Southern Environmental Law Center – SELC

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You can always find the SELC at the forefront of environmental policy in North Carolina. They are the first to the litigation table and work hand in glove with the Democrats when they are at the helm at NC DEQ, sometimes appearing as an adversary, but always pushing the most leftist policies.

The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) has received more than $3 million, in 4 grants, from Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation since 2003. SELC has received more than $4.5 million from the Energy Foundation.

Two massive, radical extremist environmental out-of-state groups spent millions in 2014 to defeat North Carolina legislators. The SELC, along with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), whose headquarters is in China and New York, worked to defeat six Republican legislative candidates by creating and funneling money to a shell group known as North Carolina Environmental Partnership (NCEP). Civitas filed a complaint with the North Carolina State Board of Elections (SBOE) against SELC and NRDC contending that they had violated state law and federal regulations by paying for TV ads but indicating the ads were paid for by the NCEP. There is no evidence that the NCEP actually exists. NCEP appeared to be a shell group used to hide the identities of SELC and NRDC. Because neither the NRDC nor the SELC identifies donors in their reports, millions of dollars were spent in this state by groups that refuse to identify their funding sources.

 

A 2014 United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Minority Staff report, titled “The Chain of Environmental Command – How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA,” describes the Energy Foundation this way:

“The Energy Foundation is a pass-through public charity utilized by the most powerful Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA) members to create the appearance of a more diversified base of support, to shield them from accountability, and to leverage limited resources by hiring dedicated energy/environment staff to handle strategic giving. The Energy Foundation is the largest recipient of grants from the foreign-funded Sea Change Foundation; yet, it appears the Energy Foundation attempts to hide donations from Sea Change, as it is not listed as one of Energy Foundation’s partners.”

Financials: Source IRS 990s       
Year Revenue   Expenditures   Net Assets
2015 $35,398,817   $22,279,867   $78,658,169
2014 $39,032,095   $20,811,748   $66,998,516
2013 $23,854,021   $17,097,949   $46,703,255
2012 $17,080,456   $14,192,984   $36,996,788

 

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People Connections:

Association Position & Time
David Neal Staff Attorney Current
Chandra Taylor Senior Attorney Current
Gudrun Thompson Senior Attorney Current
Derb Carter, Jr. Director, Chapel Hill Office Current
John Suttles Litigation Director Current
Frank Holleman Senior Attorney Current
Mary Maclean Asbill Senior Attorney Current
Sierra Weaver Senior Attorney Current
Geoff Gisler Senior Attorney Current
Kym Hunter Staff Attorney Current
Nick Torrey Staff Attorney Current
Myra Blake Staff Attorney Current
Brooks Pearson Staff Attorney Current
Will Hendrick Associate Attorney Current
Kara Kooken Development Officer Current
Patrick Hunter Staff Attorney Former
Amelia Burnette Senior Attorney Former
Sam Evans Staff Attorney Former
D.J. Gerken Managing Attorney Former
Peter Ledford Legal Practice Fellow Associate Attorney Former
Will Scott Attorney Former
Lauren Bowen Staff Attorney Current
Blakely Hildebrand Associate Attorney Current
Nadia Luhr Associate Attorney Current
Peter Stein Associate Attorney Current
Ramona McGee Associate Attorney Current
Leslie Griffith Associate Attorney Current
Kathleen Sullivan Senior Program Communications Manager (NC) Current
Jovian Sackett Senior Geospatial Analyst Current
Shannon Groff Geospatial Analyst Current

This group funded by:

Funder Year Amount Description
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2016 240,000 For general operating support
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2015 720,000 For general operating support
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2012 720,000 General Support
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2009 825,000 General Support
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2006 825,000 General Support
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2003 750,000 General Support
Triangle Community Foundation 2015 11,726 For alliances and advocacy
Triangle Community Foundation 2014 2,000
Triangle Community Foundation 2014 2,000
Triangle Community Foundation 2013 2,000
Triangle Community Foundation 2013 2,000
Triangle Community Foundation 2013 25,000 For unrestricted use
The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment Inc 2015 20,000 Protect the Chesapeake Bay from fracking on lands perilously close to the Bay and from coal ash storage in unlined ponds adjacent to Virginia rivers in the Bay watershed
Julian Price Family Foundation 2013 3,500 General purpose of charity
Julian Price Family Foundation 2014 6,000 General purpose of charity
Julian Price Family Foundation 2015 5,000 General purpose of charity
The Frances & William H Beattie Foundation 2015 10,000 General usage
F M Kirby Foundation Inc 2013 25,000 For continued efforts in NC
F M Kirby Foundation Inc 2014 30,000 For continued efforts in NC
F M Kirby Foundation Inc 2015 30,000 For continued efforts in NC
F M Kirby Foundation Inc 2016 30,000 For continued efforts in NC
F M Kirby Foundation Inc 2017 30,000 For continued efforts in NC
The Blumenthal Foundation 2014 1,000 For general operating support
Energy Foundation 2014 400,000 Program development
Energy Foundation 2013 640,000 Program development
Energy Foundation 2012 200,000 Program development
Energy Foundation 2012 525,000 Program development
Energy Foundation 2011 450,000 Program development
Energy Foundation 2010 515,000 Program development
Energy Foundation 2010 160,000 Program development
Energy Foundation 2009 375,000 Program development
Energy Foundation 2008 375,000 Program development
Energy Foundation 2007 300,000 Program development
Energy Foundation 2007 525,000 Program development
Ella Ann L and Frank B Holding Foundation 2015 1,000 General support
Ella Ann L and Frank B Holding Foundation 2016 2,000 General support
Challenge Fund 2014 2,000
Overton and Katherine Dennis Fund 2017 10,000 General charitable purposes
James P. and Rebecca T. Craig Foundation 2017 75,000
Futch Foundation, Inc. 2015 250
Futch Foundation, Inc. 2014 250
Futch Foundation, Inc. 2013 250
Futch Foundation, Inc. 2016 250
Marty and Dorothy Silverman Foundation 2017 238,000
Msb Cockayne Fund, Inc 2016 12,000 General support
Msb Cockayne Fund, Inc 2016 6,000 General support
Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation 2013 190,000 For Low Country Land Conservation Partnership

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Address 1:
601 West Rosemary Street Suite 220

City:
Chapel Hill

State:
NC

Zip:
27516