It’s Giving Tuesday, and we’re hoping you’ll consider us in decisions around gift-giving and year-end donations.
Below we provide detail on 3 ways through which your support also leads to meaningful gifts for loved ones.
- Honorary donation – Note that MERS is a registered Canadian charity whereby donations are tax deductible.
- Sponsor a Humpback
- Sponsor a sign to reduce risk to whales
Please know that we could not achieve what we do without you . . . our work to understand and reduce risks to whales . . . the entanglement and feeding research, the education regarding how to reduce risk of collision and what to do if entanglement is witnessed, and our marine wildlife rescue efforts.
It’s because of people like you, that our small team can achieve what we do. For a summary of our work achieved in 2018, please click here.
1. Make an Honorary Donation
When you indicate your donation to MERS is a gift, we’ll send your giftee a message revealing your thoughtfulness and what work the donation supports. Oh, and YOU get a Canadian tax receipt.
Know that monthly donations are especially valuable as they provide an indication of how many people see the value of our work and are committed to supporting it. These reoccurring donations are reliable income thereby allowing more effective planning and budgeting and being able to indicate in-kind support when applying for grants.
All contributions directly support our research, education, and marine wildlife response activities.
2. Sponsor a Humpback
For just $43 we will send a Humpback Whale sponsorship package with a personalized message to the gift recipient. The package includes a card featuring a photo of your chosen whale; a USB stick with a biography of your whale with photos and recordings of Humpback vocals; AND you and the giftee will receive at least two email updates every year about the sponsored whale. Yes, that’s right, there are no renewal fees. Click here for details and during checkout indicate that the sponsorship is a gift. We will then contact you about personalizing the letter that accompanies the sponsorship package.
3. Sponsor a Sign?
We are striving to have “See a Blow? Go Slow!” signs all along BC’s coast to reduce the risk of collision for the sake of both boater and whale safety. This is essential now that Humpback Whales have thankfully returned from the brink of extinction and because they behave very differently from whales like Orca that boaters are more used to seeing on our coast. The awareness of how to reduce the risk of hitting a Humpback serves the other whale species well too. Signs costs approximately $70 each (price depends on shipping costs) and the sign would include the name of your gift recipient (or the logo of your choosing). Please see example below.
A donation can be given in the amount of the sign’s value leading to your getting a tax receipt. See below and contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss dedication and confirm price. Signs are made of super durable dibond with dimensions 18.5″ x 24″ (~47 cm x 61 cm).
Thank you for considering MERS in your gift-giving and donations.
Any questions? Please contact us via this link.