Thank you to the Community Fund and the provincial employees who thought of us

Thank you, PECSF. It takes a village to support a science foundation.

The Provincial Employee Community Services Fund (PECSF) is a volunteer driven organization working with BC Public Service employees. It’s pronounced pek-sef.

It’s an employee-driven, giving program. They make it easy for provincial employees to make tax deductible donations to registered charities, including Raincoast.

In 2015 they celebrated 50 years of giving. It’s also referred to as the Community Fund.

Until recently, I didn’t know this fund existed. And it’s very inspiring.

There are 1,000 volunteers across the province that help make PECSF tick. And there’s 6,000 donors. Wow, right?

“Started by caring, community-minded public servants in 1965, it has raised over $45 million for charities throughout the province.”

This year they were recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ National Philanthropy Day Awards. And they also won an honourable mention by the PR Daily Corporate Social Responsibility Awards.

They deserve it. At this time of year I make a habit of counting my blessings, and this year, PECSF is among them.

Their support means, in part, that we can collect the data we need to help build models and deepen our understanding of BC’s raincoast. There’s a remarkable amount of slogging in the mud and rain to collect that data, but it’s a necessary (and enjoyable) part of research that forms the basis of everything we do.

Thank you, PECSF, for your commitment to social responsibility and to making life better for our communities. It means a lot. With your support, we will continue to work to protect the lands, waters and wildlife of coastal British Columbia and the Salish Sea

Everyone is invited to donate to our programs directly. However, if you are a provincial employee, you can make a regular donation to us via the Community Fund, by visiting the PECSF website.

To celebrate the end of the year, we are so happy to be able to offer matching campaigns on two of our most pressing fundraising initiatives.

All donations to both the Southern Great Bear Rainforest tenure acquisition and our KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest initiative, will be matched until the end of the year. This is a great opportunity for our supporters, like you, to make your impact go twice as far, while benefiting from tax deductions.

Help us secure KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest on S,DÁYES (Pender Island). Together with Pender Islands Conservancy, Raincoast is raising $2.18 million to purchase a 45 acre coastal property on the edge of the Salish Sea.

Safeguarding Coastal Carnivores in the Southern Great Bear Rainforest tenure. We are currently raising funds to stop commercial trophy hunting in more than a quarter of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia.