EIN 93-0843521

The Freshwater Trust

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The Freshwater Trust protects and restores freshwater ecosystems. Using science, technology and incentive-based solutions, they’re changing the course of conservation on a timeline that matters.
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Program areas at The Freshwater Trust

Water quality trading & watershed analytics - The Freshwater Trust uses data to identify and illustrate The specific action or actions necessary to change The trajectory of a watershed's current condition; uses that insight to drive The policy changes, funders, and social buy-in necessary to understand and implement that optimal pathway; and then develops The operational/supply chain capacity and innovative conservation financing approaches necessary to deploy those solutions. Water quality trading is one important approach for converting this insight into high quality on-the-ground results. The Freshwater Trust's water quality trading program allows for regulated entities to achieve regulatory compliance by funding quantified restoration actions. By calculating and quantifying how much thermal energy is avoided on a river by planting streamside trees, The organization generates credits that are then purchased by wastewater facilities and power plants to offset their impacts to impaired rivers and streams. The work is done in partnership with regulated agencies, irrigators, regulators and farmers. This program can include restoration actions that generate not only temperature credits, but also credits generated from reductions of other pollutants, such as nutrients.
Flow - The Freshwater Trust restores stream flows by working collaboratively with willing landowners. The organization uses a variety of cooperative solutions, including financial compensation, technical assistance and expert advice to keep more water in our streams and rivers.
Habitat - The Freshwater Trust actively restores aquatic habitat in The western united states through its habitat restoration program. From placing logs instream to create river complexity and planting trees to stabilize streambanks and provide shade to lower water temperature, The organization advances science-based, ecologically-sound restoration projects to restore habitat function critical to salmon productivity.

Who funds The Freshwater Trust

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$183,500
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$183,500
Walton Family FoundationTo Promote Nature-Based Solutions As A Mechanism To Improve Watershed Health in the Upper Colorado River Basin.$150,000
...and 20 more grants received totalling $1,028,010

Personnel at The Freshwater Trust

Joe WhitworthPresident and Chief Executive Officer$242,567
Kimberlee ObilanaVice President of People and Operations / Operations Director$135,402
Timothy WigingtonVice President of Finance and Policy / Finance Director and Staff Attorney$117,879
Alex JohnsonVice President of Initiatives / Freshwater F / Freshwater Fund Director / Director FRSHWTR / Senior Freshwater Solutions Director$128,672
David PrimozichVice President of Water / Conservation Director / Conserv Director / Senior Ecosystems Services Director / Ecosystems D$144,242
...and 8 more key personnel

Financials for The Freshwater Trust

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$4,128,430
Program services$3,694,299
Investment income and dividends$4,846
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$-258
Net income from fundraising events$-144,494
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$7,682,823

Form 990s for The Freshwater Trust

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-122023-10-31990View PDF
2021-122023-10-31990View PDF
2021-122022-11-11990View PDF
2020-122021-09-27990View PDF
2019-122020-10-15990View PDF
...and 9 more Form 990s

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Data update history
May 18, 2024
Received grants
Identified 2 new grant, including a grant for $21,000 from Demorest Family Foundation
January 21, 2024
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
January 21, 2024
Updated personnel
Identified 2 new personnel
January 2, 2024
Received grants
Identified 11 new grant, including a grant for $150,000 from Walton Family Foundation
December 31, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
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General information
700 SW Taylor St 200
Portland, OR 97205
Metro area
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
Multnomah County, OR
Website URL
(503) 222-9091
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IRS details
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
C32: Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management
NAICS code, primary
813312: Environment, Conservation, and Wildlife Organizations
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