The simplest way you can help GaLTT's work is to become a supporting member of the Society. The cheapest, but perhaps the most satisfying way you can help is by volunteering. If you're really dedicated, you could become a board member!
GaLTT is a registered Society with charitable status, so your cash donations to us are tax-deductible. Our charitable number is: BN: 846205342RR0001. GaLTT issues charitable tax receipts for any donation $20 or greater.
How we use your donations
A money donation, whether small or large, will be put to very good use and you may earmark your donation for broad areas such as general expenses, investment for sustainability, or land acquisition. One of our mandates is the acquisition of land for parks and conservation, so we are building a reserve fund to enable the eventual purchase of suitable tracts.
GaLTT uses general funds in the following ways:
We buy and maintain tools and equipment for trail maintenance and invasive plant management.
We purchase insurance to protect our volunteers and users of the trails that we map and maintain, including those licensed for public use on private land.
We purchase professional bookkeeping services.
We occasionaly need other professional help (such as for trimming dangerous trees) when volunteers cannot be used for reasons of safety or expertise.
We purchase materials for trail surfaces, for signage, and for boardwalks across wetlands to avoid damaging them.
We print and distribute trail maps, self-guided walk brochures, and information about native and invasive plants.
We maintain this website.
We support the work of Gabriola Streamkeepers.
Making monthly donations by automatic bank transfer
GaLTT has arranged with the Gabriola branch of Coastal Community Credit Union to be able to receive authorized monthly donations through automatic transfer from the donor's account. Using this CAFT system (Customer Automated Funds Transfer), GaLTT can also accept donations through any other major Canadian banking organization.
This is a simple and pain-free way to donate. You probably wouldn't notice $5 per month (or more!), but over the year it would provide a generous donation to GaLTT and we will send you an annual charitable tax receipt at the end of each year. Contact us at email@example.com to find out more.
Giving investments and making bequests
Consider bequeathing some of your estate to GaLTT so that your ideals live on in a practical way. You can also donate stocks and bonds. Speak to your financial advisor about how this can benefit your current finances or your estate, as well as GaLTT.
Donating online through CanadaHelps
CanadaHelps is a registered charity through which anyone can donate online to any registered Canadian charity. Visit the main CanadaHelps website to find out how to use their services. This "one-stop-shop" makes donating online simple and secure. They have facilitated over $250 million in charitable donations through their website since it was launched in 2000 and GaLTT has received several generous donations anonymously through CandaHelps. GaLTT also uses CanadaHelps to accept donations of appreciated stocks (investments).
Giving land or protecting it with a covenant
If you have precious land in its natural state that is not earmarked for family members, consider donating it for a community park. This also has potential tax advantages.
If you wish to retain title to the land but want to protect it from development or exploitation in perpetuity, then you can put a legal covenant on the title, and ask organizations such as GaLTT and Islands Trust Fund to hold or co-hold the covenant, ensuring that it is honoured.
Land Trust Alliance of BC (LTABC)—donor guide
LTABC has updated its BC donors' guide, "Green Legacies", a one-stop resource for legal, financial and other professional advisors whose clients wish to create their personal nature legacies. The guide shows how to link client goals with advantageous gift planning options and discover the financial benefits of
giving ecologically sensitive land and covenants. Download a copy of the LTABC Green Legacies donor guide here.
US citizens donating or covenanting Canadian land—AFoCLT
US citizens who wish to donate money or environmentally significant Canadian land, or to put a protective covenant on Canadian land may find it advantageous to work with the American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts (AFoCLT). AFoCLT is recognized by the US Internal Revenue Service as a publicly supported charitable organization. Gifts to them are tax deductible in the US and such gifts of land and conservation easements are not subject to Canadian capital gains tax. You may request that your money donation be put toward work on a specific Canadian covenant project.
Visit their website at www.afoclt.org . This website contains details of how AFoCLT works and includes many of the forms required to complete a transaction. For specific information, you can call 360-515-7171 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.