EALT, as a relatively new organization, is delighted to accept funds to assist in land purchase, conservation, and stewardship.
We have a variety of endowments oriented to: capital (land acquisition), stewardship (monitoring and maintenance), and operations. Those interested in donations to EALT may contact us by phone (780 483–7578) or by email (pamwight <at> ealt.ca).
To date, the City of Edmonton has provided part of our first operational funding. We have:
- an operational endowment of $2.5 million from the City of Edmonton to assist with operational expenses in perpetuity
- secured a grant from the Alberta Real Estate Foundation for $40,000 for educational and outreach activities
- a range of other donations from individuals and organizations
EALT’s Board, employees and volunteers are dedicated to the permanent protection of the Edmonton region’s unique and ecologically significant natural areas and heritage assets. We work cooperatively with landowners to conserve land and are committed to carrying this out in the most ethical, transparent and honourable manner.
As a private, not-for-profit organisation, we have an obligation to provide public benefits, and therefore strive to avoid any conflict of interest or private benefit to any of our Board members, staff or other individuals. As a charitable organisation, EALT serves an important public interest, and in pursuing its mission, will act in accordance with both the letter and the spirit of the law.
We have core values which guide us in developing our policies and practices. These include being:
- Effective – passionate about our mission and practical in implementing it
- Collaborative – cooperating with landowners, municipalities, and other organisations, and taking a partnership approach with other stakeholders
- Local – responding to local and regional needs, and contributing to sustainable communities by connecting people to nature
- Integrity – upholding such values as honesty, openness, fairness, trust, and respect when representing the land trust and in all our transactions and partnership activities
- Enduring – building the foundations of conservation for our children and generations to come, with broad community respect and support on conservation
We acknowledge the trust placed upon us by our partners, supporters, donors and the community, by being fiscally responsible, considering our long-term responsibility to the lands we protect, and by building a sustainable, capable land trust organisation.
We also respect and protect private or privileged information that we receive in the course of our work. EALT will not rent, sell or trade this information, including lists of our donors and supporters.
The loss of natural areas (36%) and loss of agricultural land (19%) are the impacts of urban sprawl that concern Canadians most