The Mayne Island Conservancy Society:
- - Acts to Conserve or restore sensitive terrestrial and riparian ecosystems
- - With sufficient resources, will Acquire lands for public use or arrange protective covenants where purchase is not possible
- - Manages sensitive ecosystems on behalf of Government and reports on their health and diversity, And
- - Promotes & encourages Stewardship by landholders and the community
Government (all levels) and commercial or foundation grants largely fund our Conservation, restoration and Stewardship projects and our Management activities attract a fee. Administrative costs are rarely if ever funded by the grants and sponsorships currently available to us. The report to the MICS 2013 Annual General Meeting looks at our income stream and shows that last year such administrative costs were just covered by donations. Occasionally an opportunity arises to buy private land which would allow us to provide long term protection to an important sensitive ecosystem. Until now, MICS has had no Acquisition Fund to use for this purpose.
Accordingly the Board of Directors of the Mayne Island Conservancy Society have established the CAMAS Fund with the intention of building a reserve that might one day allow the Society to buy property on our island, thus adding to the smallest inventory of land in public hands of any of the Gulf Islands. The fund could also be used to meet the costs associated with establishing binding covenants.
The May Newsletter carried a "soft launch" of the CAMAS Fund by offering it as a selectable option on the mail-in membership/donation form. We are pleased to report that many have chosen that avenue for their gifts. However the real kick-off for the fund will be our tenth Anniversary Gala on August 3rd at the Community Centre (See the sidebar for all the details!) We have set a fundraising target of $10,000.00 for this event which will cover the unavoidable expenses (rent, insurance, food, drink, music etc.) of the affair and provide a substantial contribution to the fund. In addition we will offer the fund as a destination for your gifts in years to come.
It is the intention of the Board to transfer, at each fiscal year end, an appropriate amount from the Society's unrestricted reserves into the CAMAS Fund. Over time we hope to build a nest egg that could be applied to the specific purpose of land acquisition and covenant protection when such an opportunity arises. A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.....
Mayne Island Conservancy SocietyOr deliver your cheque to our office at the Root Seller - 478 Village Bay Road
Canada Helps is a Canadian registered charity that will accept your donation, provide an income tax receipt and channel your donation to the Mayne Island Conservancy's bank - designated for the CAMAS Fund. Click the Donate Now button to be linked to a page where you can specify any amount as a single or a monthly payment. You can add a message to your gift and Memorial Donations can be set up simply and easily:
We welcome Legacy gifts as well as donations of property, securities and insurance policies. There are tax advantages for you the donor in gifting marketable securities when compared with gifts of cash of a like amount. You are welcome to contact Leanna Boyer @ 250-539-5168 for more information on this matter as well as estate planning considerations.