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.
Unfortunately, we can’t endorse or fund specific products and companies not directly involved in our work. We don’t have the financial resources or staff capacity to do the required research for the many requests for endorsement we receive. We don’t offer funds for tuition or studies.
If capacity allows, we may 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’ll do our best to get back to you within four weeks.
We don’t have capacity to accommodate all the speaking and event requests we receive. But we do our best to fulfil 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. Please be clear in the form description whether you would like the David Suzuki Foundation booth, or whether you are requesting a Foundation staff member to be a guest speaker. We’ll do our best to get back to you within four weeks.
Requests for David to be a guest speaker don’t come through the Foundation. See the below FAQ for “How do I contact David Suzuki”.
Find out what types of programs different educational institutions offer, including online. 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.
Please visit our Science and Learning Centre to view our reports. You can also use the ‘search’ in the top-right corner on any page of our website. Type in key words, to be pointed in the right direction.
In pursuit of our goals, we recognize 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).
We commit to engage respectfully with Indigenous Peoples when our work concerns their interests.
Updated DECEMBER 2019
We don’t advocate for or practise it as an organization, but in a context of climate change and collapse of biodiversity that threatens the survival of humanity, we support peaceful civil disobedience as a legitimate act of citizenship. The decision to resort to non-violent civil disobedience rests with individuals, according to their moral principles.
Peaceful civil disobedience claiming collective rights or denouncing the oppression of certain sectors of society has historically been, and continues to be, essential to the advancement of law and the modernization of states.
By fully accepting the potential consequences of their actions before the courts, protesters place themselves within the legal framework to demand changes they consider legitimate to ensure the respect of their rights. In any case, changes requested directly challenge the state to fulfil its obligation to protect all citizens and the common good in a broad sense.
We believe in the diversity of the movement and the means it deploys to advance the debate on the climate emergency, but cannot automatically support every action taken on behalf of this principle, and might dissociate from certain actions. Under no circumstances will we endorse the use of violence against property, the state or other people.
Dr. David Suzuki
Please contact the CBC.
David Suzuki cannot be contacted at the main David Suzuki Foundation phone number or via the Foundation’s emails. All personal inquiries for David Suzuki should be mailed to his private office:
Attn: D. Bayne, Executive Assistant, PO Box 19011, West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V6K 4R8
Find David’s books on the Greystone Books website.
Founded in 2010, the David Suzuki Institute is an evidence-based non-profit organization that stimulates debate and action in Canada on critical issues of nature and social justice, with emphasis on the climate and biodiversity crises and their solutions. It is a companion organization to the David Suzuki Foundation.
The Institute is not a registered charity, which gives it greater latitude for political advocacy than the David Suzuki Foundation.
The Institute works with a wide range of partners – including publishers solutions-oriented businesses, social justice and environmental advocates and Indigenous Peoples – to offer events, research and dialogue.
The environment and you
Check out our Take Action section.
Thank you for visiting the David Suzuki Foundation website to learn more about reducing greenhouse gas emissions through carbon offsets, carbon credits and net-zero accounting.
Carbon offsets, carbon credits, carbon financing and net-zero approaches have been promoted as novel ways to help meet emissions reduction targets; in other words, to help reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere so we can limit and reverse the negative effects of climate change.
Over the years, the David Suzuki Foundation has investigated and, with various limits and restrictions, supported some of these approaches. However, the Foundation does not currently support or recommend any carbon offset or crediting programs as effective carbon-reduction tools.
Recent scientific research and the lived experience of communities where these approaches have been used are calling into question their effectiveness at getting the rapid carbon reductions society needs, and are raising concerns about their impacts on the social, economic and cultural rights of communities. Because of this, the David Suzuki Foundation is pausing support for carbon offset, credit, financing and net-zero schemes while we conduct a review and determine a position based on the most up-to-date research and experience.
Regardless, there is no doubt that the most immediate and effective way to stop climate change is to stop emitting as much carbon pollution as possible. This will be achieved by reducing fossil fuel use and stopping conversion of healthy land and aquatic habitats into areas of intensive human use (e.g., wetlands becoming shopping malls).
Read about our Fisheries and aquaculture work to learn how you can make healthy choices for your family and the ocean.
Find out more about this extraordinary animal in our Orca and salmon project page.
Take a look at our Pesticides work to learn about how they affect the environment and your health.
What is climate change? provides a straightforward explanation.
Find out more about renewables on our Renewable Power for All project page.
This breakdown of our program expenditures and sources of support shows where your gifts go and links to our financial statements and donor newsletters.
As a registered charity, we gratefully accept donations from the public. We can’t do the important work to protect Earth’s life-support systems without them. Individual donors provide 55 per cent of our budget. Read more about our donors.
No. We follow a strict guideline and don’t invest 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.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-453-1533 to request any or all of these:
- Annual mailing — in addition to receiving our newsletters, you’ll receive one request to renew your giving every autumn.
- Information only — you’ll only receive our newsletters and no direct requests to renew your giving.
- Do not exchange name — we won’t exchange your name with other like-minded organizations.
We maintain strict guidelines in our Ethical Gift Acceptance. 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, contact us at 604-732-4228 or email@example.com.
Yes. Professional calling companies (Strategic Communications and Public Outreach) or Foundation staff members sometimes call our supporters.
They ask if you want to set up a regular gift, increase your current gift if you are able, or offer other opportunities.
Calls are also to welcome, thank you and tell you about the work and progress you make possible.
If you have any doubts about the legitimacy of the call, check that:
- The call is from Canada
- The caller states their first name and that the call is on behalf of the David Suzuki Foundation
- The caller has access to your Foundation donation history
- The caller knows the Foundation’s mission and vision and can answer questions about our work
The caller will never ask for your social insurance or passport numbers. If you want to donate or update your information, the caller will ask for your bank details.
If you don’t want to provide this information or are concerned the call may not be genuine, please feel free to call our Community Giving team at 1-800-453-1533. They will help you.
If you would prefer no phone contact, please call the Foundation’s Community Giving team or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your full address, name and telephone number.
Yes. We employ a professional company (Globalfaces) to go door-to-door and street canvas to help us reach potential supporters.
Canvassers may ask if you want to set up a regular donation or sign a petition.
If you would like to donate, set up a regular gift or sign a petition, the canvasser will need your contact information. The canvasser will then follow up with a phone call to you (from 1-800-577-8023) to get your payment details.
If you’d rather deal with the Foundation directly regarding donations, contact our Community Giving team at 1-800-453-1533 or email@example.com. You can access our online petitions here: https://davidsuzuki.org/take-action/act-online/.
Thank you! To be as efficient as possible, we send one consolidated receipt for your monthly donation 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:
- 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.
- Ensure you’re using the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader to open your receipt. Download the most recent version free here. 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.
- 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 for help.
You can donate cryptocurrency via Canada Helps. It will process your gift, issue a tax receipt, forward the proceeds to us and purchase carbon offsets to help reduce the carbon emissions your donation generates.
The David Suzuki Foundation does not accept direct cryptocurrency donations.
If your question or concern isn’t addressed in the FAQs above or elsewhere on the website, then you may find your answers using the form below.
Our three offices are currently closed, and our teams are working remotely. To contact us by mail, please use our Vancouver address. We can also handle mail for our Toronto or Montreal offices from Vancouver.
We have reduced access to letter mail, so we may be slow to reply.
Vancouver (head office)
340 – 1122 Mainland Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 5L1
or toll free at 1-800-453-1533
Our Vancouver office is on the traditional unceded Indigenous territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.
102 – 179 John Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1X4
Our Toronto office is located on the traditional Indigenous territories of the Wendat, Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations. This territory is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the lands and resources around the Great Lakes.
540 – 50, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
Montreal QC H2X 3V4
Our Montreal office is located on the traditional territories of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) Nation and has been a land of passage and exchange for many other First Nations.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to
• edit your donation
• update your personal or credit details
• edit your letter mail or email subscription
• ask questions about greeting cards or seed purchases/mail-outs
Please note that our Donor Relations team now has reduced access to letter mail. If you are sending a donation by mail, there may be a delay in processing and recognizing your gift. If you are able to, please consider making a gift online instead or by phone at 1-800-453-1533.
Contacter email@example.com les mêmes options d’enquête que ci-dessus, mais pour nos supporters francophones.
Emails from the David Suzuki Foundation
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Contact email@example.com for any other inquiries that are not mentioned above. We will not be able to return phone calls at the moment, so please ensure emails are clear and concise, so that we can help you effectively.
Visit the media contacts page.
Contacting Dr. David Suzuki
To request David Suzuki’s speakership at an event/e-event or interview, or for any personal inquiry that is not for the Foundation (David Suzuki and the Foundation are separate entities), please write by letter to the postal address below. Note: David Suzuki does not communicate by email, but if you include your email address in your letter, his assistant Deanna may be able to respond via email. You cannot reach David Suzuki via the above “contact” address at the Foundation.
Attn: Executive Assistant, Ms. D. Bayne by post at PO Box 19011, West 4th Ave., Vancouver, B.C. V6K 4R8