The goal of KCC is to provide a voice for a wide coalition of environmentally concerned groups and individuals. Organizational partnership or affiliation with KCC is available to all non-profit, non-governmental environmental organizations located within, or having members in the Commonwealth.
Current KCC Affiliate Organizations
- The Kentucky Bluebird Society
- Kentucky Environmental Education Projects, Inc
- Kentucky Waterways Alliance
- Beckham Bird Club
- Cumberland Chapter of the Sierra Club
- Kentucky Heartwood
- Kentucky Audubon Council
- Kentucky Solar Partnership
- The Kentucky Native Plant Society
- Kentucky Woodland Owners Association
- Kentucky Environmental Foundation
- Kentucky School Garden Network
- Greater Louisville Group of the Sierra Club
- Northern Kentucky Group of the Sierra Club
- Appalachia-Science in the Public Interest
- The Nature Conservancy – Kentucky Chapter
Partnering or Affiliating with KCC
Membership as a Partner or Affiliate organization is available to all nonprofit, non-governmental, environmental organizations located within or having members in the Commonwealth. There are two membership categories: Partners and Affiliates. Partners are paying members and Affiliates are nonpaying cooperators. Most of the rights and responsibilities are similar, but some vary.
Both Partners and Affiliates are asked to:
- Help KCC increase membership by either (a) sending information to their membership explaining how individuals may join KCC, at least once per year in a regular mailing to their membership, or (b) providing mailing lists of their members, at KCC’s request, so that KCC can invite their members to join KCC.
- Provide a link on their website, if they have one, to the KCC website.
- Publish articles provided by KCC in their newsletter at least annually. The articles may be about KCC, KCC membership, or its legislative priorities.
- Provide input to KCC about legislative priorities, especially at the Annual Meeting and special Affiliate/Partner meetings.
Both Partners and Affiliates receive:
- Information on legislative activities that the organization may relay to its membership.
- Invitations to participate in meetings organized by the KCC legislative agent to coordinate lobbying efforts. These meetings will usually be held weekly during the legislative session.
- Link from the KCC website to the organization.
- E-mail contact via KCC’s “Calls for Legislative Action” to support/oppose key state environmental legislation.
- A report, at the end of each legislative session, in KCC’s “Legislative Alert.” The report will describe the status of all environment-related legislation.
In addition, Partners or Affiliates may request a speaker, a member of the KCC board or the Executive Director, to address one of their organization’s meetings, to exchange information, articulate positions on legislation impacting the environment, and acquaint their members with the purpose and mission of KCC. Requests for speakers will be handled on a case-by-case basis and response depends on the availability of board members and the Director. KCC’s policy on Organizational Affiliates is here .
To discuss affiliating your organization with KCC,
contact KCC’s President, David Wicks :
KCC is a 501(c)(4), lobbying organization, and donations are not tax-deductible. 501(c)(3) organizations should review IRS policy before donating funds to KCC, to identify any limitations they should observe. If one finds it inadvisable to donate to KCC for tax reasons, consider a donation to a sister organization, the Kentucky Conservation Foundation.