Charitable giving is an important Canadian value and tradition. Every year, Canadians from coast to coast to coast support the causes that matter to them. There are many ways to support The Alpine Club of Canada including volunteering your time, donating materials and services, and financial contributions.
It has been an exceptionally exciting year for all of us at The Alpine Club of Canada. Read the Annual Report to learn how donor support made a difference in 2015, and also enjoy member stories, quotes and fabulous photos. Thank you to everyone for all you have done in the past year to continue to build the legacy of The Alpine Club of Canada and propel our Club into its second century of excellence!
The Alpine Club of Canada is a registered Amateur Athletic Association and a registered Canadian charity (Registration No.: 10670 4182 RR0001). The ACC also has a registered Foundation in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to accept charitable donations from donors living in the United States. We will issue a charitable tax receipt for eligible donations of $20 or more.
The Alpine Club of Canada has a number of avenues that require your support and we hope that one–or more–of them will inspire you to donate. All ACC Funds are conservatively invested by professionals to achieve modest principal growth while generating income for use each year. One hundred percent of your donation will go towards the fund(s) of your choice. Also, don’t forget that your employer might match your donation. Please look into the employee giving incentives at your company to maximize your contribution.
We are extremely grateful for your generous support.
How to Donate
The ACC accepts of gifts of cash, publicly traded securities, charitable bequests and gifts-in-kind.
To make a gift by mail, download one of these donation forms. They are fillable PDFs, giving you the option of downloading one to your computer then either completing it on your computer or printing it and completing it by hand. If you choose to fill it out on your computer, you can save it and email it back to us at or print it and mail it back. Note: the fillable functions will only work when the PDF is opened using Adobe Acrobat.
For donations from Canadian addresses, please complete the Canadian Donation Form.
For donations from U.S.A. addresses, please complete the American Donation Form.
For more information on other ways to give, please contact Jolene Livingston.
Make a Legacy Gift
Legacy giving provides donors with the opportunity to continue an annual gift in perpetuity, invest in future generations and provide a personal long-term legacy to our mountain community. Read our new legacy giving brochure or read our Reflections from ACC Donors to learn more about the many ways you can include The Alpine Club of Canada in your charitable giving plans.
Have you already included The Alpine Club of Canada in your estate plans? If so, we invite you to complete our Legacy Giving Intention Form and return it to The Alpine Club of Canada main office. We thank you for your investment in the future of our club.
Donations to Funds
The ACC maintains the following permanent funds to which we gratefully accept donations. Your donation can be directed toward a specific aspect of the ACC, depending on the area of the Club’s operations you would like to support.
Greatest Needs Fund
Strengthening your national alpine club for generations to come
The Greatest Needs Fund is a permanent legacy of the ACC. Through the generosity of our mountain community, the fund allows our Club to celebrate our history, seize new opportunities, address pressing issues and make strategic decisions that benefit our national community.
In 2017, Canada will celebrate 150 years as a nation. As a Club, we too have more than a century to celebrate. With your support, the ACC will commemorate our history, Canada’s 150th anniversary and the next generation by adding at least one new backcountry hut, providing free online access to the Canadian Alpine Journal and supporting our Sections by developing more volunteer leader training opportunities.
Leadership Development Fund
Support the next generation of Club leaders
Created in 1997, the Leadership Development Fund supports activities and programs undertaken by the ACC to develop and train amateur mountaineering leaders. These activities and programs are also supported by named designated funds such as the Jen Higgins Fund, Jim Colpitts Memorial Scholarship, Karl Nagy Memorial Scholarship, Louise Guy Commemorative Fund and The North Face.
Your donation helps amateur leaders from our local sections build their skills in a variety of ways, including the TNF Leadership Program.
Help maintain the largest network of backcountry huts in North America
The ACC’s hut system is the largest in North America. The huts are used as bases for mountain recreation and as emergency refuges for all mountain travellers. They are a symbol of the ACC and an enormous part of our Club’s past, present and future. Operating and maintaining this hut system is a large undertaking physically, logistically and financially.
Your contribution to the Facilities Fund will be used to facilitate renovations to the Club’s national level huts in British Columbia and Alberta and the ACC Clubhouse in Canmore.
Preserving and protecting our playground
Wilderness is a diminishing and irreplaceable resource of great intrinsic value, not only to those who recreate in its spaces, but to everyone on our planet. The Environment Fund is a permanent fund to be used to create a legacy of environmental improvement.
The Environment Fund provides financial support annually to projects related to preservation of the alpine and Arctic environments and climbing areas in Canada. Your donation goes directly to these projects.
Mountain Culture Fund
Preserve our Canadian mountain culture
The Mountain Culture Fund celebrates the Club’s relevance to Canadian culture through the presentation of literature, art, history and heritage and mountain related science in accordance with the mandate of the Mountain Culture Committee and the goals and objectives of the ACC.
The Mountain Culture Fund, as well as designated donor funds such as the Eric Brooks Memorial Fund and Bev Bendell Library Conservation Fund, supports projects such as the Summit Series booklets of biographies of people who have made a difference in Canadian Mountaineering and the Hut Histories plaques.
Bon Echo Renewal
Contribute to the revitalization of Bon Echo Hut on Mazinaw Lake, ON
For half a century, the Bon Echo Hut has been a welcoming base for exploring the Mazinaw Rock formation on Mazinaw Lake in Ontario’s Bon Echo Provincial Park. With a variety of multi-pitch climbs, campsites, swimming and a wood-fired sauna, the hut hosts nearly 500 climbers a year and demand remains as strong as ever. Bon Echo Hut is 50 years old and renovations are urgently needed. Together with the ACC National Office, the Toronto Section seeks to raise $80,000 to upgrade the roof, windows, deck, kitchen, and the cooking and lighting systems. The revitalized hut will be renamed the Wallace R. Joyce Hut, in tribute to long-time Toronto Section member – the late Wally Joyce.
Vancouver Island Section New Hut
Support the construction of the first ACC hut on Vancouver Island!
Perched on a spectacular ridge at 1,350m on 5040 Peak, the new ACC hut will provide access to extensive summer alpine hiking and superb winter skiing. Plans have been on-going for over a year, building support from First Nations, the Regional District, outdoor clubs, the local SAR and Vancouver Island University. The final design will sleep 12, with ample kitchen and living space, be one storey high, and maximize the site’s impressive 270° views.
Construction costs are estimated at $160,000. We very much need your help to make this project become a reality, and thank you for any support you can give. For further information, see the ACCVI Hut Brochure, view the approximate location via this Google Earth file (Zipped file) or email Rick Hudson to learn more about donating to the Vancouver Island Hut Fund.