NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Those for whom we are raising money.

CANADA

TORONTO, OTTAWA, CALGARY, VANCOUVER

NATURE CANADA
Nature Canada is a national charity whose mandate is to protect and conserve wildlife and habitats in Canada by engaging people and advocating on behalf of nature. With strategies based on sounds, science, and passion for nature, Nature Canada effects change on issues of national significance, including wilderness protection, bird conservation and species at risk. We are the Canadian co-partner, with Bird Studies Canada, in BirdLife International. Together we deliver the international Important Bird Areas (IBA) program in Canada, which aims to identify, conserve and monitor a network of sites that provides essential habitat for bird populations.
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SUDBURY

LIVING WITH LAKES CENTRE
“By the year 2025 demand for water world-wide is expected to exceed availability by more than 50%. The Vale Inco Living with Lakes Centre is being built at Laurentian University in Sudbury, at the heart of an industrial watershed and the centre of Canada’s massive Boreal Ecozone with its million lakes. This research centre will become the new home for the internationally renowned group of scientists – The Cooperative Freshwater Ecology Unit (Co-op Unit).

Sudbury was once notorious for the bleak environmental damage caused by a hundred years of mining and smelting. Indeed, in the early 1980s, scientific literature occasionally referred to a ‘Sudbury’ as a unit of pollution. However, in recent decades Sudbury has become celebrated for its successful land reclamation efforts proving that, with the concerted efforts of scientists, industry and community citizens working together, environmental restoration is attainable.”

VEGETATION ENCHANCEMENT TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
“In 1973 the newly formed Regional Municipality of Sudbury created a ‘Technical Tree Planting Committee’ which in 1978 officially changed its name to V.E.T.A.C., the Vegetation Enhancement Technical Advisory Committee, to better reflect its broadened mandate. VETAC is committed to enhancing and sustaining a healthy environment for residents of the City of Greater Sudbury through the restoration and protection of our air, land and water.”
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JUNCTION CREEK STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE
JCSC is “a grass roots group, formed in 1999 to coordinate citizen participation in restoring Sudbury’s main urban waterway: to restore all life to the Junction Creek ecosystem: wildlife, insect and plant life, and to improve the quality of life for humans as well”.
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KINGSTON

COMMUNITY FOOD WORKING GROUP
The Community Harvest Working Group works to make local food more accessible to the north Kingston community through a variety of projects.  We are made up of community members and representatives from various organizations.

Our projects include:
The Community Harvest Market; a market featuring local foods and crafts. Sundays from 10-2 at the Wally Elmer Neighbourhood Centre Organic Vegetable Teaching Garden/Seasonal Cooking Workshop Series; a ten workshop series including hands-on gardening information Community Harvest Gleaning Network.
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USA

Our U.S. beneficiary will be Air/Land/Sea, an author initiative generated by Jonathan Franzen and Jonathan Safran Foer. The money goes to three organizations, one for each element:

AMERICAN BIRD CONSERVANCY
American Bird Conservancy’s mission is to conserve native wild birds and their habitats throughout the Americas.  The group acts across the full spectrum of threats to birds to safeguard the rarest bird species, restore habitats, and reduce threats, unifying and strengthening the bird conservation movement.  ABC advances bird conservation through direct action and by finding and engaging the people and groups needed to succeed, regardless of their political, economic, or social point of view.
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FARM FORWARD
Livestock occupy 30% of the land on our planet. With the growth of industrial animal agriculture (“factory farms”) livestock have become the single greatest contributor to global warming, the major driver of deforestation, and is, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, “the leading player in the reduction of biodiversity.”  Fully 10% of the most endangered species on the planet are directly threatened by modern animal agriculture and untold more indirectly. Despite this, American environmental groups have not focused substantial resources on the problem of factory farming.

Farm Forward is the only national organization entirely devoted to rolling back the factory farm.  It is at the forefront of multi-faceted, pragmatic initiatives to transform these
animal factories into sustainable, environmentally conscious farms. With a board that includes prominent ranchers, nonprofit leaders, corporate CEOs, and animal welfare authorities, Farm Forward is well positioned to align interests and break the taboo on speaking frankly about the impact of industrial animal agriculture on the planet’s ecology and on animal wellbeing.
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OCEANA
In 1999, a group of U.S. foundations commissioned a study and discovered that less than 1⁄2 of one percent of all resources spent by environmental nonprofit groups in the United States went to ocean advocacy. No organization was working exclusively to fight ocean threats on a global scale. To fill the gap, Oceana was founded: an international organization focused solely on oceans, dedicated to achieving measurable change by conducting specific, fact-based campaigns with fixed deadlines and articulated goals.  The group now has campaign offices in Madrid,
Brussels, Santiago, Juneua, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.  For a list of recent successes, go to:
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WILDEARTH GUARDIANS
WildEarth Guardians protects and restores wildlife, wild rivers, and wild places in the American West.
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U.K.

BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL
BirdLife International is a global Partnership of conservation organizations that strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. BirdLife Partners operate in over one hundred countries and territories worldwide.
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RSPB
Over a million members working for bird conservation in the UK. ”Our work is driven by a passionate belief that we all have a responsibility to protect birds and the environment. Bird populations reflect the health of the planet on which our future depends.”
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RSPB SCOTLAND
“Scotland is amazing for wildlife. The variety of species and habitats is outstanding – from golden eagles to otters, red squirrels to wintering geese and huge seabird colonies – all set among rugged mountains, moorland, ancient Caledonian pine forests and miles of coastline.”
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