Frequently asked questions

What is the Green New Deal?

The Green New Deal is more than just one bill. It’s a vision for the future that stops the climate crisis, creates millions of good, union jobs, and ensures a livable future for all people. It’s the world we’ve always dreamed of, and the world we deserve. It’s rooted in the truth that every person has a right to clean air and water, protection from disaster, access to healthy food, and the promise of a comfortable life, no matter the color of their skin or where they were born. 

We will do this by transforming every aspect of American society and our economy to meet 100% clean and renewable energy in the next 10 years.

How Do I Join a Hub?

If you’re just getting started, a great way to learn about Sunrise would be to join one of our Welcome Calls online. We offer Welcome Calls to provide new members with an introduction to our movement and ways to get involved! Or, you can use our list of hubs (with contact info) to find a Sunrise group near you and contact them directly. Lastly, there are always ways to take action online if that better fits what you are looking for.

Who Should I contact at Sunrise?

If you have a general question or comment around Sunrise and our work, you can reach out to: [email protected].

If you’re a member of the press and need to reach our press team: [email protected].

What are the Hubs Doing?

Our hubs and chapters are working on the state and local level to popularize and win Green New Deal legislation across the country.

How do I get involved without joining a Hub?

There are always ways to take action online if that’s a better fit for you.

How are decisions made at Sunrise?

Right now, we’re building internal democratic systems to help our movement act with unity and make stronger decisions about the direction of Sunrise. What that means is we’re creating processes for our members to weigh in on key decisions pivotal to our movement. Democratic, transparent decision making helps all hubs and chapters feel unified and powerful.

Who started Sunrise?

Great question! The founders of Sunrise came from all across the youth climate movement — from international climate talks to the first fossil fuel divestment campaigns on college campuses to fights against fossil fuel infrastructure in our hometowns. Sunrise started because, despite some of the victories we achieved in those campaigns, it never added up to enough. The hurricanes got bigger, but our movement didn’t. We came together to plan out how we could make a movement that was as massive as the crisis we face.

Current leaders include these founders and more young people who want to stop climate change with Sunrise.

Why does Sunrise care so much about race and class?

For centuries, fossil fuel executives and the politicians they employ have used racism and classism to keep everyday people fighting over scraps while they profit. Building a movement across race and class is our only chance at building enough power to win a Green New Deal that leaves nobody behind.

Why isn’t the Inflation Reduction Act the Green New Deal?

The biggest difference between the Green New Deal and the Inflation Reduction Act is the kind of economy that they each envision. 

The Green New Deal envisions an economy with a robust public sector and low carbon jobs. That means public transit, public housing, workplace democracy, and investment in fields like nursing, care for the elderly and infirm, teaching, etc. There’s also a lot about community control of energy sources – such as community owned solar.

The Inflation Reduction Act is clearly an investment in the private sector’s ability to deal with climate change. The most striking example of this is the huge amount of tax credits given to electric car manufacturing.

donation and supporter FAQ


How can I make my donation? How do I donate via check, STOCK, OR WIRE?

Please visit this link to make a donation to Sunrise Movement (c4) and visit this link to make a donation to Sunrise Movement Education Fund (c3).

For wire transfers and stock donations, please contact Victoria Garcia at [email protected] for wire transfer instructions and our stock brokerage details intended to support Sunrise Movement (c4) or Sunrise Movement Education Fund (c3).

We currently are able to accept gifts of stock through our bank.

If you are interested in giving a donation of stock, please reach out to Victoria Garcia at [email protected] to assist you with processing your gift.


  • Check Instructions:
    • Funds can be mailed to Sunrise’s DC location. Please be sure to add all reference information. 
    • Payable to: Sunrise Movement Education Fund
    • Please mail to: Sunrise Movement Education Fund 712 H St. NE Unit 626 Washington DC 20002


  • Check Instructions:
    • Funds can be mailed to Sunrise’s DC location. Please be sure to add all reference information. 
    • Payable to: Sunrise Movement
    • Please mail to: Sunrise Movement 712 H St. NE Unit 626 Washington DC 20002

In order to support Sunrise Movement or Sunrise Movement Education Fund, we require a grant proposal.  Who should I contact?

If you need more information, please email Lexus Walker at  [email protected].

What is the difference between “Sunrise Movement Education Fund” and “Sunrise Movement”?

The two organizations that support our movement are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit called Sunrise Movement Education Fund (SMEF) EIN: 46-4773036, a 501(c)(3) public charity that supports public education about the climate crisis and civic engagement, and a 501(c)(4) nonprofit advocacy group called Sunrise Movement EIN: 82-1232167, a political and advocacy organization.

Gifts made to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit are tax-deductible, whereas 501(c)(4) gifts are not.

Sunrise Movement Education Fund supports our movement’s work to train our growing network of young people in the skills they need to take on the climate crisis in their communities and push for bold solutions at the scale necessary for a habitable future. In general, SMEF supports work like skills trainings, creative projects, and climate disaster response but are not used to support any work on elections.

Sunrise Movement aims to make climate change an urgent political priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and push forward leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people. Our c4 supports our movement’s communications, political protests, and lobbying efforts.

Most grassroots donations go to support our organizing and advocacy work around the Green New Deal and the thousands of young people working across the country to realize this ambitious policy. Sunrise has hundreds of hubs across the country and a full time staff team supporting our members. Donations support our organizers and volunteers with materials, housing, technology, food, travel, training expenses, and more to make our work possible.

I’d like to speak with someone directly before making my donation and I need additional information (i.e. 501c3 details, C4 options, etc.)?

If you need more information, please email Victoria Garcia at [email protected].