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Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG)

Program areas | Form 990s | Financials | Vendors | Personnel | Peers

VPIRG is a energy conservation organization based in Montpelier, VT that was founded in 1972. As of 2019 they had $1.4 million in revenue and $2.0 million in assets.

The common mission of VPIRG and VPIREF is to promote and protect the health of Vermont's people, environment and locally-based economy by informing and mobilizing citizens statewide.

(802) 223-5221
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Program areas at VPIRG

General Membership Services - As the largest membership-based environmental and consumer advocacy organization in the state VPIRG provides educational and informational resources on our campaigns and related issues to over 55,000 members and supporters annually. VPIRG serves as a go-to resource for individuals and groups to learn about public interest policy issues and opportunities for making their voices heard on issues at critical times throughout the year. VPIRG also regularly provides training to activist members in core skills such as writing a letter to the editor, speaking in public about policy issues, organizing local community meetings, and how to lobby their elected officials.

Zero Waste - VPIRG works to advance policies and solutions that hold manufacturers accountable for the products they put into our environment and move us closer to zero waste in Vermont. * To that end, VPIRG has defended Vermont's successful Bottle Bill law from multiple industry attacks and continues to make the case that the law needs to be updated and strengthened to cover water and non-carbonated beverages. * In 2018, after more than two decades, VPIRG finally succeeded in ending the giveaway of millions of dollars in unclaimed Bottle Bill deposits to the beverage industry and put that money to work for Vermonters instead. Under the new legislation the State will now reclaim the deposits and use the money (millions of dollars each year) to help clean up Vermont's waterways. This is a victory many years in the making - the result of hard work and grassroots advocacy by ...

Climate and Energy - Vermonters know that we have a moral responsibility to protect our kids and grandkids from the environmental, economic, and social havoc that fossil fuels are wreaking. VPIRG agrees with the majority of Vermonters who want to cut our dependence on fossil fuels and take control of our energy future by using clean, renewable power. VPIRG works to advance policies and programs that aim to stop our continued reliance on fossil fuels and other dirty energy like nuclear power, and to dramatically increase the use of clean, local renewable energy. * To that end, in 2018 VPIRG helped pass expanded appliance efficiency standards for 16 appliance types not currently covered at the federal level, from air compressors and commercial dishwashers to computers and computer monitors. Taking these inefficient appliances out of the market will save Vermonters $210 million by 2035 and dramatically reduce carbon pollution. * Another ...

Form 990s for VPIRG

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2018-12Feb 7, 2020990View PDF
2017-12Mar 15, 2019990View PDF
2016-12Dec 29, 2017990OView PDF
2015-12Apr 7, 2017990OView PDF
2014-12Jan 27, 2016990OView PDF
...and four more Form 990 PDFs

Financials for VPIRG

Total grants, contributions, etc.$1,481,033
Program services$0
Investment income and dividends$1,899
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$2,930
Total revenues$1,485,862

Vendors for VPIRG

VendorServicesAmount paidDate
Microsoft ServicesSoftware2020-03-17
█████████CRM software; Marketing software2020-03-04
██████████Fundraising software2020-03-04
███ ███ ███Content management system software; Marketing software; Fundraising software; Advocacy software2020-03-04
█████████Content management system software2020-03-04
█████ ███ ████████ ██Tax accounting2020-02-07
███████ █ █████ ██Tax accounting2013-12-16

Personnel at VPIRG

NameTitleCompensationMost recent data
Paul BurnsExecutive Director and Authorized Tax$31,291Feb. 7, 2020
Ashley OrgainPresident$0Dec. 31, 2018
████████ ██████Treasurer$0Dec. 31, 2018
█████ ██████Vice President$0Dec. 31, 2018
████ █████████Secretary$0Dec. 31, 2018
███████ █████President$0Dec. 31, 2016
████ █████████Past Treasurer$0Jan. 27, 2016
█████ ██████Vice - President$0Dec. 31, 2015

Peer energy conservation and development organizations

1Public Citizen501(c)(4)$5.1 millionWashington, DC
2Vermont Public Interest Research & Education Fund501(c)(3)$835,829Montpelier, VT
3Citizens Action Coalition501(c)(4)$888,820Indianapolis, IN
4Securing Americas Future Energy (SAFE)501(c)(4)$1.5 millionWashington, DC
5Conservation Voters of SC Educ Fund501(c)(3)$515,933Columbia, SC
6Coming Clean501(c)(3)$1.2 millionBrattleboro, VT
7Clean Energy Group501(c)(3)$1.2 millionMontpelier, VT
8Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy501(c)(4)$401,910Montgomery, AL
9Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)501(c)(3)$2.8 millionOakland, CA
10NextGen Policy501(c)(3)$4.8 millionSan Francisco, CA
11Washington Environmental Council (WEC)501(c)(3)$3.0 millionSeattle, WA
12Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS)501(c)(4)$1.7 millionMinneapolis, MN
13New York Public Interest Research Group Fund501(c)(3)$4.4 millionNew York, NY
14Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas501(c)(6)$2.1 millionSacramento, CA
15Western Colorado Alliance501(c)(3)$474,951Grand Junction, CO
16PowerOptions501(c)(4)$3.3 millionBoston, MA
17Calcef Ventures501(c)(4)$1.6 millionOakland, CA
18West Virginia Citizen Action Group501(c)(4)$445,450Charleston, WV
19Green Electronics Council501(c)(4)$3.5 millionPortland, OR
20Western Organization of Resource Councils501(c)(4)$2.3 millionBillings, MT
21Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC)501(c)(3)$5.9 millionMontpelier, VT
22Energy Action Network501(c)(3)$487,663Montpelier, VT
23California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance501(c)(4)$2.6 millionSan Francisco, CA
24California League of Conservation Voters501(c)(4)$1.5 millionOakland, CA
25NJ League of Cons Voters501(c)(4)$404,057Trenton, NJ