Web Exclusive –with the success of Giving Tuesday another donor has come forward and issued a matching challenge. Every dollar donated to rare between now and 12:00 a.m. Friday, December 18, will be matched up to $4400. That could mean $8800 to help further rare’s mission of conservation, research and education.
Can you believe we’ve come to the end of the year already? Where did it go? It seems like only yesterday we were gearing up for the start of the 2015 field season and now we are already gearing up for next year – this is the perfect opportunity to reflect on some of the exciting accomplishments we’ve achieved together:
- in August over 100 participants from 31 institutions and 17 countries gathered at rare for our first ever BioBlitz in partnership with Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, where we added 1100 new species to our list including the Hoary Bat;
- made great strides towards upgrading the water lines at Springbank Farm Community Gardens where community members gather to grow fresh, local and organic produce for their homes as well as our local food bank;
- completed a prescribed burn on a tallgrass prairie planted in the 18.5 hectare field between the Grand River and Blair Road – this field is the centre of a long term study investigating what makes restoration to this rare habitat successful;
- welcomed over 2800 youth to the rare ECO Centre to participate in our Every Child Outdoors (ECO) environmental programming, training the next generation of conservationists; and
- completed restoration plantings on the east-side of the Hogsback to improve edge habitat of the ecologically valuable forest.
With the end of the year here the holiday season is also upon us. It’s time to think about giving – giving presents, giving love and giving back to the community. This year one of our supporters, Knar Jewelery, issued a challenge – every dollar you donated to rare for Giving Tuesday on December 1 was matched up to $2500 allowing you to double your impact! We had an amazing response – not only did you double your impact, you TRIPLED it!! Giving Tuesday saw a total of $8200 in donations to rare.
This caught the attention of other donors and someone has come forward to issue another challenge – every dollar donated to rare between now and 12:00 a.m. Friday, December 18, will be matched up to $4400! That could mean $8800 to help further rare’s mission of conservation, research and education.
Double your impact this giving season!
On a side note; looking for a unique gift this holiday season? Consider symbolically purchasing rare gifts for friends and family. Give the gift of nature! We’ll send them a card letting them know of your thoughtfulness and how your gift in their name helped further our mission of conservation, research, and education.
Here are just a few examples of what your gift could help fund:
$10 = supplies for restoration days like garbage bags and gloves
$25 = native grass to plant or a butterfly net for monitoring
$30 = one box of nitrile gloves for salamander monitoring
$50 = five organic tomato plants for the Springbank Farm Community Gardens Community Roots Self Help Foodbank Garden
$100 = one Monarch rearing kit
$150 = one bus trip for a class to participate in Every Child Outdoors (ECO) programming
$200 = half day of ECO program for a class of 20 students
$250 = pollinator seed mix, including milkweed, to cover half an acre of rare land to ensure the sustainability of pollinators like Monarchs and Bees
$500 = one school program for up to 40 students with bus transportation
$600 = rental of an electrofishing backpack for one week
$1000 = 100 trees to restore 200m2 of ecologically sensitive and significant rare land
When you purchase a rare gift you are making an undesignated donation to the rare Charitable Research Reserve to help further their mission of conservation, research, and education. These rare gifts are based on actual projects and programs that rare is currently undertaking to protect the 900+ acre urban land trust in perpetuity.