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Investing in Wilderness

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is dedicated to protecting wildlands, wildlife and wild waters throughout Alberta.  We offer several ways to invest in Alberta wilderness and wildlife by supporting the conservation education and outreach work of AWA. Your donation will make a difference.

AWA is a federally registered charity and functions through member and donor support. Our charitable number is 118781251RR0001. A receipt will be issued for each donation. All donations are put to use in the area of greatest need or in an area designated by the donor.  Wall plaques recognizing donors hang at AWA’s office located in the Hillhurst Cottage School in Calgary.

Charity Intelligence Rating

Charity Intelligence "5-star rating" logoAWA has been given a 5 star rating by Charity Intelligence (Ci):

“Ci uses similar research methods to find exceptional charities for donors… donors have the tools they need to give better and get higher returns on their donations – donations based on evidence.”

AWA is proud of the rating Ci has given AWA as one of the Top 100 charities in Canada. (See: 2022 Top 100 Rated Charities – Charity Intelligence Canada). AWA is one of three provincial organizations in Canada who have been given this ranking.

CAF International "Validated Organization" logoAWA has also been recognized as a Validated Organization by the CAF International Global Charity Database.


General Donations

AWA offers several categories for your donation. The Provincial Office hosts wall plaques recognizing donors. AWA is a federally registered charity and functions through member and donor support.

Donate Your Car

Donate A Car Canada accepts vehicle donations for AWA. They provide free towing in many areas across Canada, or you can drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation. When you donate your RV, boat, motorcycle or other vehicle to AWA through Donate A Car Canada, it will either be recycled or sold at auction depending on its condition, age and location. After your vehicle donation is complete, AWA will send you a charitable tax receipt within 45 days.

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In a WLA article from 2010, Nigel Douglas writes about his experience donating his old vehicle through Donate a Car Canada.

Monthly Donations

Monthly donors are members of our Wilderness Partners and their donations mean a great deal to our ability to plan and carry on our work. Your monthly donation can support AWA’s greatest needs or an area of special interest to you. These are some of the many benefits to monthly giving:

  • It’s easy and convenient because it is pre-authorized. No cheques, envelopes or stamps
  • It helps save administrative costs, so even more of your gift will be used to promote wilderness and wildlife conservation
  • It uses less paper and is more environmentally friendly
  • Regular donations that are automatically debited from your bank account or credit card can quickly add up to a large gift.
  • Monthly donors receive a receipt for their donations at the end of each calendar year

We are unable to process monthly donations over the online shop at this time. To sign up to be a monthly donor and a member of Wilderness Partners, please either:

For more information on Wilderness Partners, please contact Debborah Donnelly, AWA Executive Director: (403) 283-2025

Special Tributes

Celebrate by Supporting Wilderness and Wildlife in Alberta

Celebrate an anniversary, birthday, wedding, retirement or any other special occasion with a donation to the Alberta Wilderness Association. Ask your family and friends to make a donation in lieu of gifts, and let the celebration begin. Special occasion donations can be designated to a specific program or to AWA’s greatest need.

Alberta Wilderness Association will send an acknowledgement of your donation to an individual you choose. The amount of your donation will not be disclosed.

For more information on Special Tributes, please contact Debborah Donnelly, AWA Executive Director: (403) 283-2025

Memorial Donations

A Gift of Remembrance

It can be difficult to express sympathy for someone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. We invite you to consider a memorial donation to Alberta Wilderness Association as a fitting tribute. Individuals remembered in this way will have their names added to special plaques that hang on the walls of our office in the Hillhurst Cottage School in Calgary. Each year we publish the names of those remembered in our Wild Lands Advocate as we note the lasting tributes family and friends have made in a quest for wilderness and wildlife in Alberta.

Upon receiving your donation, Alberta Wilderness Association will send a special memorial card to the family or designated person advising them of your generous gift. The amount of your donation will not be disclosed. Your tax receipt will be sent by mail.

For more information on Gifts of Remembrance, please contact Debborah Donnelly, AWA Executive Director: (403) 283-2025

Publicly Traded Securities

AWA is able to accept gifts of publicly traded securities, and you will receive tax incentives for making such a donation.

Publicly Traded Securities

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Life Insurance Policies

Supporting AWA through a gift of insurance

With rare exception cattle ranchers have been the best of guardians of the land entrusted to them. May we continue to be conscientious caretakers of this precious resource and hand it on to another generation unspoiled.
- Gerald Brewin, Rancher in the Taber area 1929 - 2016
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