Ways to Give

Photo credit: Lynn Huffman

Photo credit: Katherine Berst

Photo credit: Katherine Berst

Protect the water you love.

Protecting and enhancing the quality of Grand Traverse Bay and all its waterways is critical to our region’s future. The Watershed Center is the only organization solely dedicated to this mission. We rely on grants to fund our on-the-ground projects and donations to sustain all other mission-driven efforts.

Your gift to The Watershed Center supports science-based decision making, vigilant monitoring of the health of our aquatic systems, and informed policy development to protect and restore the water you love.

Bay Guardians

Bay Guardians are our dedicated contributors that help support our efforts throughout the entire year. Your monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual gifts help us cut costs and save resources, giving you a larger return on your investment. Consider becoming a Bay Guardian that protects clean water all year long by sending a check or making an online donation.

Amazon Smile

If you are shopping from home, please consider adding us as an Amazon Smile partner. It costs nothing to you and is an ongoing way to help The Watershed Center.

Matching Gifts

Did you know you can double – sometimes even triple – your gift using your employer’s matching gift program? View a list of companies that offer matching gift programs or ask your employer for details on their potential program. If you are a Rotarian, the Rotary Endowment at the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation will match up to $250 of your personal gift.

Stocks & Securities

You can gift appreciated stocks, bonds, IRAs, or mutual funds you have held for more than one year. You will pay no capital gains tax on the transaction and are able to clean a federal income tax charitable deduction for the full, appreciated value of the securities. It is important you notify us in advance of any gift for proper acknowledgement and receipt. Contact Michelle at mhandke@gtbay.org or 231.935.1514 x4 with the information on this form.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Business and organizational support is an important source of funding for some of The Watershed Center’s most recognizable projects and programs, like our Adopt-A-Stream volunteer water quality monitoring program. Each year we seek businesses and organizations that share our passion for swimmable, fishable, drinkable water and who can help us put that passion into action through their financial support. In addition to knowing you are helping protect Grand Traverse Bay and its surrounding waterways, we also strive to provide our sponsors with benefits that support your business goals. Contact Michelle at mhandke@gtbay.org or 231.935.1514 x4 to explore what upcoming sponsorship opportunities would be a good fit for you.

Memorials & Tributes

To honor the memory of a loved one or pay tribute to someone who values clean water, simply indicate whom you wish to memorialize or honor on your check or make on online contribution. When we receive your gift, we will notify the individual or family that a gift was made in their honor or memory.

legacy giving

Legacy giving is a way to ensure your dedication to protecting Grand Traverse Bay and its surrounding waterways continues even after your lifetime. Legacy gifts include naming The Watershed Center in wills and living trusts, life insurance, endowment gifts, retirement plans, charitable gift annuities, real estate, memorials and tributes, and many others. Legacy giving connotes thoughtful preparation and planning with professional advice; to start the conversation contact Michelle at mhandke@gtbay.org or 231.935.1514 x4.

Business Collaborations

Being a good corporate citizen comes easily to many businesses in the Grand Traverse Bay watershed. From encouraging employees to volunteer their time and talent to donating a portion of their sales, we are fortunate to be the beneficiary of the engagement of the following businesses:


If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Philanthropy Michelle Handke by phone at 231.935.1514 x4 or email at mhandke@gtbay.org.

We protect the
water you love.