Salt Spring Island

Salt Spring Island
$1,200,000 Target
Progress
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$0 until we reach our goal

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Thank you for considering donating your car or boat. We make used car and boat donations, car removal, car recycling, or simply scrapping a car an easy process for you. We are partnered with ‘Donate A Car Canada’.

Donate a Car Canada accepts Vehicle Donations for the BC Parks Foundation. Free towing is provided in most areas across Canada, or you can drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation. When you donate your car, truck, RV, boat, or motorcycle to the BC Parks Foundation through Donate A Car Canada, it will either be recycled or sold at auction (depending on its condition, age and location). Donate a Car Canada will look after all the details to make it easy for the BC Parks Foundation to benefit. After your vehicle donation is complete, Canada Helps will send you a tax receipt and remit proceeds to BC Parks Foundation to be put to good use. Please click here to donate a vehicle.
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Note that Canada Revenue Agency doesn’t allow charitable gift receipts for services.
Donating securities or mutual funds is an efficient way to give charitably. Please contact us if you would like to discuss donating securities. You can use the form below, email gifts@bcparksfoundation.ca, or call 604-343-3975.
Donating real estate is an efficient way to give charitably. Please contact us if you would like to discuss donating real estate. You can use the form below, email gifts@bcparksfoundation.ca, or call 604-343-3975.
Including a charitable gift to the BC Parks Foundation in your will is a great way to leave a legacy for generations to come. For your consideration, sample wording for your will could include, “I direct my executor to pay $____ to BC Parks Foundation, of 625 Howe Street, Suite 1550, Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 2T6, charitable registration number 731307492BW0001, it being my hope that it will be applied by the BC Parks Foundation to support the work of the BC Parks Foundation.” To make sure your gift is fulfilled, we encourage you to speak with a legal advisor when creating or modifying your will.

Including real estate or publicly traded securities as a charitable gift to the BC Parks Foundation in your will is also a great way to leave a legacy. For your consideration, sample wording for your will could include, "I wish to make a gift to BC Parks Foundation of 625 Howe Street, Suite 1550, Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 2T6, charitable registration number 731307492BW0001, as follows:

(i) select from publicly traded securities that I own, if any, at the date of my death, securities (the “Gift Shares”) that collectively have a total fair market value as of the date of my death of not more than $____ (the “Donation Amount”) and transfer the Gift Shares to the BC Parks Foundation;

(ii) if the value of the Gift Shares is less than the Donation Amount, pay the BC Parks Foundation an amount equal to the difference between the Donation Amount and the value of the Gift Shares; and

(iii) it is my hope that the Donation Amount will be applied by the BC Parks Foundation to support the work of the BC Parks Foundation."

Please contact us if you would like to discuss including a legacy gift, real estate, or securities in your will. You can use the form below, email gifts@bcparksfoundation.ca, or call 604-343-3975.

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Salt Spring Island Conservation Project Crowdfunding Campaign Reaches Goal!


A Threatened Ecosystem is Protected Forever.


You did it! A community of passionate donors have successfully saved a rare ecosystem on Salt Spring Island from the threat of development or logging. 

In under a month, the Salt Spring Island Conservation Project crowdfunding campaign raised $1.2 million to preserve 31.2 acres of mature Coastal Douglas fir habitat on the south end of the Island. Coastal Douglas fir ecosystems are among the most biodiverse in BC, and they need the most protection—98% of their ecological communities are at risk of being lost. 

“Today is a big win for this vital ecosystem and for everyone involved,” says Andy Day, CEO of BC Parks Foundation. “It’s a shining example of how people can make a lasting positive impact by coming together.” 

Local residents Elissa Poole and Charles Kahn recognized the value of the land and feared that, if it went on the market, it would be developed or logged for its mature timber. They reached out to BC Parks Foundation, who approached the owner and negotiated a purchase. Kahn, Poole, and the Foundation then worked together to launch a crowdfunding campaign and generate support.  

“From the start of this project,” says Poole, “many biologists and conservationists have walked through these 31 acres, marvelling at the variety of different ecosystems, the size of the old firs and cedars, the wealth of wildlife, and the amount of water in the wetland, even in drought.  Their enthusiasm was tremendously helpful in validating this campaign, and the Salt Spring community has been wonderfully supportive, whether maintaining pledges made years earlier, or jumping in with significant donations as soon as they’ve learned about the project.” 

“The heroes are our local partners and everyone who stepped forward and did what they could,” says Day. “The speed and dedication of the Salt Spring Island residents as they worked to protect this valuable land was nothing short of amazing.” Contributions included a $100,000 grant from Salt Spring Island Foundation’s Land Protection Fund and a significant gift from Wilson 5 Foundation, along with several other generous local donors. 

Due to development and industry, BC’s coastal bird species have plummeted by 35% since 1970. The mature forests and older trees on this now-protected property are home to more than 100 bird species, including several species of conservation concern such as the olive-sided flycatcher, common nighthawk, and great horned owl. The wetland provides a haven for at-risk northern red-legged frogs, while yellow montane violets, also at risk, grace parts of the perimeter of the forested areas. “I couldn’t be happier, knowing that this special forest and wetland will at last be protected,” says Poole.

Photo: Pierre Mineau


Protecting the property is also leveraging further protection through conservation covenants on neighbouring properties—including a stretch of forest that will connect the property to the Mount Tuam Ecological Reserve. “It creates a corridor of protected land and preserves the interconnectedness of ecosystems,” says Day. 

BC Parks Foundation extends its sincere gratitude to every individual who contributed to this crowdfunding campaign. “British Columbians love BC and want to keep it beautiful,” says Day. “What better way to give back and create a lasting legacy than coming together to protect places like this.  It’s pure goodness.”


Protect Now, Enjoy Forever


Photography credit: Pierre Mineau