What Drives Us
CforSE is guided by two sets of principles.
The principals of sustainability state that the organization work towards a healthier environment, economy, and social condition that can be achieved without compromising future generation's ability to do the same.
The principles of grassroots organizing state that grassroots: 1) Win real improvements in peoples lives. 2) Empower individuals to create change. 3) Shift the balance of power to the majority.
Each of our campaigns is graded against these principles. For example: Our campaign to get commuter rail from Denver to Fort Collins instead of expanding I-25 effects sustainability by reducing air pollution, growing the local economy without sprawl, and giving people a transportation option that doesn't require the use of a car. This is a real improvement in people's lives. By canvassing and generating letters we are empowering individual citizens to make their community a better place. We are taking the decision making process out of the "backroom" where special interest have the power and bringing it to the people so that citizens can influence the process.
Our grassroots approach makes us unique among many social organizations. The fact that we are over 99% funded by contributions of under $100.00 makes us unique amoung almost all organizations. This funding strategy allows us to focus on what citizens want us to prioritize, as opposed to what large donors or foundations would want us to prioritize. We are literally, "By the people, for the people kind of people"!
Fred Kirsch, Director
Canvassers: Jared Ross, Darcy Donnellan, Tony Bonini
414B North Meldrum Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Community for Sustainble Energy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Contributions are tax deductible. We are over 99% citizen funded so that we are only working for "we the people". We will not accept any donation over 3% of the annual budget to avoid any conflict of interest.
Citizen Empowerment : Sustainable Energy