This week we’re profiling The Sierra Club. Are they in your Givolio?
The National Sierra Club was established in 1892 by John Muir, the founder and first president. It is currently the oldest and largest grassroots nonprofit organization in the world, with 65 chapters and over 400 local groups.
The South Carolina Chapter was founded on June 24, 1978. It has nine local groups, and the Sierra Club is the state’s largest grassroots environmental organization and it consists of over 20,000 dedicated members across the state of South Carolina. The Sierra Club not only leads outdoor adventures in all parts of the state, it also works to protect the health of the community, wildlife, and environment through public education and local politics. Members engage in legislative and regulatory advocacy on behalf of the environment.
The mission of the club is to explore, protect, and provide knowledge about the wild places of the earth. Members practice and promote responsible use of Earth’s ecosystems. They hope to educate and enlist people to assist and restore the quality of the natural and human environment. Through outdoor recreation activities, club members hope to teach others how to appreciate wildlife and our surrounding natural community.
99% of the income for the Sierra Club comes from individual contributions, with 88.8 cents of every dollar donated going to conservation programs. 1% of income comes from advertising and sales.