Our Mission and More

Our Mission

The Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation is a registered environmental charity working to help protect and conserve the lands and waters of the valley of the Rideau River in Eastern Ontario.

Guiding Principles

 We attract and inspire philanthropy in response to the unique needs of the Rideau Valley watershed

  • We complement and support the work of the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
  • We are wise and prudent stewards of funds
  • We value transparency, ethical practice, accountability and are an accredited member of Imagine Canada
  • We value and strive to maintain donor confidence and volunteer engagement

The Foundation raises funds and in-kind gifts for three major areas of conservation work:

Land Care - land protection and conservation, tree planting, erosion control, landowner information, trail building and maintenance, outdoor signage, picnic tables, benches, picnic tables and boardwalks

River Care - water quality monitoring, biodiversity monitoring, wetland inventories, invasive species and garbage removal, clean water projects.

Conservation Education - outdoor learning and experiences, accessible programs and services, onsite landowner visits, research projects, public events.

2020 Strategic Priorities

Expand Fundraising

  • Provide meaningful and appealing donation programs and services
  • Diversify revenue streams through promotion of fundraising, fee for-service programs and endowment fund opportunities
  • Deliver a program to celebrate the Foundation’s 50th anniversary
  • Identify key environmental initiatives; develop and implement fundraising strategies
  • Provide respected donor recognition program and ensure funding sources receive positive, project messaging that amplifies their impact
  • Review and promote planned giving opportunities
  • Develop sponsorship opportunities

Raise Funds to Support Land Acquisitions and Protection

  • Pursue funds to support our growing conservation land stewardship responsibilities through the Simmering Land Endowment Fund, the Environmental Land Fund and the Foundation’s land acquisition and donation program

Strengthen Organizational Governance

  • Continue to achieve Imagine Canada Standards accreditation through policies and practices
  • Update RVCF’s letters patent and bylaws and maintain annual agreement between the Foundation and the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
  • Develop board recruitment package and orientation package

Build Brand Awareness

  • Increase Foundation visibility with an outreach and communications strategy
  • Distinguish RVCF’s profile, brand, program and services from other conservation foundations

You can help

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