Frequently Asked Questions
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What is Guarding the Gifts?
Guarding the Gifts is a Fund of the Tides Canada Foundation based on a passionate relationship between the Gitga’at First Nation of Hartley Bay and a wilderness resort in Gitga’at territory, King Pacific Lodge. The mission of Guarding the Gifts is to “Help guard the gifts of the Gitga’at Nation and the Great Bear Rainforest – by empowering, challenging and educating people to protect the environment and quality of life for future generations.”
- Full legal name: Tides Canada Foundation - Guarding the Gifts – The Liiłga K’yilama Fund
- Canadian Registered Charitable Tax Number: 86894 7797 RR0001
So, who is Guarding the Gifts?
We are a growing coalition of gift guardians! We have the desire, enthusiasm and commitment to see our programs and projects through. What we need is help from you. We will use the most economical and environmentally responsible building methods, but inevitably, costs still remain. We need help to fund our programs, which enables us to complete our stated mission.
What can I do to help?
- Engage online: Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, sign up for the Newsletter.
- Adopt a Square Foot of the Great Bear Rainforest. Your purchase will help promote conservation of the Great Bear Rainforest.
- Support and/or attend Cooking for a Cause, a gourmet dining gala to be held in Vancouver in October, 2011!
- Speak to your family, friends and partners about Guarding the Gifts.
- Learn about the Great Bear Rainforest and Gitga’at First Nation and spread the word.
- Make a donation! The reality is that guarding these gifts is going to require money. We need your help to make a significant difference. For companies that would like to support us, we are happy to offer reciprocal publicity on our website if desired.
- If you are a guest at King Pacific Lodge, become an Environmental Volunteer for a day and participate in meaningful research. Volunteers may engage in a range of activities including monitoring the environment such as intertidal life as well as educating others about the natural environment.
- Do what you love. A Guardian speaks out however they can. Use your untapped talents to spread the word, create awareness and raise additional funds for our programs.
- Want to do more? Dedicate your summer to Guarding the Gifts and help shape the future of the Gitga’at Nation. Email us for more information at email@example.com.
How does Guarding the Gifts help?
We address our mission and goals in a number of ways. Utilizing the principles of conservation biology through field research, educational tools and other broad-based outreach projects, Guarding the Gifts strives to raise awareness and educate people about the Gitga’at Nation and their territory which is in the Great Bear Rainforest. By working with a diverse group of coalitions, non-government organizations, individuals, communities, First Nations and scientists, we are able to develop effective strategies and relationships that help us achieve our vision and mission. Education is a core element of our approach to conservation. We further this goal by working with the public, media, educators and others to help draw attention to current environmental and social threats to the Gitga’at First Nation and the Great Bear Rainforest.
How do I know your efforts will succeed and make a difference?
What is the relationship between the Gitga'at First Nation and King Pacific Lodge?
King Pacific Lodge has long been noted for its luxury and quality. But, they have always paid particular attention to their role in creating social equity and conservation. Travelers of today want more knowledge, more connection to the places they visit, and more authentic opportunities to see a world they could have easily missed. King Pacific’s essential mission as a triple bottom line company naturally creates an authentic and meaningful relationship with Hartley Bay and the Gitga’at Nation. The lodge is immersed in Barnard Harbour, in the Great Bear Rainforest, on the north-west coast of British Columbia, Canada. Just miles away from Hartley Bay, King Pacific Lodge is the largest employer of Gitga’at people in Hartley Bay.
While this is a step forward significant gaps remain. We still need your help.
Who is on the Steering Committee and how were they identified?
Guarding the Gifts Steering Committee
Cameron Hill – Hartley Bay School Teacher
Michael A. Uehara – President – King Pacific Lodge
Marven Robinson – Gitga’at Spirit Bear Guide
Janie Wray – Cetacealab
Are you a charity?
Yes, Guarding the Gifts is a charitable fund through Tides Canada.
Where does the Guarding the Gifts funding come from?
Is my donation to Guarding the Gifts tax deductible?
Who issues the tax receipt?
Tides Canada Foundation will issue your receipt(s). As a registered charity, Tides Canada provides charitable tax receipts for your donations to the Guarding the Gifts – The Liiłga K’yilama Fund and directs them towards the projects you choose. If you are donating online, a tax receipt will be sent to your email address within minutes of your donation. If you are donating by cheque or through Tides Canada head office in Vancouver, a tax receipt will be sent within 4-6 weeks. As a registered Canadian charity, Tides Canada Foundation is bound by the regulations and policies of the Canadian Revenue Agency.
What do I need to keep as proof of my contribution for tax purposes?
Is there a minimum donation amount?
How do I know that my online donation is secure?
I did not receive a copy of my tax receipt. Where do I get another one?
Toll Free: 1.866.843.3722 ext. 241
Direct: 604.647.6611 ext. 241
What forms of payment do you accept?
Let us know where you would like us to direct your money. We can direct it to a specific program of your choice or use it to build the capacity of Guarding the Gifts – The Liiłga K’yilama Fund to help us support our mission.
How do I become a monthly donor or change my monthly donation?
What is your commitment to donors?
- Inform you of our mission, the way the organization intends to use donated resources and our capacity to use the funds you give us effectively and for intentional purposes.
- Inform you of the identity of those who serve on Guarding the Gift’s Steering Committee, as they will exercise prudent judgment in their stewardship responsibilities.
- Give you access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
- Provide assurance that your gifts will be used for the purposes for which they are intended.
- Fully abide by your wishes with regard to recognition and acknowledgment for your support, whether those are that your donation is made public or that it is respectfully received in confidence.
- Inform you of the professional role played by those who seek donations from you on behalf of Guarding the Gifts, whether these are volunteers, employees or steering committee members.
- Answer any questions you have about Guarding the Gifts promptly, truthfully and honestly.
Why contribute to Guarding the Gifts directly, instead of through Tides?
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to donate directly if you do not need a charitable tax receipt.
Cheques payable to Guarding the Gifts and in kind donation items are gratefully received and can be mailed to:
Guarding the Gifts
P.O. Box 38565
North Vancouver, BC V7M 3N1
I want to know more about my money. How are you spending it?
Our goal is for every dime you donate to go directly toward guarding a gift and we are moving steadily in that direction by pursuing donations specifically for overhead expenses. Thank you again for your partnership, we don’t take it lightly and will be putting your donation to meaningful and great use. If you would like to join a special circle of individuals committed to our long-term growth, please consider becoming a sponsor.
What if I don't want to designate?
I would like to use a photo/map/graphic or reprint written material I saw on Guarding the Gifts website.
Please email us at email@example.com for media usage.