350 Org

Boston, MA   |  www.350.org

Mission

350.org’s mission is to inspire, train and mobilize people to join a broad and diverse climate movement that challenges the systems that lead to catastrophic climate change and brings the world closer to a just and sustainable future.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

May Boeve

Main address

PO Box 843004

Boston, MA 02284-3004 USA

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Formerly known as

1Sky Education Fund

EIN

26-1150699

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Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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Our programs

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US Campaigning

Climate Change campaigning in the United States

Population(s) Served
Adults

Working across regions to end the financial and reputational support for the fossil fuel industry

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

350.org’s mission is to inspire, train and mobilize people to join a broad and diverse climate movement that challenges the systems that lead to catastrophic climate change and brings the world closer to a just and sustainable future. Our name references the safe upper limit of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, 350 parts per million. Our aim is to keep global warming below 1.5°C and ensure a just and equitable transition away from fossil fuels into a clean energy economy. We are building a grassroots movement of millions of people to match the scale and needs required to mitigate climate change and end the era of fossil fuels.

Policy solutions and messaging cannot affect change alone: there needs to be a sustained effort to bring real people and their voices into public debate. For more than a decade, 350.org has mobilized people to demand necessary climate action and shift how the broader public thinks about the climate crisis.

To build and create a sustained movement, we:
- Mobilize: We give people an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment and concern on climate through taking action
- Campaign: We run innovative campaigns as a way to amplify the voices of ordinary people wanting to see change, to shape the public debate and narrative;
- Support the Movement: We connect thousands of groups within a broader movement at key moments for climate action across geographies and intersectional issues, and scale this connection globally to increase the impact and reach of goals

350.org's theory of change is centered on the belief that we must create significant logistical, financial, and strategic obstacles to disincentivize the fossil fuel industry’s continued expansion. Our campaigns generate grassroots support, build community power to demand climate action, and change the prevailing narrative around fossil fuels, making it politically unviable for decision-makers to support them. We are working with millions of people, thousands of partners, and a global staff to advance our theory of change.

Our strategies and activities are aligned with our three-year strategy that focuses on four pathways:
- Inspiring individuals to take action and growing leadership
- Supporting, linking and growing groups within the climate movement
- Shifting the overarching discourse on climate action
- Dismantling the pillars of support for the fossil fuel industry

350.org was started in 2008 by a group of college kids and author Bill McKibben, with the inspiration to fight climate change. In the last decade, 350.org has grown and built a large and diverse global organization to meet the climate crisis at scale. We have 160 staff members working in 32 countries across the world, including the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Indonesia, Japan, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Our organization is led by our Executive Director, May Boeve, and anchored by an 11-member Board of Directors working in the social justice sector in Africa, Asia, and North and South America. Our Board of Directors bring high-level expertise in movement strategy, organizational development, finance, governance, and fundraising. 350.org’s niche in the climate movement is to leverage our network of connected organizations and individual activists to mobilize and create the conditions for our campaigns to succeed.

Our campaigns to stop fossil fuel projects continue to gain traction worldwide. Together with our global partners, we've recently help stop, delay, or cancel projects including: Keystone XL pipeline in the US, Lamu Coal mine in Kenya, Thabametsi coal mine in South Africa, coal projects in Turkey, Indonesia, and more.

Our divestment and fossil fuel finance campaigns are increasing in size and impact in all of the regions where we work. We recently celebrated an important victory when New York State announced that they would be divesting its $226 billion pension fund, making it the largest pension fund in the world to take comprehensive climate action, including fossil fuel divestment.  We are actively campaigning across regions, and are starting to see central banks and large financial institutions in the Europe, Japan, South Africa, and the US move toward ending fossil fuel financing.

We designed and led the 2021 Global Just Recovery Gathering online training in April. We leveraged our online strategies to create a multiple-day training to engage youth and adult leaders, community members, organizations, and networks to reconnect and build collective power within the climate movement in April with thousands of participants from 151 countries.

Created a new multilingual storytelling toolkit for the climate movement to leverage storytelling as a powerful way to shift the global narrative on climate and amplify the authentic stories and voices from people on the frontlines of the climate crisis who are most affected and often least heard. Our storytelling toolkit is currently available in English, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.

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350 Org

Board of directors
as of 4/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

China Brotsky

Bill McKibben

No Affiliation

KC Golden

Climate Solutions

Jessy Tolkan

Citizen Engagement Lab

Naomi Klein

No Affiliation

Jay Halfon

Sustainable Markets Foundation

Melina Laboucan-Massimo

Lidy Nacpil

Jubilee South

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

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