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Giving & Legacy

Questions About Giving

How do I make a donation to Georgia Strait Alliance?

There are many different ways to give a gift to GSA. Please choose whatever method suits you best.

How soon will I receive my tax receipt?

Normally we will send your tax receipt within one to two business days of receiving your donation. If you give online, your tax receipt will be emailed to you in a printable format. Otherwise, we will send your receipt by postal mail.

If you require a US tax receipt, the process is slightly different and your tax receipt may take longer to arrive.

If you are a monthly donor, we will send you one tax receipt each year, at the end of December, rather than sending you monthly receipts.

How do I know when my membership expires?

Your membership in Georgia Strait Alliance is valid for one year from the date of your most recent donation. Each time you give a cash donation to GSA, we update your membership. If your membership is due to lapse, we will send you a renewal notice (if timing permits, we include this in your newsletter mailing, to save postage costs). If at any time you wish to know the status of your membership, please email us or call 250-753-3459.

I received a phone call from someone claiming to represent GSA. Does GSA contact its members by phone?

We sometimes phone members to let them know that their memberships have expired or are about to expire and to give them a quick, convenient method of renewing their support. Sometimes we call members with special appeals for important programs, projects or events. These calls will be made by one of our staff,  Board members, a reputable company who is contracted to call on our behalf, or by a trusted volunteer.

In most cases, our members are eager to learn about the challenges facing the Strait and how they can help. However, if you prefer not to receive any telephone calls from GSA, please let us know, and we'll put a "no call" note beside your record in our database.

Someone came to my house to ask me to donate to GSA. Is this legitimate?

At this time GSA does not have any door-to-door canvassing operations, so no, the person you met did not represent GSA. If in future we decide to undertake door-to-door canvassing, we will update the information on this webpage. 

I get a lot of fundraising mail from other non-profit organizations. Is this because I've donated to GSA?

No! Georgia Strait Alliance does NOT sell, lend or trade its mailing or email lists with any other organization. 

Some other non-profit organizations share their mailing lists and buy mailing lists from businesses (for example, magazine subscription lists). Therefore there are many possible ways that your name may have reached the groups that are sending you mail. Rest assured, however, that it was NOT Georgia Strait Alliance that passed on your name.

If you continue to receive unwanted mail, you can ask to be removed from mailing lists by contacting the Canadian Marketing Association or in the US, the Direct Marketing Association.

I’m a monthly donor to the Georgia Strait Alliance because it is unique among environmental organizations, and extremely effective at teaching us to live in ways that are kinder to the Strait while enhancing the quality of our own lives.

The depth of scientific expertise at GSA, and GSA’s constant willingness to share this, have benefited the entire coast of BC.

Dr. Neil Frazer,
Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa