The environmental organizations that employ the most people have between 143 and 4,091 employees, and tend to run environmental education, energy conservation, or natural resource conservation programs (among other types of environmental organizations). The more popular environmental organizations — Nature Conservancy, Greenpeace, Sierra Club, etc. — are present, but the realm of environmental nonprofits is much larger than just environmental advocacy. And geographically these top environmental organizations are distributed throughout the country, with states like Minnesota, Colorado, and Montana having a disproportionate presence.
|State||Number of big environmental orgs|
|District of Columbia|
|Nonprofit type||Number of nonprofits|
|C35: Energy conservation organizations|
|C60: Environmental education programs|
|C34: Land conservation groups|
|C32: Water and wetland protection organizations|
|C30: Natural resource conservation nonprofits|
|D30: Wildlife protection organizations|
|C50: Civic environmental organizations|
|D34: Wildlife sanctuaries|
Cause IQ digitizes and cleans electronic and paper / scanned Form 990s for over 400,000 IRS-registered tax-exempt organizations. We narrowed these to environmental-related organizations, excluding nonprofits that are botanical gardens and pet-focused. Specifically, we are looking at organizations classified within these following NTEE codes, or their subordinates: C30, C50, C60, and D30.
Article originally published on January 22, 2020.