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Candid Give List: Climate Change, Energy and the Environment

Candid analyzed the giving patterns of the 1,000 largest U.S. foundations to identify a set of well-established, respected charities. The charities have been vetted and supported by multiple professional funders. They also meet Candid's high standards for transparency and legitimacy.

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Clean Air Task Force Inc

EIN: 04-3512550
Boston, MA

Clean Air Task Force is a nonprofit environmental organization that works to help safeguard against the worst impacts of climate change by catalyzing the rapid global development and deployment of low carbon energy and other climate-protecting technologies through research and analysis, public advocacy leadership, and partnership with the private sector.

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Chesapeake Climate Action Network

EIN: 11-3644283
Takoma Park, MD

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the first grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to fighting global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Our mission is to build a diverse movement powerful enough to put our region on the path to climate stability, while using our proximity to the nation’s capital to inspire action in neighboring states, regions nationwide, and countries around the world..

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Citizens for Pennsylvanias Future

EIN: 31-1607866
Harrisburg, PA

PennFuture is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania and beyond.  We are protecting our air, water and land, and empowering citizens to build sustainable communities for future generations.

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Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

EIN: 54-1892252
Arlington, VA

Our mission is to advance strong policy and action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote clean energy, and strengthen resilience to climate impacts. We are:    - A Trusted Source – We provide timely, impartial information and analysis on pressing climate and energy challenges    - A Bridge-Builder – We bring city, state, and national policymakers together with businesses and other stakeholders to achieve common understanding and consensus solutions    - A Policy Innovator – We develop market-based solutions and other practical policy approaches that deliver real and lasting climate progress    - A Catalyst for Business Action – We work with Fortune 500 companies to strengthen business action and business support for effective climate policy.

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Fresh Energy

EIN: 41-1735501
Saint Paul, MN

Fresh Energy's mission is to shape and drive realistic, visionary energy policies that benefit all. Together we are working toward a vision for an economy we thrive in and energy that ensures our well-being.  Fresh Energy is speeding Minnesota's transition to a clean energy economy, which will ensure that our region enjoys good health, a vibrant economy, and thriving communities today and for generations to come. From putting Minnesota on the pathway to being a national renewable energy leader to promoting clean transportation options for our growing economy, Fresh Energy has been an essential partner in helping the region develop efficient, cost-effective, and inclusive energy programming.

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Great Plains Institute for Sustainable Development

EIN: 41-1921126
Minneapolis, MN

As a non-partisan, non-profit organization, the mission of the Great Plains Institute (GPI) is to transform the energy system to benefit the economy and environment. GPI combines a unique consensus-building approach, expert knowledge, research and analysis, and local action to create and implement solutions across the U.S. By bringing the right people to the table, finding the best technologies, and stimulating the necessary markets, we can:    - increase energy efficiency and productivity  - decarbonize electricity production  - electrify the economy and otherwise adopt zero- and low-carbon fuels  - capture carbon for beneficial use and permanent storage.

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Environmental and Energy Study Institute

EIN: 52-1268030
Washington, D.C. 

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmentally sustainable societies. EESI believes meeting this goal requires transitions to social and economic patterns that sustain people, the environment and the natural resources upon which present and future generations depend.  EESI advances innovative policy solutions that set us on a cleaner, more secure and sustainable energy path.

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Solar One

EIN: 52-2440116
New York, NY

Solar One is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to design and deliver innovative education, training, and technical assistance that fosters sustainability and resiliency in diverse urban environments. We empower learning that changes the way people think about energy, sustainability, and resilience by engaging and educating a diverse set of stakeholders and beneficiaries. Our programs help individuals and communities explore new ways of living and working that are more adaptive to a changing world.

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Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies

EIN: 68-0260751 
Sacramento, CA 

We are a not-for-profit partnership of major environmental groups and private-sector clean energy companies.  We design and fight for policies that promote global warming solutions and increased reliance on clean, renewable energy solutions for California and the West.

