Donate Cryptocurrency to Offset CO2 & Change Lives

Easily donate the full appreciated value of your crypto to offset your carbon emissions, change lives, avoid capital gains taxes, and get a possible tax deduction! 90% of net proceeds go to our partners – verified forestry carbon projects which protect and restore landscapes while creating income for rural communities in Nicaragua, Uganda, India, Fiji, Indonesia, and Mexico. Our press release about accepting crypto can be found here and our rationale for accepting crypto can be found here.

We’ve partnered with The Giving Block and, two leading crypto donation solutions which ensure your donation is IRS-compliant so you don’t receive a surprise capital gains tax bill.

How it Works

  • Use either of the widgets on this page to donation Bitcoin, Ethereum, and all other major cryptocurrencies. The Giving Block supports more currencies but charges lower fees.
  • In the “Donation notes” field, tell us how you’d like the proceeds to be used:
    • “All Projects”: Offsetting to all COTAP Projects (Projects receives 90% of net proceeds, COTAP receives 10%),
    • “[Country goes here]”: Offsetting to one specific project in Nicaragua, Uganda, India, Fiji, Indonesia, or Mexico (Project receives 90% of net proceeds, COTAP receives 10%), or
    • “COTAP operations”: Under this option, your emissions are not being offset as 100% of net proceeds are utilized for our operations and overhead.
  • You’ll receive a tax receipt from The Giving Block or If you provide your contact information, you’ll also receive a COTAP offsetting acknowledgement confirming where your money will go.
  • COTAP’s offsetting rate is $15/tonne and 90% of net proceeds received goes to our 6 projects, which in turn share 60%+ of those revenues with participating communities. For example, for every $1,000 offset to “All Projects,” each project will be paid $150 for 11.11 tonnes’ worth of their carbon credits and this donation will create $540+ in income for communities in Nicaragua, Uganda, India, Fiji, Indonesia, and Mexico.
  • In addition to your offsetting acknowledgement, donors may request a .pdf certificate and permanent, public retirements (example) in their name on the IHS Markit Environmental Registry.

Important Notes

  • Per our Terms of Use, 100% of donations which are anonymous AND lack an offsetting designation will be utilized for our operations and expansion.
  • While this program is primarily intended for U.S. residents, anyone may donate cryptocurrency to COTAP.
  • For tax purposes, please use your receipt and donation value provided by The Giving Block or, not the offsetting acknowledgement and net amount received by COTAP.
  • You may also donate cryptocurrency by setting up a Fidelity Charitable Donor Advised Fund (DAF) and then sending a grant to COTAP from the DAF.
  • Other questions? Please see The Giving Block’s FAQ and/or contact us at info at cotap dot org.

Employer Matching

  • Use the Double the Donation tool below to see if your employer matches donations.
  • Per our Terms of Use, 100% of employer matching funds will be used for COTAP’s operations and expansion. This helps us keep our margins (10%) uncommonly low, consistent, and transparent.

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More About COTAP & Cryptocurrency

Because cryptocurrency is treated as an asset by the IRS, it is subject to capital gains taxes when it’s sold or used to purchase something. So, you can’t use appreciated crypto to buy offsets from a U.S. for-profit offset provider without incurring capital gains. COTAP, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is exempt from capital gains taxes. This means that not only can you efficiently transfer the full, appreciated market value without a tax penalty, you can also claim it as a tax deduction.

For those seeking to donate crypto, we are a unique and compelling option because the majority today’s cryptocurrency sits at the confluence of carbon emissions and disposable wealth, and COTAP sits at the confluence of climate change mitigation and poverty alleviation. Learn more about our rationale for accepting cryptocurrency here.