Your donation makes a difference

There are so many ways your donation, large or small, can bring about possible results for the Reserve and its programs.  Read about each fund category below and choose one that resonates for you.

And, we are a 501(c)3 non-profit so your donation maybe be tax-deductible (you can consult your tax accountant).

GREATEST NEED

Your donation gives us the broadest flexibility to put your funds to work for the Reserve.  Examples of prior needs:

  • Scholarships for research and education interns
  • Building expansions and remodels
  • Furniture for the Guest House and Stevens Center training room
  • Operating expenses for the Foundation office
  • Maintaining the research buoy
  • New science equipment for the research lab

GREATEST NEED

EDUCATION

Your donation enhances the Reserve’s education programs that make the magic of the estuary ecosystem come alive.  More than 10,000 school children, teachers, and public community visit the Reserve for FREE classes and experiences.  Your support helps fund:

  • Busloads of school kids for “mudflat safaris”
  • Hands-on, research-based science education
  • Teacher training on climate change
  • New science equipment like microscopes
  • Quarterly community education classes
  • Hiring seasonal educational assistants

EDUCATION

ENDOWMENT 

Your donation goes directly to the Skagit Community Foundation (SCF) in the name of the Padilla Bay Foundation (Foundation.)  The principal becomes the legal property of and managed by SCF to support community needs within Skagit County.  Annually, SCF determines what percentage of earnings the Foundation can opt to withdraw or roll over into the principle.  Historically this is 2% – 3%.  To learn more about SCF go to their Website.

ENDOWMENT 

TOUCH POOL “Touch Pool design and manufacture by TENJI, Inc”

Your donation to the Touch Pool fund will help make a new exhibit a reality.  The Reserve has received a federal NOAA grant to expand the aquaria room to create space for a new touch pool exhibit.  To qualify for the grant the Foundation has pledged a matching $150,000 contribution.  Thus far we have raised $127,000.  A contractor has been selected for the project and work will begin early in 2020, with an expected completion date in late spring of 2020.  Help us meet our goal of $150,000.

TOUCH POOL