Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund

Cleveland, OH   |  http://www.ohiocitizen.org

Mission

Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund informs, organizes and mobilizes people to advocate for public interests. In person, by phone, and online, we engage people in actions that protect public health, improve environmental quality, and benefit consumers. Our campaigns connect Ohioans and build a movement to protect democracy and create a sustainable future.

Ruling year info

1977

Executive Director

Melissa English

Program Director

Rachael Belz

Main address

1511 Brookpard Rd.

Cleveland, OH 44109 USA

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Formerly known as

Citizens Policy Center

EIN

34-1208940

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Citizen Participation (W24)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Ohioans care about the issues on which we work- environmental quality, consumer rights, government and corporate accountability- and yet there are so many things competing for their time, they rarely research those issues or strategize about how and where their own limited resources might make the greatest impact. We fill this public education and grassroots organizing gap and make it simple for people to actively engage in our public interest campaigns.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Make Ohio a clean energy leader

As part of the Ohio Energy Table coalition, we work to promote comprehensive, equitable energy policy to expedite the transition from fossil fuel use, ensure the lowest-possible bills for consumers, stimulate the green energy sector of our economy, reduce threats to public health and environmental quality. We also fight utility rate hikes related to proposed bailouts of coal and nuclear plants and promote and support new, utility-scale renewable energy projects. Since 2020 we've done grassroots outreach for the Power a Clean Future Ohio campaign, which prioritizes local community action to reduce carbon emissions, stop energy waste and save customers money on electric bills.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our goals are to break down complex issues, effectively communicate them to Ohioans and provide people with training and opportunity to exercise their rights as citizens and advocate for themselves.

Our strategies include; conducting our own research and compiling others' research; releasing reports and other publications; training people to do everything from researching polluters in their community to writing and delivering testimony at public hearings to organizing their neighbors; campaign strategizing; grassroots and online organizing; media work and coalition building.

We've been blessed with massive human capital. Our top leaders not only have decades of non-profit administration and organizing experience, but have all come from field or phone canvass backgrounds. We understand the power of canvassing to make change, because we've all done it. That long history of organizing in Ohio has also led to development of relationships with other consumer and environmental leaders, both statewide and nationally. These relationships form the basis of our successful coalition work that has allowed us to claim victory on 75% of campaigns undertaken in the last 10 years.

Though we've worked on dozens of different issues since 1975, our recent work has been about energy, partly because it encompasses both our environmental and consumer focuses. In 1999, when the Ohio legislature voted to de-regulate the electricity market, we saw a threat to consumers and worked to insert language into the deregulation bill that would allow consumers to choose their provider in the new, competitive market. Since then, we've leveraged customer choice to not only save consumers millions of dollars, but also to guide aggregated communities to request 100% renewable energy from their providers. In the last two decades as well, we've:
* won a lawsuit against American Electric Power, requiring them to spend $4 billion on pollution reduction at its coal-fired power plants, blocked a 1,000 MW coal fired power plant from being built in Meigs county, the fifth such plant in a 12 mile radius; * worked with state and national allies to close 22 of Ohio's oldest, dirtiest coal boilers; * defeated coal plant bailout proposals at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and Federa Energy Regulatory Commission; * and stopping fixed rate increases proposed by AEP and Duke that would have charged customers $120 and $192 more per year respectively, regardless of usage.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund

Board of directors
as of 3/10/2022
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Board chair

Heather Zoller

Heather Zoller

Brooke Smith

Phil Leppla

Robert Park

Beth Havens

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? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/02/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Appalachian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/02/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.