Waterkeeper Alliance fights every day for the drinkable, swimmable, fishable waters every person deserves. We rely on the support of our community to power this work—standing up to special interests and making our voices heard in halls of power.
A tax-deductible donation, bequest, DAF distribution… even a trusty old boat you’re looking to unload: It all drives our shared work and mission forward.
Choose your favorite way to support clean water now:
Make a Donation
Qualified Charitable Distributions
Donor Advised Funds
Start A Fundraiser
Donate Your Boat
There are two key factors that many donors consider when making a gift of appreciated assets: impact on our mission and potential tax benefits. Many of our most committed donors find they’re able to give more generously when they donate appreciated assets than if they’d simply given cash. That generosity means we’re able to protect more waterways.
If you are itemizing deductions on your tax return, you may be eligible for a charitable deduction of the full value of your gift. Whether or not you are itemizing deductions, though, donating an appreciated asset can help you avoid paying tax on capital gains.
Always discuss donations with a tax consultant to maximize your benefits.
We have an intuitive, easy-to-use tool that will guide you through the process in less than 10 minutes! Get started with your gift of stock here.
Qualified Charitable Distributions
Donors 70.5 or older with a traditional IRA are eligible to make a tax-free donation to the Waterkeeper Alliance directly from their IRA. These gifts, called Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) are always tax-free, regardless of whether or not you itemize deductions on your tax return. Use our online tool to:
- Create your QCD to support the Waterkeeper Alliance
- Request a tax acknowledgment letter for a QCD you’ve already made
- Download the forms you need if you’d prefer to finalize your QCD offline
- Learn more about QCDs and giving from your IRA to see if it’s right for you!
Get started on your QCD today.
If you have any further questions about this methods of giving, please contact Mary Beth Postman at [email protected]
Donor Advised Funds
A donor-advised fund allows you to easily support Waterkeeper Alliance. If you already benefit from donor-advised funds, please direct the fund to make checks payable to Waterkeeper Alliance and mail to:
180 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038
Waterkeeper Alliance’s tax identification number is 13-4071318.
If your donor-advised fund’s sponsoring organization is participating, you may recommend a gift to Waterkeeper Alliance via DAFdirect.
Please follow these easy steps:
- Select the sponsoring organization from the “Donate now from” field (as long as your DAF’s sponsoring organization is participating.)
- Enter the amount (in dollars) you would like to recommend in the “Amount” field.
- Click on the “NEXT” button to proceed to the sponsoring organization’s website to complete your donor-advised fund transaction.
Please note you will be directed to an external website to complete your transaction.
Many Waterkeeper Alliance supporters choose to leave a donation in their wills and trusts as an important way to have long-term impact, without any upfront cost during their lifetimes.
Making a will is one of the most impactful ways to extend your love and generosity to the causes and people you care about most. Legacy giving isn’t only for the wealthy — gifts of any size are deeply appreciated and have come in sizes ranging from $100 to $1 million. Together, we can continue making an impact for years to come.
One option is to visit FreeWill to create your legal will online or document your wishes and find an attorney near you. You can specify within your will the amount or percentage of your estate you’d like to leave (if any) to Waterkeeper Alliance and other charity organizations.
If you’d prefer to go straight to an attorney to draft your will and you choose to leave a gift in your will, we suggest the following language to advise us of your intentions:
“I bequeath (amount OR percentage) to Waterkeeper Alliance, Inc., a nonprofit corporation organized and existing under the laws of New York, with the principal business address of 180 Maiden Lane Suite 603 New York, NY 10038 and federal tax identification number 13-4071318.”
Start a Fundraiser
Run a marathon. Have a birthday party. Plan a community project. Share your love of water. You can create a fundraising page to celebrate it—and protect the world’s waterways at the same time.
Start your fundraiser today, and become one of the thousands of passionate Waterkeeper Alliance supporters who proudly call themselves part of the Waterkeeper movement!
Just click here to start your fundraiser through our donation portal and we’ll give you all the tools you need to get started. Or, start a fundraiser on Facebook!
Have a question? Contact us and we’ll be happy to help out!
Donate Your Boat
You can make a difference toward drinkable, fishable, swimmable water. Our partner, Certified Sales, can help facilitate the donation of your well-cared-for watercraft. Click here to learn more.
If you have any questions, please call Certified Sales at (401) 732-6300 and ask for Mike Costa. He will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the donation process.
Certified Sales, Inc. handles the donation process, from paperwork to vessel pickup. Donations are tax-deductible.
Your purchase of Waterkeeper Alliance products directly supports our vision: drinkable, fishable, swimmable water worldwide.
View our full line of Waterkeeper swag including t-shirts, hoodies, aprons, bags, and more!
Additional Ways to Give
Workplace giving is a simple and effective way for employees to support Waterkeeper Alliance.
Companies across America recognize the value of their employee's donations to Waterkeeper Alliance and offer matching gift programs to further increase the value of their donations. Waterkeeper Alliance is a non-profit organization, and a copy of our 501(c)(3) IRS letter is available upon request by emailing at [email protected].
Benevity is the global leader in corporate social responsibility and employee engagement software, including online giving, matching, volunteering and community investment. With software that is available in 17 languages and a certified B Corporation, Benevity is part of a unique breed of for-profit companies with a social mission who believe that ‘doing well by doing good’ is more than just a catchy tagline. Waterkeeper Alliance is one of Benevity’s charities for employee giving. Please visit Benevity; if you already an employee in Benevity’s system, please choose Waterkeeper Alliance as your charity here.
Network for Good
Waterkeeper Alliance also works with Network for Good who can help your company establish an employee giving program. Learn more here.
Make a Donation to Honor Someone
Make a donation to Waterkeeper Alliance in honor of someone—to celebrate a birthday, wedding, holiday, or another special occasion—or in memory of someone. Just use the donation form above and select "Yes, my gift is in honor or in memory of," and let us know how you'd like them to be notified. Your thoughtful gift will make a difference for waterways around the world.
Capital gifts allow Waterkeeper Alliance to sustain its long-term health and mission-driven vitality, improve legal capacity, provide for special projects, and increase our endowment.
Waterkeeper Alliance is currently embarking on a bold expansion of its successful model of local communities organizing to protect their watersheds. We’re calling it Project Osiris, based on the Egyptian god of resurrection and regeneration who periodically flooded the river to provide fertile cropland along the Nile Valley. From the first Waterkeeper in New York, Hudson Riverkeeper, we’ve developed organically to become the largest global nonprofit solely focused on clean water. Given the magnitude of the global water crisis, we need to scale our model more rapidly to tackle the most urgent water issues of our time. Learn more about Project Osiris here.
By using the proven Waterkeeper model of locally-based citizen action and advocacy, combined with a highly connected, well-trained, professional global network, we envision this project to be achievable. If interested in making a capital gift, please contact Mary Beth Postman at [email protected].