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Sierra Club

Sierra Club
[a 501(c)(4) lobbying organization]

Address: 85 Second Street 2nd Floor
San Francisco CA 94105-3459
2008 Income: $84,438,083
2008 Assets: $61,407,872

415-977-5500 Fax 415-977-5799.
Legislative office: 408 C Street, N.E., Washington DC 20002
Contact Person: Annette Henkin
Phone: (202) 547-1141   Fax: (202) 547-6009
Web site:
Status: 501(c)(4) Not eligible for charitable donations; Contributions are NOT deductible; foundation grants come through Sierra Club Foundation, a 501(c)(3) companion organization. Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund was renamed Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund in 1998.
EIN: 94-1153307
Founded: 1892
Exempt since: Feb 1968
Executive Chairman: Carl Pope
Executive Director: Michael Brune

Sierra Club relationships are mapped on Muckety

Profile: Lobbying and outdoor group attacking private property rights and free enterprise in the name of saving nature. Sole effort is to centralize control of land and the economy in authoritarian state. The Sierra Club is profiled in Ron Arnold and Alan Gottlieb's book, Trashing the Economy: How Runaway Environmentalism is Wrecking America.

Sierra Club Officers, Directors,and Key Employees 2008

Name Title Compensation
Deborah Sorondo COO $235,414
Carl Pope Executive Chairman (2010) $202,689
Michael Brune Executive Director (2010) not yet reported
Louis Barnes CFO $184,737
Bruce Hamilton Deputy Exec Director $171,659
David Simon Director Info & Communication $164,257
Gregory Haegele Dir of Conservation $157,448
Hamilton Leong Controller $147,675
Laura Hoehn General Counsel $114,591
Shari Morfin Dir of Finance $90,785
Allison Chin President $14,860
Sanjay Ranchod Director $0
Robin Mann Vice President $0
Robbie Cox Director $0
Rafael Reyes Director $0
Nathan Wyeth Director $0
Marilyn Wall Secretary $0
Lisa Renstrom Director $0
Larry Fahn Director $0
Joni Bosh Treasurer $0
Jeremy Doochin Director $0
Ellen F Pillard Director $0
Dave Karpf Fifth Officer $0
Connie Wilbert Assistant Treasurer $0
Bernie Zaleha Director $0
Barbara Frank Director $0

Carl Pope, executive chairman.
$202,689, benefits $33,727 (2008).
Appointed executive
chairman January 2010. Previously served as Club's executive director, associate conservation director, political director, and conservation director.
Former or current board member, California League of Conservation Voters; Public Voice; National Clean Air Coalition; California Common Cause; Zero Population Growth; America Coming Together; Apollo Alliance; Alliance for Climate Protection.
Previously executive director, California League of Conservation Voters; political director, Zero Population Growth.
Graduated summa cum laude Harvard College (1967).
wo years Peace Corps, Barhi Barhi, India.

Carl Pope's relationships are mapped on Muckety.

Michael Brune, executive director.
Appointed executive director January 2010.

Prior to working for the Sierra Club, Brune was the executive director of the Rainforest Action Network for seven years. He also worked as an organizer for Greenpeace.

In 1999, while working at Rainforest Action Network, Brune ran a coercive campaign to force Home Depot stores to stop purchasing and selling wood from old-growth forests. Time magazine listed this as its top environmental story of that year.

Brune is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, founded by Arianna Huffington, as well as SolveClimate and Daily Kos, all left-wing blogs.

Earned dual B.A.s in Economics and Finance, West Chester University, Pennsylvania, 1993.


John Muir's old-line conservation group (1892) with a long history of conflicts over resource use, remained in the hands of amateur naturalists like David Brower into the mid-Twentieth Century, then pioneered the professionalization of the environmental movement with the appointment of lawyer Michael McCloskey in 1969. His consummate demagoguery and political acumen led the members to forget their original mission "to make the mountains accessible," and reframe the issues as a war against industry of any kind, in which only the passage of draconian laws and ferocious use of lawsuits could save nature. It has been a straight line from McCloskey's war against industry to Michael Brune's war against industry.

Sierra Club financial condition 2008




Contributions $72,219,169
Government grants $0
Program Services $8,446,596
Investments ($1,560,679)
Sales of Goods $765.095
Special Events $69,361
Other $4,498,541

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Total Expenditures


Total Revenue




Grants: The Foundation Center database contains records of 313 grants to the Sierra Club, the Sierra Club Foundation, or other Sierra Club instrumentality.

