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the project

Climate Change National Forum (CCNF) is a national platform, founded and led by climate scientists, to inform and educate the American public on the science of climate change and its policy implications. Our website,, debuted on January 1, 2014 and has quickly gained national attention as a “go-to” source for citizens wanting to hear what scientists have to say about climate change. The site is an open forum for climate, physical, earth, and life scientists to blog about climate science and share and debate ideas on aspects of the science relevant to policy making. Many of the nation’s leading climate scientists are now blogging in the Forum and fact checking and commenting on recent stories in the media. 
While the CCNF journalistic initiative covers both science and policy, we are starting with the science. As Texas State Climatologist and CCNF co-founder Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon explains: “You can’t develop policy in response to potential future threats or opportunities unless you know what those threats and opportunities are.” After a good foundation in the science has been set (meaning any and all necessary debate on the science has been exhausted by the scientists), Phase II will kick in, and the Forum will open up to subject matter experts and policy makers willing to compare and debate the benefits and costs of possible responses. 
CCNF has demonstrated some remarkable success since the Forum’s debut in January. With only 16 featured articles (as of 4/16/14), CCNF has garnered over 25,000 views and from over 6,000 unique visitors. Our social media play per post is far surpassing that of other climate blogs and reaching levels only seen on major blogs of the nation’s daily daily newspapers. Our Tweets have reached hundreds of thousands of feeds, thanks in large part to a diverse following of journalists and scientists all over the world. The CCNF Scientist Community has doubled in size and includes atmospheric scientists, oceanographers, physicists, and other scientists at the forefront of the peer-reviewed research in their fields. (CCNF is openly soliciting all Fellows and scientist-members of the American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, and American Institute of Physics to join and participate, and the Forum is open to any scientist that can meet the CCNF scientist criteria, as determined by the scientists on the board.)
CNF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and has gotten this far on the generous time and energy of its volunteer science columnists and a jack-of-all-trades executive director, but to continue operations beyond May, we need at least one salaried staff member. And if CCNF is to reach its full potential as  America’s most trusted and most viewed source for credible dialogue on climate change, we need funding at levels commensurate with that goal. As such, CCNF seeking donations from individuals, corporate sponsorship, Foundation funding in order to:
  1. Hire a lead science journalist to run the fact checker section, moderate as needed, publish interviews and original pieces, tweet and post regularly in social media, create podcasts and possibly host a radio show, and provide ongoing reports that break down the Forum’s complex content so that it is accessible to the general public.
  2. Hire an executive director and communications director to manage the site, assist and integrate the columnists, run a robust marketing/SEO/AdWords campaign, and build CCNF’s national profile. It will be incumbent on these two staff members to quickly grow a national audience and ensure that the scientists’ and journalist’s content is accessible to — and reaches — all facets of the American public.
  3. Have the ability to compensate those science columnists that are taking a leadership role in the initiative and contributing posts regularly. Compensating a core group will ensure a regular stream of contributions from climate scientists at the forefront of the published literature on climate change.
In sum, what is the value of bridging the communication gap between the scientific community and American people on this issue? What is providing the general citizenry with the most accurate possible understanding of science of climate change worth? Is there a monetary value in a powerful and truly objective platform for leading scientists to fact check coverage of climate change by the news media and honestly converse on this issue before the American people? Is it enough to pay a staff? What is the national value of forcing a bipartisan national dialogue, grounded in science, on what can or should be done about climate change as a nation?
At this point, we are not asking corporations, foundations, or individuals to bet on our success. The success of the Forum project has been demonstrated. We are simply asking corporations, foundations and individuals to help continue—and scale up—what is already working. Financial contributions in the amount of $50,000 to $1,000,000 or more will enable CCNF to sustain itself as the leading national forum on climate change, measurably improve climate and science literacy in all facets of the American public, and advance the national dialogue on climate change beyond the current partisan morass. With your help, we can and will make that happen.
Michael Quirke
Executive Director
Climate Change National Forum
Former Captain, U.S. Army (infantry)


the steps

  1. Raise $65,000 to hire the staff.
  2. Hire the journalist.
  3. Hire the executive director.
  4. Hire the communications director. 
  5. Continue scaling up the forum, continue gaining the participation of climate scientists at the forefront of the published literature, and improving the website.
  6. Achieve a critical mass. Exhaust the preliminary analysis of the science. 
  7. Begin a national policy debate, unprecedented in size and scope, on what can or should be done about climate change as a nation.

why we're doing it

Because Americans are divided on whether climate change is a major problem, and even more so on what can or should be done about climate change as a nation.



(in order of pay out)

Fundraising and Recruitment Products and Printing costs 600
Contract Programmer 5,500.00
Journalist Annual Salary 25,000.00
Reimbursement of previous expenses incurred by Executive Director (hosting costs, video, programming, IRS fee) 1,494.96
Executive Director/Site Administrator Annual Salary 25,000.00
Accounting Fees 1,200.00
Subtotal 58,794.96


SUBTOTAL = $58,794.96
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $2,939.75
3rd Party Credit Card Processing Fee (3%) $1,763.85
TOTAL TO RAISE = $63,533.56

RAISED = $2,849.00
ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) no longer applicable (team received 501c3 status)
3rd Party Credit Card Processing Fee (3%) $81.96

Revised Budget, 10/23/2014

AGU Fall Meeting Booth Fee: $410.20

Flight to AGU Fall Meeting: $780

Contract Programmer: $400

Custom Marketing Materials Fees: $200

IRS 501(c)(3) Application Fee Reimbursement: $850

Summer Part-Time Worker Reimbursement: $800

Printing Costs; Gas for Regional Events: $250


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