The center was founded and is run by Craig D Idso, along with Sherwood B Idso, his father, and Keith E Idso, his brother. They came from backgrounds in agriculture and climate, and became involved in the global warming controversy through their study of earth's temperature sensitivity to radiative perturbations and plant responses to elevated CO₂ levels and carbon sequestration. The Center is sharply critical of the position of the IPCC and believes that global warming will be beneficial to mankind.
The Center is a 501(c)(3) public charity, according to their website.
The Center also offers professional services. From their website: "Since 2001, our organization has provided companies with professional assistance in filing GHG reports [...]