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Happy Earth Day! Experts Rank Which Bay Area Nonprofits Are Doing the Most to Fight Climate Change

April 22nd, 2010 by Erinn Andrews Leave a reply »

Earth Day reminds many people to do something for the planet which is why we’re excited to announce the results of our Bay Area climate change research in time for this important event.

We surveyed 97 Bay Area climate change experts who identified 14 top nonprofits working in the San Francisco Bay Area to address climate change. You will find a few familiar names from our national climate change Expert Fund. All of these nonprofits have a local presence and some even have a global reach.

These organizations include associations, advocacy groups focused on transportation, research organizations, grassroots organizers, policy focused organizations, open space advocates, organizations promoting clean energy solutions, environmental health justice organizations, and more.

Here are the results:

Rank

High-Impact Nonprofit

Percentage of Expert Fund
1.

TransForm

8%
2.

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA

10%
3.

Union of Concerned Scientists

10%
4.

Natural Resources Defense Council

9%
5.

Climate Protection Campaign

8%
6.

The Energy Foundation

Sierra Club

Communities for a Better Environment

8%

8%

5%

7.

Greenbelt Alliance

ClimateWorks Foundation

6%

3%

8.

Acterra Action for a Sustainable Earth

3%
9.

Center for Biological Diversity

350.org

9%

8%

10.

Rainforest Action Network

5%

Visit our site to learn more about each of these outstanding climate change nonprofits. You can read about the impact these nonprofits have had, see what their other organizational strengths are, and find out what areas for improvement the experts think even the top nonprofits could have. To get a sense of who contributed to this research, please visit our experts here.

We urge you to take action this Earth Day and make a donation through our Bay Area Climate Change Expert Fund to support these outstanding nonprofits. You can also revisit our research on climate change nonprofits working at the national level here to contribute to those organizations, as well.

And finally, let us know what you think! How do you interpret these results?

2 comments

  1. Margaret says:

    how many nonprofit organizations total were evaluated? also please clarify what criteria were used to rank these groups other than expert opinion.

    • Hi Margaret,

      Thanks for your questions! The 97 experts who participated recommended 115 unique nonprofits in total.

      As for the criteria, we asked the experts to recommend up to 4 Bay Area nonprofits working to address climate change that they think have had high impact in the last few years. So, we’re primarily asking for evidence of IMPACT and recommendations based on the outcomes the organization has had. In addition, however, we asked for information about other organizational strengths (i.e. leadership, staff, marketing, operations, finances, etc.), and information about the ways in which the recommended organization could improve.

      If you go to our website (http://www.myphilanthropedia.org/fund/6_bay_area_climate_change) and click on any of these organizations, you can read the reviews (just click on the Expert Assessment tab). This will show you what the experts were thinking about as they recommended the nonprofits.

      Thanks for your interest!
      Erinn

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