Friends of the Earth

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Headquarters Location: Washington, DC 
Founded: 1969 


Mission: Friends of the Earth defends the environment and champions a healthy and just world.


Tags: 2012, national, climate change


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Story: This was the year [2011] that we took on the corporate corn ethanol lobby in Washington, and won! Corn ethanol production is driving up food prices, polluting our air and poisoning our water — all for a fuel that is… Read the full story.

Expert Reviews: Evidence of Impact
Friends of the Earth (FOE) has worked to bring about policy changes. They have played an important role in many policy changes, including temporarily halting the Keystone pipeline, and eliminating subsidies to ethanol and bio-based fuels that add to carbon emissions. FOE brings a national scope to local battles and also has strong connections in Washington, D.C. FOE is also a great mobilizer.
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Leadership
Friends-of-the-earth Erich  Pica. Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica is a nationally recognized expert on energy subsidies who for more than a decade has worked to reform U.S. tax and budget policy in ways that reduce pollution and spark a transition to clean energy.

Prior to becoming Friends of the Earth’s president in 2009, Erich served as the organization’s director of… See full bio.


Financial Data
Charity Navigator Rating: 4stars (profile)
Total Revenue:
$4,405,817


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Contact Info
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Phone:
1-877-843-8687
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Address:
1100 15th Street NW, 11th Floor
 
Washington, DC  20005, USA
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Friends-of-the-earth Story: This was the year [2011] that we took on the corporate corn ethanol lobby in Washington, and won! Corn ethanol production is driving up food prices, polluting our air and poisoning our water — all for a fuel that is far worse for the climate than conventional gasoline. Yet for years, the federal government provided billions of dollars in handouts to the corn ethanol industry.
Over the past few years, we built a broad coalition of “strange bedfellows” in support of ending the biggest tax giveaway to corn ethanol, the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit, which was worth $6 billion a year. Our coalition included groups ranging from the Grocery Manufacturers Association to Tea Party movement backer FreedomWorks to MoveOn.org. After lots of hard work, and given the current pressures on the federal budget, we persuaded Congress that taxpayer money should not be wasted on this dirty subsidy, and lawmakers allowed the subsidy to expire at the end of 2011.

Expert Reviews of Friends of the Earth

Evidence of Impact Summary:

Friends of the Earth (FOE) has worked to bring about policy changes. They have played an important role in many policy changes, including temporarily halting the Keystone pipeline, and eliminating subsidies to ethanol and bio-based fuels that add to carbon emissions. FOE brings a national scope to local battles and also has strong connections in Washington, D.C. FOE is also a great mobilizer.
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Organization Strengths Summary:

Friends of the Earth (FOE) has a global network structure that it leverages well to achieve its short and long-term goals. They also have a strong, visionary leader. FOE is a politically adept organization that has proven to be great at strategy development and is highly responsive.
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Areas for Improvement Summary:

Friends of the Earth (FOE) may be improved by developing a strategy where they can work with a variety of environmental lawyers, and not depend on just one public interest law firm, which could stifle innovation over time. FOE can improve its media strategy by developing a better understanding of how to best protect their interests while sharing information. The organization also needs to work on cultivating support by building a base of citizen activists, and by growing their donor base.
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Expert Comments: Evidence of Impact

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Facilitating Policy Change

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FOE has been instrumental in calling into question the Keystone XL pipeline, which has become the focal point, both actual and symbolic, of the national debate over energy and climate policy. Its use of publicity, litigation, and research, as part of a broader coalition, was effective in setting the stage for the initial rejection of the pipeline permit by the White House.
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FOE gives a national profile to issues they address, so in combination with IPS and others with good contacts in D.C. and elsewhere, they can inspire progressive members of Congress to act. FOE's critiques of the climate legislation in the previous Congress increased the impact of our own and those of IPS; for example, reducing the energy behind that conflicted bill and putting the ball in the Obama Administration's hands where at least the EPA has a chance to do the right thing and keep getting better at it.
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FOE played an important role in eliminating subsidies to ethanol and bio-based fuels that added to carbon emissions. They also played an important role in using Freedom of Information Act legal work to expose insider contracting between the Department of State and TransCanada on the Keystone pipeline.
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Friends of the Earth does excellent work with a strong focus on climate justice, and is a particular leader in the international arena.

Great Mobilizing

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They have strong messaging and mobilization.


Expert Comments: Organization Strengths

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Effective Strategies

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The organization seems to be nimble, responsive, and strategically skilled. They are able to pick the spots where their work can have an impact.

Qualitative Structure

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Their global structure is key for long-term success.
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Erich Pica is a visionary and capable leader who is putting this group back on the map. The FOE efforts to develop a carbon tax initiative deserve our appreciation. Erich's role as a truth teller within the green group is important. He pushes the group to be more ambitious, and this is vital. His refusal to get too close to the Democratic party separates him from several groups, most notably LCV, Environment America, and Alliance for Climate Protection. Their work to stop subsidies to ethanol and biofuels was gutsy and had an impact on policy. Also, they are part of a global network, which really helps FOE leverage its power. Another organizational strength is FOA's legal ability to file Freedom of Information Act requests.


Expert Comments: Areas for Improvement

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Improve Media Strategy

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FOE was burned by the Washington Post on a big story, based on its own hard work. Its media strategy could be improved, by better understanding how to protect its interests in sharing information with media outlets.

Build Staff Capacity

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FOE could use designated funds for policy-savvy environmental lawyers so they can spot the issues, form pro-bono teams, and not depend on just one public interest law firm which may feel it has all the answers and stifle creativity and initiative.
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They are fired up but a bit youthful at the staff level.

Cultivate Support

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They don't have much of a base. FOE needs to prioritize building some kind of citizen support. FOE also needs to develop its donor base, which is still fragile. This group needs and deserves more financial investment from the donor community.

Be More Pragmatic

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They are too focused on purity, and not enough on pragmatism.


Leadership

Friends-of-the-earth
Erich  Pica
President 
Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica is a nationally recognized expert on energy subsidies who for more than a decade has worked to reform U.S. tax and budget policy in ways that reduce pollution and spark a transition to clean energy.

Prior to becoming Friends of the Earth’s president in 2009, Erich served as the organization’s director of domestic programs. In that role, he designed and launched many of Friends of the Earth’s campaigns including efforts to bring emerging technologies such as nanotechnology and synthetic biology under greater public and regulatory control and to reform how the federal government manages and invests in our transportation system.

Washingtonian calls Erich one of Washington, D.C.’s “40 Under 40: K Street's New Generation of Lobbyists.” He was named by Washington Life Magazine as one of Washington’s “Green City Leaders” and as one of the “Capital Region’s Most Influential Under 40 Residents.” He has testified before Congress and appeared extensively in the media, including on NBC Nightly News, the News Hour, Bill Moyers Journal, and various shows on MSNBC. Erich has been interviewed by National Public Radio and PRI’s Marketplace and has been quoted in publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, the Economist, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker, as well as by wire services including the AP, Bloomberg, and Reuters.

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