Foundation services

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  1. Will you fund or endorse my product, project, studies, website, etc?

    • Unfortunately, we are unable to endorse or fund specific products and companies that we aren't directly involved with. We do not have the financial resources or staff capacity to do the required research for each of the many requests for endorsement we receive. We do not offer funds for tuition or studies.

  2. Can you send a speaker to my school, office, or community?

    • Currently, we do not have the staff capacity to accommodate the majority of speaking and event requests we receive. The Foundation is working toward building this capacity, and hopes to have a program in the near future. If you are looking for a speaker specifically for your workplace in Vancouver or Toronto, check out our David Suzuki at Work Program.

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  3. How can I pursue a career in an environmental or not-for-profit organization?

    • This is not our expertise, but here are a few suggestions: find out what types of programs different universities offer. The areas of conservation and the environment are massive, and range from engineering, technical studies, and wildlife protection to campaigning, law, and policy. A good start is ECO Canada.

  4. Where can I view or buy your publications?

  5. Privacy policy and security

    • The David Suzuki Foundation is committed to maintaining your trust and confidence. We follow the Privacy Act and Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act set forth by the Canadian government.

      Credit card data and security

      Donations made through our website are secured through 128-bit encryption to maintain your privacy. This encryption process is currently the most secure available and is verified through Verisign.

      Email addresses

      We never trade or sell email addresses. We only use them to provide you with information from the David Suzuki Foundation. Occasionally we may ask you to donate so we can continue our work. You may stop receiving email at any time by unsubscribing.

      Cookie Use

      A cookie is a small text file stored on a user's hard drive. Depending on how you have configured your browser, when you visit our site(s) we use cookies. We use cookies to assist with anonymous site traffic analysis, which includes tracking the time/date of visits, pages viewed, and referring URLs. We also use cookies to record information about the pages viewed by all of our website visitors. This data includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, internet service provider (ISP) and referring pages. There are simple ways to either refuse all cookies, or accept them each time they are offered. Consult your browser's help files for assistance on changing cookie settings or removing cookie files.

      Donation information

      Mailing addresses of people who donate less than $100 per year may be made available to other non-profits unless you request otherwise. The process of trading information is common among non-profits as a way to reach new people, and receive funds to help continue important work. You may choose to withhold your information by calling 1-800-453-1533 or emailing communitygiving@davidsuzuki.org.

      Accountability

      We do not accept funding from the government or corporations where it would present a conflict of interest. That way, when we speak on your behalf to effect environmental change, we're not bound by government or corporate influence. Instead, we're committed to our supporters and the planet we're trying to preserve.

      Policy updates and changes

      We may change this policy from time to time without warning. Changes will be reflected on this page.

      For further information, please contact us.

  6. What is the Foundation's Aboriginal Peoples Policy?

    • In pursuit of its goals, the David Suzuki Foundation recognizes the rights and title of Aboriginal Peoples, guided by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (2010).

      The David Suzuki Foundation commits to respectfully engage with Aboriginal Peoples when its work concerns their interests.

Dr. David Suzuki

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  1. How can I get a copy of something I saw on The Nature of Things TV series?

    • We do not have access to David Suzuki's TV and radio appearances. Please contact the CBC.

  2. How do I contact David Suzuki?

    • Due to numerous requests, the only way to contact Dr. Suzuki is to send a request by mail or fax to his private office Attn: Executive Assistant, Ms. D. Bayne.

      Fax: 604-730-9672
      Mail: c/o 219-2211 West 4th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6K 4S2

  3. When and where is David Suzuki speaking next?

  4. Where can I buy David Suzuki's books?

The environment and you

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  1. What can I do to make a difference?

  2. What plastics and bottles should I avoid?

  3. How do I green my office or business?

  4. What is a carbon offset and how can I go carbon neutral?

    • Find out more about carbon offsets here and how to go carbon neutral here.

  5. How can I get information on sustainable seafood?

  6. Where do I learn more about salmon?

    • Find out more about this extraordinary animal at our I am Fish tour.

  7. Where can I find information on pesticides?

    • Take a look at our Go Pesticide-Free! project to learn about how pesticides affect the environment and your health.

  8. What is the science of climate change?

    • If you need a straightforward explanation of climate change, see What is climate change?. More information about the science of climate change can be found here.

  9. Where can I learn about renewable energy?

    • You can read our primers on wind, solar and hydro energy. If you want to know how Canada can make the transition to an economy based on renewable energy, see our work on the Trottier Energy Futures project page.

Donations

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  1. What do you do with my donations?

  2. Where does the Foundation's funding come from?

    • As a registered charity we gratefully accept donations from the public. It is only thanks to our donors that we can do this important work to help the environment. Individual donors provide 55% of the Foundation's budget. Read more about our donors.

      Do you have any of your investments in fossil fuels?

      No. We have a very strict guideline that no David Suzuki Foundation investments are to be made in industries or companies involved in the production, processing, or transportation of fossil fuels.

  3. How can I donate proceeds from my event/trip/fundraiser?

    • If you are planning to raise funds for the David Suzuki Foundation, you can start by registering your fundraiser.

