Frequently Asked Questions

We have lots of answers to frequently asked questions about our services, your donations, Dr. David Suzuki and about the environment and you.

Foundation services

  • Unfortunately, we are unable to endorse or fund specific products and companies that we aren’t directly involved with. We do not have the financial resources or staff capacity to do the required research for each of the many requests for endorsement we receive. We do not offer funds for tuition or studies.

  • If capacity allows, we occasionally promote relevant screenings, offer subject matter expertise or arrange for staff to speak at a panel or event. For more information and instructions click here. We will do our best to get back to you within four weeks.


  • Currently, we do not have the staff capacity to accommodate all the speaking and event requests we receive. But we do our best to fulfill as many as possible — particularly those that align with our priority goals, and are based in cities where we have offices (Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal). For more information and instructions click here. We will do our best to get back to you within four weeks.

  • This is not our expertise, but here are a few suggestions: find out what types of programs different universities offer. The areas of conservation and the environment are massive, and range from engineering, technical studies, and wildlife protection to campaigning, law, and policy. A good start is ECOCanada.

  • In pursuit of its goals, the David Suzuki Foundation recognizes the rights and title of Indigenous Peoples, guided by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (2007) and the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2015).

    The David Suzuki Foundation commits to respectfully engage with Indigenous Peoples when its work concerns their interests.

  • Updated DECEMBER 2019

    Although it does not advocate for it, nor practice it, the David Suzuki Foundation believes that in a context of climate change and collapse of biodiversity that threatens the survival of humanity, peaceful civil disobedience is a legitimate act of citizenship. The decision to resort to non-violent civil disobedience rests with every citizen, according to his own moral principles.

    The David Suzuki Foundation believes that peaceful civil disobedience claiming collective rights or denouncing the oppression of certain sectors of society has historically been, and continues to be, essential the advancement of law and the modernization of states.

    By fully accepting the potential consequences of their actions before the courts, the protesters finally place themselves within the legal framework to demand changes that they consider legitimate to ensure the respect of their rights. In any case, the changes requested directly challenge the State to fulfill its obligation to protect all citizens and the common good in a broad sense.

    The David Suzuki Foundation believes in the diversity of the movement and the means it deploys to advance the debate on the climate emergency, but it cannot automatically support every action taken on behalf of this principle, and it might dissociate itself from certain actions. Under no circumstances will the Foundation endorse the use of violence against property, the state or other citizens.

Dr. David Suzuki

  • We do not have access to David Suzuki’s TV and radio appearances. Please contact the CBC.

  • Dr. Suzuki cannot be contacted at the main David Suzuki Foundation phone number or via the Foundation’s emails. All personal inquiries for Dr. Suzuki should be directed to his private office Attn: Executive Assistant, Ms. D. Bayne by post at PO Box 19011, West 4th Ave., Vancouver, BC., V6K 4R8

  • Books are available via Greystone Books.

The environment and you

  • Check out our Take action section.

  • Find out more about carbon offsets here and how to go carbon neutral here.

  • Read about our Fisheries and aquaculture project to learn how you can make healthy choices for your family and our oceans.

  • Find out more about this extraordinary animal in our Orca and salmon project.

  • Take a look at our Pesticides project to learn about how pesticides affect the environment and your health.

  • If you need a straightforward explanation of climate change, see What is climate change?. More information about the science of climate change can be found here.

  • You can find out more about wind, solar and hydro energy within our Charged Up project.


  • See this breakdown of our program expenditures and sources of support.

  • As a registered charity we gratefully accept donations from the public. It is only thanks to our donors that we can do this important work to help the environment. Individual donors provide 55% of the Foundation’s budget. Read more about our donors.

    Do you have any of your investments in fossil fuels?

    No. We have a very strict guideline that no David Suzuki Foundation investments are to be made in industries or companies involved in the production, processing, or transportation of fossil fuels.

  • If you are planning to raise funds for the David Suzuki Foundation, you can start by registering your fundraiser.

  • You can become a monthly donor online by completing this simple form. If you would like to change the amount of your monthly donation, please email us at

  • Contact us by email at or phone us at 1-800-453-1533 ext. 1500 to request one or all of the following:

    • Annual mailing — in addition to receiving our newsletters, you will only receive one request to renew your giving every autumn.
    • Information only — you will only receive our newsletters, and no direct request to renew your giving.
    • Do not exchange name — your name will not be exchanged with other like-minded organizations.
  • The Foundation maintains strict ethical guidelines in our gift acceptance policy. We only take donations that further our mission. We decline gifts that could undermine our integrity, restrict our independence or damage our reputation.

    For more information, please contact our Community Giving team at 604-732-4228 ext. 1500 or

  • Yes, a professional calling company or Foundation staff members sometimes call our supporters.

    These calls are to ask if you want to set up a regular gift, increase your current gift if you are able, or to offer you other opportunities.

    Calls are also to welcome, thank you and tell you about the work and progress you make possible.

    If you would like to make a donation or set up a gift, it will be necessary for the caller to ask for your bank details.

    If you don’t feel comfortable providing this information or feel the call may not be genuine, please feel free to call our Community Giving team at 1-800-453-1533 ext. 1500. They will help you.

    If you would prefer no phone contact, please call the Foundation’s Community Giving team or email them at Please include your full address, name and telephone number.

  • Yes, a professional company helps the David Suzuki Foundation reach potential donors in Vancouver and Montreal.

    The canvassers may ask if you want to set up a regular gift or sign a petition.

    If you would like to make a donation or set up a gift, it will be necessary for the canvasser to ask for your bank details.

    If you don’t feel comfortable providing this information, please feel free to call our Community Giving team at 1-800-453-1533 ext. 1500. They will help you.

  • To be as efficient as possible, we send one consolidated receipt for your monthly donation. You will receive yours in February via conventional mail or email.

    This year, we sent mail receipts on February 11 and email receipts on February 16. If you can’t find your email receipt, please check your junk folder.

    If you’re experiencing problems opening and printing your emailed tax receipt, it may be because you have an old version of Adobe.

    Try these troubleshooting tips:

    1. View and print your receipt on a laptop or desktop computer. Not all devices support full PDF functionality and you may encounter issues on smartphones or tablets.
    1. Ensure you’re using the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader to open your receipt. Download the most recent version free at Click “Download Acrobat Reader.”

    Older versions of Adobe Reader can black out important information on your receipt when printed and/or you may be prompted for a password. Please note: our tax receipts are not password protected. You do not require a password to view or print your receipt.

    1. Save your PDF to a separate place on your system (e.g., on your desktop or in your documents). Open your PDF from this location and print from there.

    If you’re still having difficulty viewing and printing your receipt, it might be best to have it mailed to your address. Please let us know how the troubleshooting goes and if you prefer a hard copy.

    Feel free to call our Community Giving team at 1-800-453-1533 ext. 1500. They will help you.


  • Please see our Copyrights and Permissions page.

  • Please e-mail our Web team. Include your browser version and whether you’re using a Mac, PC, or some other operating system. Please detail the source page where the broken link is found.