John Lounds, NCC president and CEO and A Force for Nature campaign leaders John Risley and Paul Desmarais Jr. (photo by NCC)
A few years ago, we set out on our most ambitious fundraising campaign to date in the Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC's) history. We dared to dream big: to believe that together with our partners, supporters, governments and landowners across the country, we could successfully raise $500 million for the conservation of 500,000 acres (200,000 hectares) of habitat across the country.
It was undoubtedly an ambitious goal, but our history had shown that when we dreamed big, we could achieve the unimaginable.
We did it!
As we look forward to celebrating Canada Day, NCC is proud to announce the successful completion of our most ambitious campaign to date. A Force for Nature raised more than $500 million and protected 752,000 acres (300,000 hectares) of at-risk natural habitat across Canada, home to more than 145 species at risk.
Working together for conservation
We could not have done it alone. Thank you to our donors, partners, campaign leaders and board members for their tireless support. We celebrate our campaign success because of you.
Celebrating successes from coast to coast
From BC to Newfoundland, NCC staff worked hand in hand with our supporters to ensure that we met our campaign goals. Across the country, we celebrated the following campaign accomplishments (click on the image below to open the slideshow; story continues below):
Darkwoods, BC (Photo by MA Beaucher)
OH Ranch, AB (Photo by Karol Dabbs)
Maymont complex, SK (Photo by Don and Karol Dabbs)
Fort Ellice, MB (Photo by Karol and Don Dabbs)
Cockburn Island, ON (Photo by NCC)
Green Mountains Nature Reserve, QC (Photo by Claude Duchaine)
Baie Verte, NB (Photo by NCC)
Bayers Island, NS (Photo by Mike Dembeck)
Governor’s Island, PEI (Photo by NCC)
Grassy Place, NL (Photo by Danielle Fequest)
The work is not done!
While we celebrate the successes of this campaign, we are already looking ahead to the future. We encourage you to stay involved as we start to think about the conservation legacy we want to create for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.