a team of paid, centralized staff can accomplish; we will only win if thousands of new leaders emerge, organize their neighbors, and raise their voices.
The Sierra Club Foundation is meeting that challenge. We’re supporting Sierra Club chapters around the country as they win clean energy commitments in their cities and states. We’re backing local volunteers as they defend wildlife and public lands. We’re partnering with Tribes and leaders from frontline neighborhoods as they organize to stop dirty fuels projects in their communities. We’re investing in a new generation of young activists who are bringing passion and unyielding focus to the fight against climate change. We’re supporting national Sierra Club campaigns as they work to move our country beyond coal and fossil fuels.
As we enter the most consequential decade in history, our ability to cultivate new leaders, form diverse coalitions, and nurture grassroots efforts will determine whether we win or lose. This year’s annual report celebrates the people who wake up every day to create a more just, healthy future for all of us.
we’re all in this together
As we write this, we are experiencing unprecedented upheaval brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, a global uprising against systemic racism, and a climate crisis that continues to intensify. In the midst of this upheaval, a few truths have become clear:
Justice, equity, and inclusion are prerequisites to solving the crises we face. Now, more than ever before, we are seeing how environmental destruction and injustice are inextricably linked. To succeed in protecting the planet, we must create a stronger, more inclusive movement and work…
CLIMATE & CLEAN ENERGY SOLUTIONS
tackling the climate crisis
clean energy for chicago
“This campaign is not just about how we power our city, it’s about who has power in our city .…”
2019 was a big year for clean energy. Despite rollbacks and resistance from the federal government, the Sierra Club’s state and local efforts helped shift the trajectory on climate change…
LAND, WATER & WILDLIFE
defending america’s land, water, & wildlife
Faced with unprecedented attacks from the Trump administration, the Sierra Club has steadfastly defended wildlife and wild places, and has managed to gain ground on several fronts…
“Construction of this border wall is a direct affront to the values I was sworn to uphold when I joined the Army.…”
protecting fragile borderlands
LAND, WATER, & WILDLIFE
building a stronger, more inclusive movement
Movement building is key to advancing the goals and values of the Sierra Club Foundation. It lies at the core of all of the work that the Foundation supports—from promoting clean energy to getting kids outdoors…
puerto rican youth
OUTDOORS FOR ALL
access to nature
is a human right
A 21st-century environmental movement depends on getting more people unplugged and outside. Nature and the opportunity to play outdoors should not be a luxury that’s accessible only to a privileged few…
investments that power our future
Over the past decade, the Sierra Club Foundation has steadily aligned our investments with our mission: Today, our investment portfolio is fossil-fuel free…
investing in hard-hit communities
As part of our high-impact investing strategy, in 2019, the Sierra Club Foundation invested $250,000 in Sunwealth…
in 2019 we awarded
Programs, Grants, & Services
thanks to our donors
We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our generous individual, corporate, and foundation donors, along with our Rachel Carson Society members, who continue to remember the Sierra Club Foundation in their estate plans. Your support builds upon our momentum to accelerate environmental solutions that are just, equitable, and inclusive. Thank you for joining with us and making a difference together.
PHOTOS: Canyon by Ashim D’Silva on Unsplash; Lake by Bureau of Land Management; Tara by Michael Courier; Chicago by Muzammil Soorma on Unsplash; Ruby River by Brian Beffort; Desert Wall by Krista Schlyer, Desert by Miguel Angel de la Cueva, Jaguar by Roy Toft ; Defend our Future by Carly Ferro, Tribe by Tim Peterson; Owl by Krista Schlyer; Mountain Lion by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash, Wind Turbines by scienceinHD on Unsplash