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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Camps, Energy Resources Conservation & Development, Environment, Environmental Education, Forest Conservation, Sports

Mission: Carbonfund.org is leading the fight against global warming, making it easy and affordable for any individual, business or organization to eliminate their climate impact and hastening the transformation to a clean energy future. Carbonfund.org achieves its goals through:

  • Climate change education
  • Carbon offsets and reductions
  • Public outreach
Reduce What You Can, Offset What You Can’t™
We encourage everyone to continually strive to reduce their carbon footprint through sensible energy reductions combined with cost-effective carbon offsets to eliminate their overall carbon footprint.
Carbonfund.org supports renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects globally that reduce carbon dioxide emissions and the threat of climate change. Carbonfund.org is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Please join us today.

Results: With the support of over 800,000 individuals and 2,500 business partners, Carbonfund.org has helped to revolutionize the way we think about our carbon footprint. From developing CarbonFree Certified, the first carbon neutral label in the U.S., to launching innovative business partnerships, Carbonfund.org works every day for a green future that supports jobs and innovation.

Target demographics: protect the environment for future generations.

Geographic areas served: Globally

Programs: Carbonfund.org supports renewable energy, energy efficiency, and reforestation projects in the US & abroad in an effort to end global warming and advance society to a clean energy future.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

A great organization with a wonderful story. I have donated to Carbon Fund for years and appreciate their level of impact and donation efficiency. They are also very transparent about the projects they support.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

A great nonprofit that makes it simple to do the right thing.

Carbonfund supports projects all over the world that reduce CO2 emissions and let people easily make themselves carbon neutral.

They are transparent, have an annual audit and are Guidestar Platinum and Charity navigator 4 star.

Very happy with them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Carbonfund.org is a great organization doing great work. They are transparent and efficient with their funds. I have donated to them for years and would recommend them to anyone.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

to promote another nonprofit doing good things to combat climate change!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Carbonfund.org is passionate about finding easy ways for normal people to achieve a carbon neutral lifestyle. The staff is responsive and always willing

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Donor

Rating: 1

Climate change is real. I am unable or unwilling to take my carbon footprint to zero. The concept of purchasing carbon offsets through a non-profit was appealing. I purchased from carbon fund.org in 2013. I did not receive a certificate from them with the initial purchase, but when I corresponded one arrived. This year (2014) I reviewed their Form 990 which all non-profits must file with the Internal Revenue Service. The following figures were available for 2012 and caused me concern:

2012 Total Revenue $1,953,107
2012 Total Expenses $1,622,536
2012 Total Salaries $849,473 (52% of expenses)
Compensation of President - $271,860
Compensation of Financial Officer - $118,365
Project Expenses - $506,302 (31% of expenses - 4 items - Carbon Co, Project, Renewable Energy, Other)
Assets/Reserves of $5,648,497 (over three years of operating expenses)

Note that total expenses for 2011 were $1,783,436 with a similar salary total.

I corresponded on these figures with the President and he said that what is important is what is spent on the mission and 95% goes towards that and that I had gotten the 48 tons of carbon offset I had purchased. I could not see how the 95% figure was derived. There was no reply to a follow-up query.

Each person will have to judge for themselves whether the costs are reasonable or not. I feel that the salaries are excessive for the non-profit sector, particularly for this size of organization. Perhaps with a more efficient model they could sell carbon offsets at a lower price and even more carbon could be offset. I have chosen not to use this organization again.

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carbonfund 10/24/2018

Hi Dean, As we discussed, the 95% figure is the amount of our expenses that supports our mission in any given year. Salaries are a critical part of this for two reasons. First, without staff no organization can do anything (people do things). And second, the funds we do send out the door, which I believe you would like to see more of, likewise go to people for salaries, benefits, travel, legal, accounting, etc. Trees do not receive money, people do. Take for instance an international medical relief organization. The organization raises money and generally pays doctors, nurses and other health practitioners. They also pay outside people like medicine companies, who are themselves people receiving this money. All of this supports the organizations mission, with the exception of the fundraising costs, which are determined separately. Carbonfund.org is the same. Like most organizations, we pay market-based salaries and benefits, determined by outside professionals.

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carbonfund 10/25/2018

Hi Dean, As we discussed, the 95% figure is the amount of our expenses that supports our mission in any given year. Salaries are a critical part of this for two reasons. First, without staff no organization can do anything (people do things). And second, the funds we do send out the door, which I believe you would like to see more of, likewise go to people for salaries, benefits, travel, legal, accounting, etc. Trees do not receive money, people do. Take for instance an international medical relief organization. The organization raises money and generally pays doctors, nurses and other health practitioners. They also pay outside people like medicine companies, who are themselves people receiving this money. All of this supports the organizations mission, with the exception of the fundraising costs, which are determined separately. Carbonfund.org is the same. Like most organizations, we pay market-based salaries and benefits, determined by outside professionals.

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