Because tomorrow needs YOU today

The world’s freshwater laboratory is dedicated to keeping our water— and the communities who depend on it—safe. But, to keep it running and help it grow over time, we need long-term financial sustainability.


That’s why we established the IISD Experimental Lakes Area Endowment Fund. Managed in perpetuity by The Winnipeg Foundation, this fund will provide a sustainable lifeline and a steady heartbeat for our one-of-a-kind natural laboratory.


Only YOU can help us raise $10 million to ensure we can continue to protect our fresh water through any uncertainties our shared future may bring.


And that’s not all.


For a limited time, every dollar you donate will become $2, thanks to a generous gift from Michael Paterson and the Gail Asper Family Foundation and the John and Pat McCutcheon Charitable Foundation.


YOUR gift will help support scientists and graduate students, fund research into emerging threats, and nurture the next generation of freshwater guardians.

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If you would like more information, or have any questions, please reach out to Erin Bend at


To donate by cheque, make the cheque payable to IISD Experimental Lakes Area (with the memo notation ‘IISD-ELA Endowment Fund’) and mail to: Attn: Philanthropy; IISD Experimental Lakes Area; 325-111 Lombard Avenue; Winnipeg, MB; R3B 0T4


If you’d like IISD-ELA’s securities transfer forme-transfer details, or to make a credit card gift over the phone, please contact Cody Sellar at


Note that our CRA Registered Charity Number is 850309576RR0001.