How We Use Your Gift - Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

how we use your gift

You can donate securely online now, mail us a check made payable to the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, or by telephone 1-800-966-7920.

With your support we will engage in dozens of projects throughout the Yellowstone to Yukon region that protect core wildlife habitats, keep these habitats connected, and inspire others to engage in similar work.

Y2Y is committed to accountability and transparency. Find out how we put your gift to work:

Your donations have helped Y2Y connect and protect Yellowstone to Yukon region in diverse ways, including creating new parks and protected areas, working with multiple partners to build wildlife-friendly highways, helping people live peacefully with wildlife, and healing damaged habitats. For more information about our past and current work, please see Our Impact.

Our work is driven by our mission, and we only accept funding that supports advancing our vision. Conservation challenges in the Y2Y region transcend borders. As such, we accept funding from both countries (and occasional donations from outside North America) and spend this funding on both sides of the border.

We do not knowingly accept funding from any entity seeking specifically to undermine local or regional economies. Please read through our Gift Acceptance Policy for more details.

Yes. Through our Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative Foundation we are a registered charity in Canada (#86430 1841 RR0001). In the U.S., through our Montana Society we are a registered 501(c)(3) organization in the United States (#81-0535303). Our legal name is Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.

If you donate online, you will receive a tax receipt immediately via email.

If you donate via check in the mail, you will receive a tax receipt via mail. U.S. residents will receive a thank you letter that will serve as an official tax receipt for the IRS. Canadian residents will receive an official tax receipt in the mail.

Y2Y is listed on the Canadian Revenue Agency website. Y2Y has a 4-star rating on Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator. Y2Y is also listed on GuideStar, an information service specializing in reporting on U.S. non-profit companies.

Thanks for asking! Please see our Give a Gift of Securities page for details on how you can support our conservation work with a donation of appreciated stocks, shares, mutual funds or bonds.

Y2Y is supported by individuals like you, as well as a broad range of foundations, government agencies and businesses in both Canada and the U.S. With this support, Y2Y works with our partners to implement conservation projects and strategies that protect and connect the Yellowstone to Yukon landscape.

Your rights as a donor are important to us, as is your knowing how carefully and effectively we use your donations. Y2Y follows the Association of Fundraising Professional’s Donor Bill of Rights. We also take your privacy very seriously. Read our donor privacy statement.

Yes. As per the Regulations, we will provide Alberta donors with the charitable purpose for which your contributions will be used and the cost of fund-raising and how much Y2Y expects to raise. Y2Y maintains complete and accurate financial records of its operations in Alberta and records regarding solicitations made in Alberta for at least three years after the solicitations are made.

All personal information, such as email addresses and financial information, collected on Y2Y’s website is knowingly and specifically supplied to us by the website user. Extensive data encryption and password protection is used to manage data. We collect, use and disclose personal information only for purposes that a reasonable person would consider appropriate.

Regularly, our members are given opportunities to choose how often and in what way they wish to hear from us. At any time, our supporters are able to opt out of receiving communication material, and having their information used or shared for purposes beyond those for which it was collected. We will not sell, trade or rent your information to any other organization.

Read our privacy statement for more details.

We use SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) technology to secure the information provided online. This technology provides cryptographic protocols such as key certificates to secure communications via the internet. Thawte provides our Security Certificate which is a web-standard of 128-bit keys. The certificate license is posted on every eCommerce page.

Have a question that wasn’t answered here?

We’d be happy to address any questions you may have. Feel free to call us at 1-800-966-7920 or email us