ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability USA Earns a "Top Nonprofit" Ranking by Philanthropedia

A group of 139 experts rate ICLEI USA among the top five nonprofits having an impact on climate change.

Oakland, CA, February 12, 2010 --(PR.com)-- ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA has been named as a Top Nonprofit in the field of climate change by Philanthropedia, a nonprofit mutual fund. ICLEI USA ranked fourth out of 15 top climate change nonprofits.

A group of 139 climate change experts assembled by Philanthropedia—including foundation professionals, nonprofit executives, and academics—praised ICLEI USA’s effective strategies, its ability to drive a movement of local governments working to mitigate climate change, and its essential tools and guidance to help U.S. cities and counties achieve significant, measurable progress. Expert comments included the following:
–"ICLEI's work with local governments is of crucial importance in the US."
–"I think they are very effectively engaging their constituency in actual changes and innovation."
–"They have good targets and achieve local Action, not just talk."

“We are proud to receive this distinction, which is a strong vote of confidence that we are succeeding in our mission to help local governments meet their climate, energy, and sustainability goals,” said Jeb Brugmann, ICLEI USA’s Interim Executive Director, and the founding Secretary General of ICLEI from 1990-2000. “In the United States and around the world, local governments join ICLEI because they recognize that we provide local support at the policy, planning, technical, and stakeholder engagement levels in an integrated fashion. As a result, the cities and counties that joined ICLEI’s climate programs in the 1990s are by far the most advanced today.

“This award, and our rapidly growing membership,” added Brugmann, “re-affirm the value of our unique approach. The more that government and business leaders look beyond the Beltway for ways to scale-up real on-the-ground action, the more I think they will look to partner with ICLEI’s growing network.”

ICLEI USA joined a distinguished group of climate change nonprofits on Philanthropedia’s top 15 list. ICLEI USA tied the Pew Center on Global Climate Change for fourth place, behind the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the World Resources Institute. Via the Philanthropedia website, launched in November 2009, individuals can make a single donation to support climate change work, which will be divided among these 15 organizations.

Philanthropedia is a nonprofit organization working to help donors make smarter donations by connecting them with some of the strongest nonprofits in a sector. They are differentiated from other online rating sites or donation sites because they use experts to identify top nonprofits; their website allows donors to support an entire social cause through an expert mutual fund. Philanthropedia’s experts have also rated nonprofits in the fields of education, microfinance, and Bay Area homelessness.

To read more about ICLEI USA’s Top Nonprofit rating—including the full expert comments—visit the Philanthropedia website:

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