How to Help: Donate
Make a Cash Contribution
While restricted funding for selected projects has expanded the Foundation's information and experience base, unrestricted cash contributions provide the essential support that has enabled the Foundation to serve island communities for almost three decades. By buying a tax deductible US$50 membership or making a tax-deductible contribution you greatly advance the ability of the Foundation to address real problems, often on a quick-response basis. In addition to direct personal action, exercise your influence to persuade responsible firms---especially those whose revenues depend on natural resources and natural amenities, such as tourism---to contribute to the Foundation.
Contact Judith A. Towle, Vice President for Administration <jtowle at irf.org or 202-265-9712> for details about memberships, donations and bequests.
Consider Unrestricted or Restricted Grants to the Foundation
Many of the people who access this site are responsible officials or agents of programs which have goals parallel to the Foundation's activities in coastal resource management, biodiversity conservation, or environmental information. Because of its extremely low indirect cost structure, a grant to the Foundation can be more cost-effective for such agencies than using in-house staff.
But beyond these conventional sources of funds, which we need and appreciate, we also ask you to imagine less conventional ways in which we can work together to improve the sustainable development of small tropical islands. Many of our supporters over the years have found Island Resources Foundation to be a convenient way to channel tax-deductible donations to worthy overseas purposes, such as video production costs or support for an ethnic dance troupe. With a history of over 180 completed projects and no audit exceptions, Island Resources Foundation can be an effective and cost-efficient way to channel your funds to desired purposes.
Donate Property to the Foundation
Some of the Foundation's most significant projects have stemmed from, or have been funded by donations of property, including personal property, real estate, stocks, or vehicles and boats. As mentioned before, such contributions are tax deductible under the US tax code.
Send memberships and unrestricted cash contributions to the Foundation's Washington office. Discuss other support with senior staff at any of the Foundation's offices.