  4. How do I become a monthly donor or change my monthly donation?

  5. How do I change my address?

    • Contact us by email at communitygiving@davidsuzuki.org or phone us at 604-732-4228 or 1-800-453-1533, and we will update your address for you. Please give your full name as it appears on your mail and your old address so we can locate you in our database.

  6. How can I reduce the number of mailings that come to me in a year?

    • Contact us by email at communitygiving@davidsuzuki.org or phone us at 604-732-4228 or 1-800-453-1533 to request one or all of the following:

      • Annual Mailing — in addition to receiving our newsletters, you will only receive one request to renew your membership every autumn.
      • Information Only — You will only receive our newsletters, and no direct request to renew your membership.
      • Do Not Exchange Name — Your name will not be exchanged with other like-minded organisations.
  7. What is the Foundation's gift acceptance policy?

    • Policy Statement

      The David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) is a non‐profit, charitable organization registered under Canadian law. DSF welcomes donations to fulfill its mission to "protect the diversity of nature and our quality of life, now and into the future."

      The purpose of DSF's gift acceptance policy is to provide guidance to the Board of Directors and staff on which gifts can be accepted and how they should be handled. The policy also serves as a source of information for potential donors who are interested in supporting DSF's activities.

      Types of Gifts

      DSF accepts gifts, donations, grants and funds from individuals, foundations, organizations, associations, employee groups, corporations and other donors. According to the Canada Revenue Agency, a gift is "a voluntary transfer of property without consideration." The following types of gifts are deemed eligible for acceptance by DSF:

      • Outright gifts of cash, cheques and cash equivalents;
      • Publicly traded securities (including stocks, mutual funds and bonds);
      • Gifts of property (including real estate, art, computer equipment, jewelry);
      • Bequests, life insurance policies, gifts of residual interest and annuities.

      In the case of publicly traded securities and gifts of property, DSF's practice is to sell immediately upon receipt and convert to cash. A charitable tax receipt will be issued for the fair market value at the date of transfer. DSF may hold on to gifts in kind which are deemed to be of immediate or future use to the organization. DSF recognizes that donors may occasionally wish to give property that is not readily marketable. DSF will evaluate such gifts to determine whether there are costs or risks associated with acceptance.

      Charitable Tax Receipting

      DSF issues charitable tax receipts for all eligible donations, in accordance with Canada Revenue Agency regulations.

      Ethical Guidelines for Gift Acceptance

      • Gifts shall support DSF's mission, vision and long‐term direction.
      • DSF shall not accept gifts which:
        • Encroach upon the organization's integrity;
        • Restrict its liberty of action;
        • Cause damage to its reputation;
        • Place additional costs or burdens on the organization, or
        • Expose it to uncertain risk or possible liability.
      • DSF shall not accept direct donations from Canadian governments.
      • DSF reserves the right to decline any gift.

      Transparency and Reporting

      • Gifts shall be accounted for in manner which allows donors and the public to develop a fair picture of how DSF conducts its activities.
      • DSF will respect donors' wishes for anonymity and consult with donors to obtain their permission before public disclosure of their giving.
      • DSF will conduct itself in accordance with all Canada Revenue Agency regulations and US Internal Revenue Service laws applicable to 501(c)(3) organizations.
      • DSF urges prospective donors to seek the assistance of personal legal and financial advisors in matters relating to their gifts and the resulting tax and estate planning consequences.

      Naming Opportunities

      Authority to accept or decline any proposal to apply a donor's name to a program within DSF (on a temporary or permanent basis) rests with the CEO, in consultation with the Development Committee of the Board of Directors.

      Delegation of Authority

      With the exception of naming rights, the CEO may delegate authority to the Director of Development to evaluate, negotiate and decline gifts, and create and execute gift agreements with prospective donors in keeping with this policy.

      CEO's Responsibilities

      The CEO will:

      • Ensure that the organization adheres to the Gift Acceptance Policy.
      • Seek guidance from the Development Committee of the Board for gifts that fall outside of this policy.
      • Report on gift acceptance activities to the Development Committee of the Board on a monthly basis.

Website

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  1. How do I subscribe or unsubscribe to your email newsletters?

  2. How do I use an article from your website in my website or publication?

  3. I found a broken link or error on your website. Who should I contact?

    • Please e-mail webteam@davidsuzuki.org. Include your browser version and whether you're using a Mac, PC, or some other operating system.

  4. Why hasn't my comment been published?

    • The davidsuzuki.org blogs are intended to foster conversation about environmental issues, news, progress, and concerns. We encourage readers to reply to our posts and to each other through the blog comments. We hope these discussions will build community and strengthen our collective efforts to make positive change.

      Please note that this is not a direct line of communication with David Suzuki.

      Comments will be posted only if they remain civil and on-topic. Comments may not:

      • contain racist, sexist, or offensive language
      • contain personal attacks, defamatory statements, or insensitive comments
      • advertise, post commercial material, or link to commercial websites
      • include your contact information or someone else's
      • break copyright rules (that includes copying and pasting excerpts from other sites without permission and attribution)

      All comments to davidsuzuki.org are pre-moderated, meaning that we read them before publishing them to make sure they adhere to our guidelines. If a comment violates the rules, it will not be posted. We also reserve the right to remove comments after posting them.