Sierra Club Foundation

Cheryl Cirelli
Contributor: Elise Deming, RDN
Wilderness landscape

The Sierra Club Foundation is America's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization. It exists to fund projects that allow people to explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.

Mission of the Foundation

The Foundation of the Sierra Club is a public charity who provides support to the Sierra Club. It is their belief everyone has a right to a safe and healthy environment. They believe that clean air, clean water, open spaces, and wild lands need to be protected and preserved for the future generations. The foundation has played a role in the divergence from fossil fuel usage and the passage of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.

The foundation's official mission statement is, "To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives."

The foundation received 4 out of 4 stars on Charity Navigator and an "A" rating on Charity Watch.

Foundation Funding

The foundation provides funding for environmental projects that create climate solutions, conserve the environment, and reinforce the environmental movement.

Programs of the Foundation

The foundation is committed to a sustainable future. It funds many programs that support the commitment to resolve environmental challenges.

Beyond Coal to Clean Energy

The Serria Club has partnered with over 100 other organizations to replace coal plants with clean energy to help prevent global warming pollution.

Our Wild America

The foundation helps fund Our Wild America, which aims to preserve America's natural wild lands and keep fossil fuels at bay.

Seirra Club Outdoors

Serria Club Outdoors provides programming that brings people outdoors to encourage future preservation. Programming includes a variety of activities such as leadership trainings, local outings, and environmental education.

Environmental Law

Legal direction for Sierra Club is provided by the Environmental Law Program. It funds local chapters and groups to conduct litigation work on a wide range of environmental issues.

Environmental Justice

The foundation provides funds to bring attention to how environmental concerns directly impact the health of low income individuals, indigenous populations, and minorites.

Forward Fund

The Forward Fund program is centered on improving the world's clean energy sources and providers. This program invests in programs, projects, organizations, and strategies geared towards innovating clean energy.

Partnership Grants

Through the Partnership Grant program, the foundation provides grants to organizations in foreign countries to combat coal and fossil fuel pollution.

Horse Camp at Mt. Shasta

Shasta Alpine Lodge is a climbers' hut at Horse Camp located within the Mount Shasta Wilderness of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. It is a popular base camp for climbers and hikers on Mount Shasta. The foundation owns the property and operates the lodge. The lodge is a seasonal source of fresh water and also serves as an emergency shelter.

How to Donate

If you are interested in making a donation to the Sierra Club, you can do so online or by sending a donation to: The Sierra Club Foundation, 85 Second Street, Suite 750, San Francisco, CA 94105.

Gift Planning

Gift planning is another way to contribute to the Sierra Club and makes it possible for you to make a lasting contribution that will ensure that the environment will be protected for future generations. There are various planned giving options available such as:

  • Bequests
  • Retirement plan assets
  • Life income gifts

The Sierra Club

An organization geared towards improving and preserving the world's environment. The Serria Club is a reputable charity that is making a lasting impact on the environment. This organization funds a variety for programs that supports it mission statement. There are many ways to contribute to The Sierra Club.

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Sierra Club Foundation