The Miramichi Salmon Association greatly appreciates the generosity of its many members and donors. Whether to support our field programs, hatchery stocking operations, advocacy efforts, education programs, or to invest in long term salmon conservation through the MSA Endowment Fund, all donations are graciously accepted. Official charitable tax receipts are issued for all donations in both Canada and the US.
To review the various ways you can support the MSA's ongoing salmon conservation efforts, please choose from the list below:
To make a contribution using your credit card or PayPal, please select the Program Sponsorship link above and it will take you to a list of our active conservation programs.
To make a contribution/pledge to the MSA Endowment Fund and/or the MSA Trust for Planned Giving program, or to find out more about Honourary Gifts and Planned Giving, please contact Stephen Tonning at (506) 457-2233 or via e-mail at .
You may also mail in your donation. Just download and complete a copy of our Contribution Designation Form to tell us how you would like your donation allocated, and mail it along with your gift payment to either our Canadian or US office.
|Mailing Address||Click to Download Form|
|Canadian Members mail forms to:
Miramichi Salmon Association
485 Route 420
South Esk NB
|Contribution Designation Form|
|US Members mail forms to:
MSA (US) Inc.
P.O. Box 646
Houlton, ME 04730
|Contribution Designation Form|
The MSA relies on the generous contributions of supporters to fund it's ongoing conservation programs and activities. Your support and contribution to any of the following programs and activities will greatly help the MSA continue its critically important salmon conservation work throughout the Miramichi watershed.
To donate choose the program of choice and indicate your residency - you will be able to pay via PayPal or via your credit card by selecting the appropriate credit card logo from the lower left side of the PayPal page. A brief description of each program can be seen below.
|General Operations||To support day-to-day operations and/or other priority budgeted requirements, as determined by the MSA Board of Directors.|
|Smolt Tracking Research||Using acoustic tagging to track the annual smolt migration as well as help determine the locations and causes of their mortality|
|Cold Water Initiatives||Enhancing and restoring cold-water refuge habitat (pools, seeps, etc). for the benefit and protection of returning adult salmon and growing juvenile fish.|
|Salmon Stocking||Stocking first-feeding wild Atlantic salmon fry in low density areas throughout the Miramichi watershed|
|Removing Spawning Obstructions||Removing beaver dams and other in-stream obstructions each fall so adult salmon can reach critical spawning habitat|
|Education||The MSA conducts school-based art and writing contests and a youth mentoring weekend called MSA First Cast. In addition, MSA supports NBSC's Fish Friends program, various in-school fishing clubs, and awards an annual University scholarship.|
|Endowment Fund||The MSA has established an endowment fund in both Canada and the US with a view to provide long-term financial support and stability for the organization’s operations.|
We have all been privileged to know and love a special person who has helped us realize a dream or inspired us to succeed. These inspirational people deserve recognition, and the Miramichi Salmon Association has the perfect way to do that. Through a memorial gift, you can honour your loved one by way of supporting a conservation cause and effort they cared deeply about. A memorial gift of any amount is most welcomed and always appreciated.
Memorial gifts totaling $1,000 or more, either collectively or as a single gift payment, will establish a permanent Memorial Membership in the honouree's name, with the honouree's family receiving a plaque mounted Memorial Membership certificate. Family members, co-workers, and fishing friends of passed MSA members often purchase a Memorial Membership as a lasting recognition of their loved one's passion and commitment to salmon conservation.
The MSA has established an Endowment Fund in both Canada (for Canadian residents) and the US (for US residents), with a view to provide long-term financial support and stability for the organization’s operations. In this way, any and all contributions made to the Endowment Fund will provide ongoing support for salmon conservation for many years to come.
What makes endowed giving different from annual giving?
Annual giving helps support the organization's yearly operations and conservation programs. Gifts to the Endowment Fund help create building blocks for the long-term future and health of the organization. Both types of funds are critically important to the MSA, with many donors annually supporting both funds.
Who can make a contribution to MSA's existing Endowment Fund?
Anyone can contribute to the MSA Endowment Fund. For investment growth purposes, all gifts to the MSA’s Endowment Fund are blended and become part of one large single fund.
How do I establish a 'Named Trust' Endowment Fund and what can it support?
Donors contributing $25,000 or more to the MSA Endowment Fund, either as a one-time payment or as multi-year pledge, will be recognized in perpetuity by way of having their own individual “Named Trust” listing added to the MSA’s Donor Wall of Honour, thereby creating a permanent legacy that links the donor’s name to the cause of salmon conservation for years to come. Donors can also request how the proceeds from their Named Trust contribution are to be spent.
How is the Endowment Fund spent?
As a general rule, the Endowment Fund is managed in a manner designed to protect principle, with only interest and other earnings being used to support budgeted operations. The annual spending allocation is generally based on a predetermined rate applied to the average yearly balance of the Endowment Fund (currently set at 4% and 2.5% in Canada and US respectfully). This spending rate is recommended by the Financial Committee in consideration of maximizing both spending and endowment growth. However in times of need, the Board of Directors may disburse funds from the organization’s endowment account, at its discretion, subject only to the exercise of its general fiduciary duties. Accordingly, disbursements may be made from incremental or accumulated contributions, deposits from other sources, interest, dividends, capital gains and/or any other type earnings.
People from all walks of life support the MSA. Among them is a very special group of committed conservationists... people who have chosen to make a legacy gift today that will insure their lifetime of support and passion for the Miramichi River, for the Atlantic Salmon who make it their home, and for the vital work being done by the MSA to protect and conserve both, will live on and be sustained long into the future.
When you include the MSA in your financial or estate planning, you will be helping to ensure that those who come after you will inherit a healthy and vibrant Miramichi River, capable of sustaining the same great diversity of life and socioeconomic benefits, opportunities, and life experiences that you have come to know and cherish.
You can support the 'MSA Trust for Planned Giving' through a will bequest, gift of stock or property, proceeds from a life insurance policy, or even through an income annuity plan or income trust. As with all such planned giving initiatives, the MSA encourages donors to consult and rely upon independent professional advice.
For more information go to MSA Planned Giving Brochure.