The Experimental Lakes Area is the place for high-impact science. It is unlike any other facility for its ability to answer the big and pressing questions.

Dr. Karen Kidd, Canada Research Chair, Canadian Rivers Institute and University of New Brunswick

The Time to Act is Now

Help us protect our precious fresh water

Psssssssst, wanna hear a secret? This year, we turn 52 years old!   

To celebrate, we have set ourselves a challenge: to welcome a new monthly donor for every year we have been operating. And we’re depending on freshwater guardians like you to join us.

Monthly donors are absolutely critical to keep IISD Experimental Lakes Area functioning and thriving. You will help to provide us with a stable, reliable stream of income to support freshwater science, throughout the year, come rain or shine.

You can give as much or as little as you can afford, many of our Freshwater Guardians (monthly donors) choose to give  $5 or $8 a month. In return you’ll receive our eternal gratitude, an annual tax receipt, a standing annual invite to visit the research station (post-lockdown, of course!), special updates from the field, just for you; and a well-earned warm glow of altruism from doing your part to champion fresh water.

That’s 52 donors for 52 years, we sure hope you’ll be one of them!

Join us and become a freshwater guardian today! It’s up to you to decide where to invest your monthly gift: 

1. Securing the Future of IISD Experimental Lakes Area

Your gift to the IISD Experimental Lakes Area Fund will be pooled and invested. Each year, the income generated by this fund will be used to nurture the freshwater guardians of tomorrow, support scientists, and fund research into new and emerging threats. Your long-term support guarantees the world’s freshwater laboratory will be there to safeguard our water supplies for the next 50 years and generations beyond. 

And it doesn’t stop there. Donors have the opportunity to triple their impact! Thanks to the generosity of Michael Paterson and the Gail Asper Family Foundation, and an anonymous donor, for a limited time every $1 donated becomes $3! 

Click here to donate online to the IISD-ELA Endowment Fund, managed by The Winnipeg Foundation. 

2. Building Canada’s First Centre for Climate and Lake Learning

Your gift to IISD Experimental Lakes Area’s Campus Improvement Initiative will help to build Canada’s Centre for Climate and Lake Learning, maintain and improve living conditions for researchers and visitors to this remote area, and renovate our power supply with clean, innovative technology.  

Your voice and actions will inspire generations to come. To pledge a monthly gift that will welcome local communities, educate and nurture the next generation of freshwater scientists, and inspire the world please select ‘IISD-ELA Campus Improvement Initiative’ from the embedded form below. 

3. Supporting Our Work Day in and Day out

Unrestricted operating funds are the holy grail for non-profits like us. They are flexible, adaptable, and get stuff done. This cash can help to rescue good ideas, solve problems, and respond to unpredictable circumstances. 

In short, flexible funding is crucial. 

If you want to be a problem-solving hero, please utilize the form below and pledge your support to ‘General Operating’.