Nonprofit Carbon Credit Organizations

There are a few nonprofit carbon credit organizations, such as Foundation. was founded in 2003 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and we are now a leading carbon reduction and climate solutions organization with over 800,000 individual supporters and over 3,300 business and nonprofit partners.  In addition, has funded over 200 carbon reduction and tree-planting projects across 40+ states and 25+ countries.  With this in mind, Foundation supports carbon reduction projects in the energy efficiency, renewable energy, and forestry sectors.’s wholly-owned subsidiary CarbonCo, LLC is now responsible for consulting engagements and the development of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) projects.  To date, CarbonCo has designed, financed, and advised on the implementation of four REDD+ projects in the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest which are conserving 300,000 hectares, reducing more than 16 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, and directly benefiting 2,000+ community members.  Our four REDD+ projects are known as the Envira Amazonia, Purus, Russas and Valparaiso Projects.

While there are many for profit entities in the voluntary and compliance carbon markets, there are several types of nonprofit carbon credit organizations.  For example, there are nonprofit carbon offset retailers, such as Foundation, The Climate Trust and Bonneville Environmental Foundation.  In addition, there are nonprofit carbon certification groups including Verra, which manages several standards including the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards (CCBS), along with the Gold Standard Foundation’s Gold Standard, Winrock International’s American Carbon Registry, the Plan Vivo Foundation, and the Climate Action Reserve.  There are also nonprofit organizations, such as NSF International, that conduct independent validation and verification audits of carbon projects.  Further, there are nonprofit carbon credit associations including the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and The Climate Markets and Investment Association (CMIA).

To learn more about the leading nonprofit carbon credit organization, please visit Foundation.