- Will you fund or endorse my product, project, studies, website, etc?
- Can you send a speaker to my school, office, or community?
- How can I pursue a career in an environmental or not-for-profit organization?
- Where can I view or buy your publications?
- What is the Foundation's Aboriginal Peoples Policy?
Dr. David Suzuki
The environment and you
- What can I do to make a difference?
- What plastics and bottles should I avoid?
- How do I green my office or business?
- What is a carbon offset and how can I go carbon neutral?
- How can I get information on sustainable seafood?
- Where do I learn more about salmon?
- Where can I find information on pesticides?
- What is the science of climate change?
- Where can I learn about renewable energy?
- What do you do with my donations?
- Where does the Foundation's funding come from?
- How can I donate proceeds from my event/trip/fundraiser?
- How do I become a monthly donor or change my monthly donation?
- How do I change my address?
- How can I reduce the number of mailings that come to me in a year?
- What is the Foundation's gift acceptance policy?
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.
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.
Other great resources:
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.
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.
We do not have access to David Suzuki's TV and radio appearances. Please contact the CBC.
Dr. Suzuki cannot be contacted at the main David Suzuki Foundation phone number or via the Foundation's emails. All personal inquiries for Dr. Suzuki should be directed to his private office Attn: Executive Assistant, Ms. D. Bayne by post at PO Box 19011, West 4th Ave., Vancouver, BC., V6K 4R8
See the Speaking calendar
Books are available via Greystone Books.
Check out our What you can do section.
See our plastics guide
The David Suzuki at Work program can help you start green initiatives in your workplace.
Read our Choose sustainable seafood page to learn how you can make healthy choices for your family and our oceans.
Find out more about this extraordinary animal at our I am Fish tour.
Take a look at our Go Pesticide-Free! project to learn about how pesticides affect the environment and your health.
See this breakdown of our program expenditures and sources of support.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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