The philanthropy sector has an important role to play, as a catalytic force that creates enabling conditions for action, innovation, and partnership. Currently, addressing wastewater pollution is not a priority for philanthropic organizations, but that is starting to change. There is growing interest from this community and an appreciation for what is at stake if investments are not made to improve water quality. Recent surveys of marine resource managers have shown that philanthropic funding can drive priorities. There is a real opportunity for philanthropic organizations and individuals to influence how action is taken, especially by encouraging cross-sector partnerships and prioritizing solutions that aim to recover resources from human waste. Although the cost to address this problem is significant and cannot be shouldered by philanthropy alone, it still can play a critical role in capturing the attention of governments and unilateral organizations that take on a large portion of the costs (Bos et al., 2015).