Grants to Sierra Club / Sierra Club Foundation
provided by

Sierra Club Selected Grants Received

Sapelo Foundation
Grant $20,000.00 in 1998
Source Foundation Annual Report
Details Georgia Chapter Factory Hog Farm Education Project Education Project To provide funding to educate commmunity leaders and the public about the environmental and human health and safety threats posed by the establishment factory hog farms and other Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations in Georgia.
North American Fund for Environmental Cooperation
Grant $38,000.00 in 1999
Source Donor's Website
Details Coffee with a Cause is a research and action-oriented education project that promotes fair trade in North America, using coffee as an example. In 1999–2000, Équiterre and its partners will encourage importers, roasters, distributors, retailers, restaurateurs, and workplace administrators, to offer fairly-traded coffee. Équiterre will publish 3,000 copies of a commercial handbook that will help businesses participating in the fair-trade movement take action. The handbook will be adapted to various regions in Canada and the United States, in close cooperation with national fair-trade certification organizations—Fair Trade Mark Canada and TransFair USA. In Mexico, Équiterre will work in partnership with the Union of Indigenous Communities of the Isthmus Region (Unión de Comunidades Indigenas de la Región del Istmo)—a cooperative that grows organic, shade-grown coffee—to adapt, produce and distribute the Spanish version of Coffee with a Cause. The project's objective is to help double the number of sales outlets of fairly traded coffee in Canada and the United States, and to increase the sales of fairly traded coffee from Mexico in the Canadian and US markets by 50 percent in one year. Since 1996, Équiterre has played a leadership role in developing fair trade in Quebec. The Coffee with a Cause campaign has, until now, focused on consumer awareness; in doing so, it has increased the sales of fairly traded coffee in Quebec 35-fold and increased the sales outlets from three to 71. Despite this rapid growth, however, fairly traded coffee remains relatively inaccessible to North American consumers, primarily due to a lack of sales outlets. By forming strategic partnerships with national organizations, Équiterre will contribute to the development of sustainable coffee commerce in all of North America rather than just in Quebec. This strategy stems from the report on fair trade in Europe, produced in 1998 by Équiterre with support from NAFEC. The increase in fair trade among NAFTA countries will reinforce the environmental conservation work of Mexican coffee cooperatives and will allow North American businesses and consumers to contribute concretely towards sustainable development.
North American Fund for Environmental Cooperation
Grant $6,545.00 in 1999
Source Donor's Website
Details A People's Hearing on Hog Production and Processing in Prairie Canada and the US
Glaser Progress Foundation
Grant $25,000.00 in 2003
Source Donor's Website
Details For strengthening animal welfare concerns in the Club's CAFO campaign
Nathan Cummings Foundation
Grant $75,000.00 in 2001
Source IRS Form 990 or 990-PF
Details To support the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) campaign.


Sierra Club Top Funders and Grantees

Funding From Foundations
& Corporations

Total Donated

Time Frame
Pew Charitable Trusts $4,315,000.00 1992 – 2002
Joyce Foundation $3,007,675.00 1993 – 2002
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation $2,737,436.00 1993 – 2004
Blue Moon Fund $2,419,450.00 1992 – 2000
David & Lucile Packard Foundation $2,260,000.00 2000 – 2002
Energy Foundation $1,677,630.00 1992 – 2003
Richard & Rhoda Goldman Fund $1,510,000.00 1993 – 1999
Turner Foundation $1,315,500.00 1993 – 2002
Bullitt Foundation $1,079,475.00 1993 – 2002
Brainerd Foundation $988,500.00 1998 – 2003
Foundation for the Carolinas $976,700.00 1992 – 2001
Nathan Cummings Foundation $845,000.00 1991 – 2001
Harder Foundation $812,000.00 1998 – 2002
George Gund Foundation $735,000.00 1993 – 2002
Rockefeller Brothers Fund $710,000.00 1995 – 2001
Beldon Fund $696,000.00 2000 – 2002
John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $601,000.00 1994 – 1997
Surdna Foundation $600,000.00 1990 – 1996
Brunckhorst Foundation $572,500.00 1998 – 2002
William & Flora Hewlett Foundation $550,000.00 1998 – 2002
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Funding From Other
Activist Groups

Total Donated

Time Frame
Tides Foundation & Tides Center
$1,021,831.00 1991 – 2003
Environmental Defense
$16,750.00 1999 – 2001