Ways to Support CREA

The Cathance River Education Alliance (CREA) connects people with nature to improve the well being of both. Your membership funds stay local and support environmental education for all generations in Midcoast Maine, including hands-on science education for students in the Topsham, Brunswick, Harpswell, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, and Bath school districts.


If our Ecology Center or the trails, sights, and sounds of the Cathance River Preserve have enriched your life, please consider a gift to CREA. Gifts may be given to support operations, educational programs for all ages, research projects, capital expenses, or to help establish an endowment.

CREA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and your contributions are tax deductible.

Become a member and give annually

Your Annual Fund gift will help to support the CREA programs that need it most. We currently have hundreds of members just like you!


Have your workplace match your gift

Businesses and corporations often welcome the chance to match employee contributions. Check with your HR department to see if this is an option.

Pay a tribute

Honor a special friend or relative with a gift to the natural world by requesting donations be made to CREA.


We often accept gifts of stock. Contact us and we will send you the necessary information that makes this process as easy as writing a check.

Donor-advised funds

Charles Schwab, Vanguard, and several other low cost providers make starting a donor-advised fund easy. These programs give donors the advantage of a year-end charitable deduction and the ability to recommend several recipient organizations throughout the coming years.

Life insurance

Another hidden asset that you can give instead of cash is a paid-up life insurance policy with coverage you no longer need.

Leave a bequest or charitable annuity

Members who make planned gifts receive recognition in our annual report and invitations to special events and activities. CREA has benefited from a number of such gifts, and yours could help perpetuate our service to the community.

Have CREA benefit from Amazon.com purchases

By selecting CREA from AmazonSmile (regular or Prime) program, Amazon will donate 0.5% of all of your purchases to CREA. 

For more details about any of these options, email us at director@creamaine.org