Canadians can double their impact for nature conservation on Giving Tuesday

December 3, 2019
Saskatchewan

 

Canadians can double their impact for nature conservation on #GivingTuesday

Donations made to the Nature Conservancy of Canada on December 3 will be matched.

It may not be a holiday marked on your calendar, but Giving Tuesday, the first Tuesday following American Thanksgiving, is an important day for many charities. There are hundreds of non-profit, charitable organizations across the country that do valuable work in our communities. Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to shed light on those contributions and allow people and businesses to show their support.

In contrast with the Black Friday and Cyber Monday consumption, Giving Tuesday focuses on giving back. This year, people can help protect Canada’s natural legacy while doubling their impact on nature conservation.

Thanks to a partnership with the Heather Ryan and L.David Dube Foundation, every dollar donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) on Giving Tuesday will be matched to a total of $100,000.

Since 2012, Giving Tuesday has been viewed as the opening day of the giving season and has engaged millions of Canadians in supporting charities and causes they believe in. Last year, Giving Tuesday involved over 6,500 charities and businesses, and raised over $15 million for charities across the country in one day.

NCC is a registered, not-for-profit charitable organization that has worked in Canada since 1962. NCC now helps to conserve more than 198,219 hectares (489,810 acres) of the province’s most ecologically significant land and water.

Today, NCC’s science-based conservation work is concentrated in areas where healthy habitats for species at risk and natural wild spaces face the greatest threats. Our priority areas include Cypress Uplands, Lower Qu’Appelle – Assiniboine – Upper Qu’Appelle, Milk River Basin, Missouri Coteau, Moose Mountain, Saskatoon Prairie, West Boreal Transition and West Parklands.

“With the help of companies and individual donors, the Nature Conservancy of Canada can work across the province in places where our conservation work can have the biggest impact on protecting Saskatchewan’s native species and habitats. On Giving Tuesday, people can double their impact in protecting natural areas that will benefit all of Saskatchewan and its future generations,” said Jennifer McKillop, regional vice-president of Nature Conservancy of Canada in Saskatchewan.

NCC’s projects include some of Canada’s most important forests, wetlands, grasslands and coastal areas, which provide habitat for many our country’s endangered species. These places also provide benefits to local communities, such as flood control and recreational opportunities for people to get outdoors and connect with nature.

“There is an urgent need to protect more habitat and accelerate the pace of conservation in Canada,” said Dan Kraus, senior conservation biologist, Nature Conservancy of Canada. “We have an opportunity to stop the loss of wildlife and their habitats in Canada, but in some regions we need to act quickly. We all benefit from nature conservation. In addition to protecting important places to conserve our biodiversity, our work at NCC is also maintaining ecological services — like clean air and water — for people. There is also a growing body of research that shows that exposure to nature improves our physical and mental health.”

For the 10th consecutive year, NCC is proud to have earned high marks among the Top 100 charities in Canada. These results are from independent reviews and were conducted by Macleans (and formerly MoneySense Magazine) in conjunction with Charity Intelligence Canada. Their evaluations of over 700 charities in Canada look at financial audited statements, use of donor dollars along with transparency. This grading system provides valuable guidance to Canadians as they consider where best to invest their philanthropic gifts. For further information, visit natureconservancy.ca/en/who-we-are/impact/our-accountability.html.    

Donations in support of the Nature Conservancy of Canada can be made at natureconservancy.ca/donate or at 1-866-622-7275.

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