Philanthropist & Grant Maker
In addition to providing certified offsets for regulated entities, credits can also serve as “certified environmental outcomes” for philanthropists and grant makers. Water quality trading allows traditional funders to purchase credits and retire them, as an alternative to grant making. Grants are inherently risky, as they generally pay for projects up front with only hypothetical positive results. Historically, philanthropists and grant makers struggled to understand the real impacts of their investments. Because water quality trading generates certified credits for completed projects – with robust, fully-funded and required monitoring and maintenance – environmental funders can shift their investments to tangible environmental outcomes with complete confidence.