Climate Ride approves non-profit organizations that:

  • Are tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.
  • Align well with Climate Ride’s mission and goals.
  • Are highly rated by donors and volunteers.
  • Have at least 2 people ready to register and participate in a Climate Ride event who wish to select the organization. Beneficiaries will need at least 2 people to select their organization as a beneficiary to remain on the list for the following year.
  • Complete the beneficiary application process and provide the required documentation.

Organizations are only eligible for a Climate Ride grant if participants select them and raise funds on their behalf. Therefore, preference is given to organizations nominated by participants.

In order to become a partner beneficiary, the organization must commit to doing outreach and engaging supporters to select them as a beneficiary of any Climate Ride event.

If your organization is interested in becoming a beneficiary, or if you would like to nominate an organization, please contact us. We will schedule a call for the organization and Climate Ride to discuss if this could be a beneficial partnership.

Since 2008, Climate Ride has granted nearly $5 million to more than 200 organizations working on sustainability, bicycle advocacy, conservation, and climate change issues. Those organizations and their grant totals are listed below.

Grants to Beneficiary Partners, 2008 through 2017

Beneficiary OrganizationTotal to date
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition$279,130$244,504
Natural Resources Defense Council$187,906
National Parks Conservation Association$180,629
Glacier National Park Conservancy$172,523
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition$163,400
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy$156,856
Washington Area Bicyclist Association$126,042
Bike East Bay$121,002
Focus the Nation$112,616
Clean Air - Cool Planet$105,838
Citizens Climate Lobby$104,241
Vote Solar$81,048
B Lab$80,351
Transportation Alternatives$79,486
Green America$76,494
1% for the Planet$70,419
Greenbelt Alliance$69,627
Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment - UCLA School of Law$59,800
Environmental Defense Fund$59,272
GRID Alternatives$54,779
The Nature Conservancy$53,652
Bike Santa Cruz County$48,667
Alliance for the Great Lakes$47,976
Boston Cyclists Union$45,097
Walk San Francisco$44,548
Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE)$42,968
World Bicycle Relief$42,645
Sycamore Land Trust$42,446
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition$42,233
Active Transportation Alliance$40,907
Alliance for Climate Education$40,430
Climate One$35,775
Chesapeake Climate Action Network$34,871
Food & Water Watch$32,889
I Challenge Myself$32,777
Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition$30,393
University of Washington School of Public Health$28,566
Sierra Club California$27,552
Well House$26,803
Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition$26,051
California Straw Building Association$24,613
West Michigan Environmental Action Council$24,470
National Park Foundation$22,565
Environmental Working Group$20,606
Climate Protection Campaign$20,301
Climate Counts$19,579
Better Future Project$18,501
Bike New York$18,384
Adventure Cycling Association$18,119
League of American Bicyclists$16,114
GivePower Foundation$15,998
Solar Living Institute$15,624
California Bicycle Coalition$15,422
Bikes Not Bombs$15,041
Institute for Sustainable Communities$14,997
Alliance for Biking and Walking$14,905
Interfaith Power and Light$13,938
Institute for Transportation and Development Policy$13,895
Sierra Club National$12,424
Carbon War Room$12,316
Green Ninja Project$12,269
Saha Global$12,117
National Geographic Society$11,457
Climate Solutions$11,267
Sivananda Yoga Ranch$11,172
Clean Energy Coalition$10,642
Ecology Center - Ann Arbor$10,469
International Green Industry Hall of Fame$10,382
Spoke Folks$10,373
Marin County Bicycle Coalition$10,051
Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy$9,793
CDI - Miles of Trees$9,724
Climate Foundation$9,400
African Wildlife Foundation$9,060
Sustainable Harvest International$9,048
Union of Concerned Scientists$8,990
Chicago Fair Trade$8,877
Renewable Energy Long Island$8,432
Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.)$8,242
Bikes for the World$8,211
League to Save Lake Tahoe (Keep Tahoe Blue)$8,177
Architecture 2030$8,134
New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition$7,963
US Green Building Council - Natl Capital Region$7,867
The Earth Institute at Columbia University$7,798
Conservation International$7,636
Sage School$7,624
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation$7,476
Young Voices on Climate Change$6,988
San Francisco Green Film Festival$6,948
Center for Climate Protection$6,815
School for Field Studies$6,779
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy$6,216
Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates$6,131
Beyond Fistula$5,678
Maine Farmland Trust$5,575
San Diego County Bicycle Coalition$5,520
Green World Health Net$5,420
Ceres Community Project$5,209
Integral Heart Foundation$5,156
Conservation Media Group$5,088
Arts Earth Partnership$5,009
Woods Hole Research Center$5,009
Save Our Snow Foundation$4,760
Rainforest Alliance$4,737
Citizens' Greener Evanston$4,669
Women in Solar Energy (WISE)$4,554
Alliance for Environmental Sustainability$4,528
Oil Change International$4,391
League of Illinois Bicyclists$4,292
Northern California Solar Energy Association$4,186
International Association for Human Values$4,149
Asian Pacific Environmental Network$4,132
Bainbridge Island Land Trust$4,095
Green For All$3,968
East Coast Greenway Alliance$3,904
Help Educate$3,879
Cascade Bicycle Club$3,756
Mothers Out Front$3,736
Center for Resource Solutions$3,691
Friends of UNFPA$3,684
Center for Biological Diversity$3,657
American Solar Energy Society (ASES)$3,613
Local First$3,601
Environmental Advocates of New York$3,384
Illinois Green Economy Network$3,373
Boston Area Solar Energy Association$3,333
Delta Bike Project$3,260
Ecology Action Center$3,124
Sustainable Hudson Valley$2,977
Pie Ranch$2,891
Protect Our Winters$2,870
Boulder Food Rescue$2,754
Sierra Club Florida$2,722
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Appalachian Lab$2,680
American Bird Conservancy$2,660
HEET (Home Energy Efficiency Team)$2,577
Solar Roots$2,564
Sustainable Saratoga$2,536
Yosemite Conservancy$2,520
San Jose Parks Foundation$2,470
Presidio Graduate School$2,417
Sierra Club Illinois$2,410
Bike San Gabriel Valley $2,395
The Street Trust$2,364
Gearin' Up Bicycles$2,348
Parks & Trails New York$2,342
Ice911 Research$2,240
Sane Energy Project$2,083
League of Michigan Bicyclists$2,072
Climate Disobedience Center$2,015
IISD - United Nations Office$1,822
Center for Large Landscape Conservation$1,821
CommonWheels Bicycle Co-op$1,800
Bike Maryland$1,579
Greenhouse Gas Management Institute$1,562
All Hands Volunteers$1,513
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth$1,454
Cycles of Change$1,425
National Center for Appropriate Technology$1,416
International Living Future Institute$1,406
Sierra Club DC Chapter$1,388
Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage $1,353
Bike Walk Montana $1,340
Antioch University New England's Community Garden Connections$1,328
Marin School of Environmental Leadership$1,306
Whitefish Legacy Partners$1,280
Solar Action Alliance$1,254
Ride Richmond $1,200
Vermont Center for Ecostudies $1,180
Corporate Accountability International $1,160
Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility $1,129
Openlands $1,055
Local First Chicago $1,028
Sustainable Travel International $1,028
Cool the Earth$872
Strategic Energy Innovations$864
Bangor Land Trust$828
Bicycle Coalition of Maine$828
Bike Cleveland$775
Climate Smart Glacier Country$768
Bicycle Works $761
Berkeley Law Ctr for Law Energy & the Environment $747
Pacific Environment$747
Center for EcoTechnology$718
David Susuki Foundation$718
Community Cycles$647
Daily Acts Organization$646
Local First of West Michigan$568
The Clean Energy Leadership Institute$557
NextGen Climate America$539
Climate Cycle$494
350 Colorado$440
New England Grassroots Environment Fund$434
Cool Davis$413
Project Drawdown$404
Everybody Solar$384
San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition$349
University of Washington College of the Environment$300
Non-GMO Project$273
Change is Simple$267
Breathe California - Golden Gate Public Health Partnership$256
Wenatchee River Institute$240
Sustainable Princeton$224
Ohio City Bicycle Co-op$65