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Please give us your money!

We’re busy as bees, but we need your help.

GaLTT gratefully accepts donations of money, securities, or land. The Land Trust Alliance of BC has an excellent brochure Green Legacies: A Donor’s Guide for BC that explains all the options and the benefits of different ways of giving for both the donor and the charity. The guide shows how to link client goals with advantageous gift planning options and discover the financial benefits of each kind of donation.

You can support us financially by becoming a member, by becoming a monthly member/donor, or by making one-time donations. You can send money directly via a cheque or e-transfer, by arranging bank transfers to the Gabriola Branch of the Coastal Community Credit Union, or by using a secure online system. Donations can be earmarked to specific funds. Scroll down for details on all options, or contact treasurer@galtt.ca for more information.

GaLTT is a registered Society with charitable status, so your donations to us are tax-deductible. Our charitable number is: BN: 846205342RR0001. GaLTT issues charitable tax receipts for any donation $25 or greater.

How can you donate directly?

Become a Member

One hundred percent of membership fees count as donations, and you will receive an annual tax receipt for your files. Please visit our Be a Member page for more information if you want to sign up for an annual or 5-year membership.

Make monthly donations

When you sign up for recurring monthly donations (minimum $5/month), membership is included. Monthly donations benefit everyone: you won’t need a reminder to renew and we will have a more predictable cash flow through the year. You may change or cancel the arrangement at any time.

Make one-time donations

All one-time donations, large or small, are gratefully received. Read on to learn how to make a one-time donation and how to earmark it for a particular fund.

What are earmarked donations?

GaLTT ‘s General Fund supports broad areas of our activities (see all the details below), but we also have funds earmarked for specific more limited purposes. When you make a one-time or recurring monthly donation you may choose to have your contribution support any of these funds.

Accessibility fund

Since 2017 GaLTT has been working on improving accessibility within Gabriola’s public recreational areas. We’ve done a lot and look forward to doing more with your support.

Land Acquisition fund

One of our mandates is the acquisition of land for parks and conservation, so GaLTT maintains a reserve fund to enable the purchase of suitable tracts and the establishment of conservation covenants. Although GaLTT has not yet bought land to hold ourselves, we have contributed from our Acquisition Fund to the Regional District of Nanaimo’s purchase of parkland on Gabriola Island and Mudge Island. When you earmark your donation of money or securities for land acquisition, it will be deposited in GaLTT’s Land Acquisition Fund.

Nature Stewards fund

On an island where very little land is formally protected, it’s critical that we all do what we can to support conservation. Our Nature Stewards program provides information and inspiration and asks people to pledge to do what they can to conserve habitat on their property. This fund supports this program and its educational initiatives.

Donations to general funds

GaLTT does not have permanent paid staff; most of our visible and invisible work (such as invasive plant removal and building this website) is done by volunteers. We use general funds in the following ways:

  • We buy and maintain tools and equipment for trail maintenance and invasive plant management.
  • We purchase materials for trails surfaces, signage, and boardwalks.
  • We purchase insurance to protect our volunteers and users of the trails that we map and maintain, including trails licensed for public use on private land.
  • We hire professionals, such as bookkeepers, auditors, and lawyers, as required.
  • We occasionally hire other professional help (such as for trimming dangerous trees) when volunteers cannot be used for reasons of safety or expertise.
  • We print and distribute trail maps, newsletters, self-guided walk brochures, and information pamphlets about native and invasive plants, and stewarding your land.
  • We advertise our activities and events in The Gabriola Sounder.
  • We maintain this website on the internet.

How to donate

Donate directly to GaLTT by cash, cheque or e-transfer
  • Directly deposit your cash or cheque donation to our account at Coastal Community Credit Union on Gabriola. Contact treasurer@galtt.ca for more information.
  • Mail a cheque to GaLTT, PO Box 56, Gabriola, BC, V0R 1X0, Canada.
  • Send an e-transfer to treasurer@galtt.ca.
Pay membership fees online through Square

One- and five-year membership fees can be paid through our secure online Square site. Visit our Be a Member page for more details.

Donate online through CanadaHelps (CH)

Click the button to be taken directly to our Canada Helps page, where you can make a donation.

Monthly donations, and one-time donations that are not membership fees, can be made online through CanadaHelps, a registered charity through which anyone can donate online to any registered Canadian charity. Their “one-stop-shop” online donating is simple and secure and allows you to donate anonymously if you wish. CanadaHelps has facilitated over $3 billion in Canadian charitable donations through their website.

Donating land

Your gift of land may be to ensure its conservation in the long term, or it may be for GaLTT to hold for eventual resale so that the money can be used for other conservation purposes. Speak to your financial advisor and lawyer about donating land to a charity.

Donating securities

If you have investments in securities (stocks and bonds) you will find it financially advantageous to donate them directly through Canada Helps rather than selling them and donating the resulting cash. This table shows you why:

Sell shares + donate $$ Donate shares
Fair market value of shares $10,000 $10,000
Adjusted base cost of shares $4,000 $4,000
Capital gain $6,000 $6000
Income inclusion for capital gain:
$6000 x 50% x 40% for tax
$1,350 0
Amount going to charity $8650 $10,000
Charitable tax receipt $8,650 $10,000
Tax credit for gift at 45% $3892.50 $4500
Tax savings after offsetting
tax on capital gain
$3892.50 – $1350 = $2542.50 $4,500