Local businesses and entrepreneurs are helping advance the KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest protection campaign

Small businesses have been instrumental in our fundraising campaign to raise the $2.1 million necessary to purchase and protect 45 acres of Coastal Douglas-fir forest on S,DÁYES, North Pender Island.

On March 15th, 2022 Raincoast and our partners at the Pender Islands Conservancy launched a $100,000 matching campaign, made possible by the Sitka Foundation, toward the purchase and protection of KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest on S,DÁYES, North Pender Island. One month later, we were thrilled to announce that an anonymous donor had upped the ante by pledging an additional $100,000 to the campaign! Now we have until June 8, 2022, the first day of the Year of the Salish Sea, to match this combined matching total of $200,000. 

So far, support for this land protection work has largely come from individuals living on the Gulf Islands and other areas surrounding the Salish Sea. However, small local businesses and entrepreneurs have been significant supporters. Altogether, financial donations from these supporters has amounted to nearly $30,000 (and counting!), in addition to providing additional in-kind support such as product donations and event space.

Two owls looking at each other in the forest
Photo by Oliver Tweedie.

How your business can participate in supporting our fundraising efforts

  • You can simply make a one time donation or monthly contribution right here.
  • You can also provide Raincoast with in-kind donations. Thanks to Cotton Carrier, a North Vancouver based family business, we were provided with great quality camera carrying systems, to be used for our field trips.
  • Spread the word: share on your social media channels, blogs, etc. We’d be happy to provide educational materials (photographs, scientific articles, etc.).
  • Come meet us! We’d love to give you a tour of the property or give your company a presentation.
  • Workplace matching: Employees can make a one-time or recurring donation to Raincoast. And you, as a business, can increase their impact with a corporate match. Talk to your HR department and find out if your workplace offers a matching program and how to make sure your donation will be matched.

Remember, if you support the protection of KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest between now and June 8th, the impact of your contribution will be doubled!

We’d like to give our warmest thanks to some of the businesses who have been supporting our Kingfisher Forest acquisition campaign: Sea Star Vineyards, Jillian Harris, and Cotton Carrier. Realizing our conservation vision would not be possible without you.

You can help

Raincoast’s in-house scientists, collaborating graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professors make us unique among conservation groups. We work with First Nations, academic institutions, government, and other NGOs to build support and inform decisions that protect aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, and the wildlife that depend on them. We conduct ethically applied, process-oriented, and hypothesis-driven research that has immediate and relevant utility for conservation deliberations and the collective body of scientific knowledge.

We investigate to understand coastal species and processes. We inform by bringing science to decision-makers and communities. We inspire action to protect wildlife and wildlife habitats.

Coastal wolf with a salmon in its month.
Photo by Dene Rossouw.