Overhead view of Cedar Creek
The Essex Region Conservation Foundation (ERCF) was established in 1977 to receive and maintain funds for charitable, educational, conservation and heritage purposes related directly or indirectly to the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural and heritage resources in the Essex Region.

The Foundation’s Mission is to create awareness and raise funds to enhance our natural environment for healthy living and economic vibrancy in the Essex Region. The Foundation raises money for projects undertaken by The Essex Region Conservation Authority.  The Authority receives a fixed amount annually as a grant, determined by the Foundation Board of Directors, which compensates the Authority for time its staff spends on activities of the Foundation.

In 2015, the Foundation became one of only 135 organizations in Canada to achieve prestigious accreditation from Imagine Canada’s Standards Program for Charitable and Non-Profit Organizations.  Meeting these highest standards will inspire confidence among our donors and partners as we work to create awareness and raise funds to enhance the natural environment for healthy living and economic vibrancy in our community.  Imagine Canada is a national umbrella organization that establishes operating and governance guidelines for charities and non-profits in Canada. The Standards Program awards accreditation to charities and nonprofits that demonstrate excellence in board governance; financial accountability and transparency; fundraising; staff management; and volunteer management.

The Foundation is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and adheres to the AFP Code of Conduct.

Our charitable registration number is 118902162RR0001.

Board of Directors

Susan Stockwell Andrews, President

J. Claire Wales, Vice President

Ken Schmidt,  Past President

Karen Behune Plunkett

Sean Collier

Terry Fink

Amanda Gellman

Kelly Laforest

Charlotte Loaring

Rakesh Naidu

Eric Naylor

Brian Parent

David Robins

Richard J. Wyma, Executive Director

Shelley McMullen, Treasurer


Additional Information

2015 Essex Region Conservation Foundation Annual Report

2015 Audited Financial Statements

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