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Rising Sun Center for Opportunity

EIN: 77-0359133
Oakland, CA

Rising Sun Center for Opportunity's mission is to empower individuals to achieve environmental and economic sustainability for themselves and their communities.   We fulfill this mission through two potent workforce development programs, serving over 200 youth and adults annually.  Participants receive hands-on job training, work experience, vocational skills, and universal soft skills, helping launch promising careers in solar, construction, and sustainability. At the same time, Rising Sun contributes no-cost energy and water efficiency services to thousands of households, boosting the greater Bay Area’s climate resilience.  We also advocate for greater equity and sustainability in local and state-level policy-making related to the environment and low-income communities.

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American Council for An Energy Efficient Economy

EIN: 94-2711707
Washington, D.C.

Through research and outreach, ACEEE acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. We are working for a future in which energy efficiency helps the United States achieve economic prosperity, energy security, and a healthy environment.

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Union of Concerned Scientists Inc

EIN: 04-2535767
Cambridge, MA

The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet's most pressing problems.  Joining with people across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.

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Environmental Defense Fund Incorporated

EIN: 11-6107128
New York, NY

Environmental Defense Fund's mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends.  Guided by science and economics, we find practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems. What distinguishes Environmental Defense Fund is the combination of what we protect and how we protect it.  We work to solve the most critical environmental problems facing the planet. This has drawn us to areas that span the biosphere: climate, oceans, ecosystems and health. Since these topics are intertwined, our solutions take a multidisciplinary approach. We work in concert with other organizations — as well as with business, government and communities — and avoid duplicating work already being done effectively by others.

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Ceres Inc

EIN: 22-3053747
Boston, MA

Ceres is transforming the economy to build a sustainable future for people and the planet. Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization leading the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy. Through our powerful networks and advocacy, we tackle the world's biggest sustainability challenges, including climate change, water scarcity and pollution, and human rights abuses.

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Environmental Law & Policy Center of the Midwest

EIN: 36-3866530
Chicago, IL

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy organization. We develop and lead successful strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to protect our natural resources and improve environmental quality. Our multi-disciplinary staff employs a teamwork approach using legal, economic analysis, public policy advocacy and research, and communications tools to produce successes that improve both our environment and our economy.

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EIN: 52-1557765
Washington, D.C.

Earthworks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mineral and energy development while promoting sustainable solutions.  Earthworks stands for clean air, water and land, healthy communities, and corporate accountability. We work for solutions that protect both the Earth’s resources and our communities.

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National Wildlife Federation

EIN: 53-0204616
Reston, VA

We believe America’s experience with cherished landscapes and wildlife has helped define and shape our national character and identity for generations. Protecting these natural resources is a cause that has long united Americans from all walks of life and political stripes. To hunters, anglers, hikers, birders, wildlife watchers, boaters, climbers, campers, cyclists, gardeners, farmers, forest stewards, and other outdoor enthusiasts, this conservation ethic represents a sacred duty and obligation to protect and build upon our conservation heritage for the sake of wildlife, ourselves, our neighbors, and—most of all—for future generations.

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Western Resource Advocates

EIN: 84-1113831
Boulder, CO

Founded in 1989, Western Resource Advocates is dedicated to protecting the West’s land, air, and water to ensure that vibrant communities exist in balance with nature. We use law, science, and economics to craft innovative solutions to the most pressing conservation issues in the region.

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As You Sow

EIN: 94-3169008
Berkeley, CA 

To promote corporate social and environmental responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building,  innovative legal strategies, and online financial transparency tools.

Please note this list is not exhaustive, and additional nonprofits are addressing climate change, energy and the environment in effective ways. In compiling this information, Fidelity Charitable has relied on publicly available information with links provided in this document. Fidelity Charitable is not responsible for the accuracy of this information or the ability of any organization to achieve specific goals. Fidelity Charitable makes no recommendation or endorsement with respect to any particular organization. Donors are encouraged to research organizations using tools, such as GuideStar and Charity Navigator, and by contacting a nonprofit’s leadership and development office to evaluate the organization’s effectiveness, financial standing and governance.