350 Bay Area is Inspired by 350.org, but not part of 350.org
- 350.org Founded by Bill McKibben + 7: Global org spearheading climate advocacy
- 100’s of Local 350 Groups are inspired by 350.org, but not formally part of the 350.org organization
- 350 Bay Area is called a “Regional Hub” made up of Local Groups in the area
- 350 Bay Area (350BA) is a nonprofit corporation recognized in California and by the IRS., and recognized as a 501c3 (educational non-profit) Donations ARE tax-deductible, are primarily for educational purposes, and have limits for lobbying. For more information on 350BA-CEF, see its website.
- 350 Bay Area Action (350BAAction) is a nonprofit corporation recognized in California and by the IRS as a 501c4 (non-profit, social welfare organization) like the Sierra Club or League of Women’s Voters and works in association with 350 Bay Area. Donations are not tax-deductible, as 350BA-Action actively lobbies for essential climate legislation.
350 Bay Area is a coalition of local groups in the Bay Area Region that have joined together to work on climate change. This includes regional campaigns and regional events, conferences, etc. The Board of Directors, known as the Governing Board, is made up of 15 representatives drawn from local groups, regional campaigns and functional roles for regional efforts (such as Volunteer Coordinator, Communications, etc.). The Governing Board meets monthly, but a five-member Executive Committee meets weekly. It is made up of a rotation of all governing board members and can make decisions on endorsements, sponsorships, expenditures up to $500, and other matters that come up. We can also make email decisions when required. These require a majority to weigh in. If there is any dissent, an email decision requires 75% to pass.
The Policy Team (The “PT”)
The 350 Bay Area Board of Directors, called the Policy Team (the “PT”) are ultimately responsible for its operation. The PT votes in or out its own members and can modify the ByLaws and any decisions it makes. It meets monthly (usually the 2nd Saturday of each month). The PT currently has 15 members with founding members, and representatives of Local Groups (1 or 2), Campaign Teams and Functional Teams (Coordinators).
- Youth vs Apocalypse (YvA) began as a program of 350 Bay Area, and has since become it’s own organization. YvA, led by young people ages 10-18, organizes events and protests to get young people involved in climate justice action.
- Sunflower Alliance is a separate organization and has two representatives on the 350BA Policy Team. The organizations overlap in membership and are both aligned to fight climate change.
- 350BA’s Divestment Campaign morphed and combined with other folks to form the statewide organization, Fossil Free California. (FFCA), which is closely aligned with 350BA, and retains a seat on the Policy Team.
- California Interfaith Power & Light encourages congregation members to attend hearings, speak to legislators, and raise the moral voice of faith communities in state, regional and local campaigns. For more information about existing and future groups, contact Frances Aubrey, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Executive Committee (The “EC”)
In between SC meetings, the Executive Committee (the “EC”) meets weekly (currently on Tuesdays at 6:30) to execute the policies that the SC has decided. The EC has 4 members, made up of SC members serving in rotation for 4 months at a time. The EC can spend up to $500, can make endorsements, and can make most other decisions as it sees a need, but not on the membership of the EC or SC. The EC will refer items to the SC for its next meeting, or if urgent, via an email SC vote. To have the EC address a topic, contact the current EC Facilitator: Elena Engel: elenajengel (at) gmail.com