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 CREA school, camp, and community programs have enriched your life or the lives of family and friends, please consider making a gift. CREA also welcomes bequests – see below for more information.

Gifts may be given to support any aspect of our operations: school programs; camp scholarships; community 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. Ways to give include:

Become a member 

Your Annual Fund gift will help to support the CREA programs that need it most. We currently have hundreds of members just like you! Or, give a gift membership to someone who shares your passion for nature!


A modest bequest can make a big difference to us! Your legacy donation can help to ensure our programs will be available into the future. Your gift could bring the joy and wonder of hands-on, nature-based education to children and of all ages (including adults!). Contact Caroline at or 207-331-3202 for more information about how your bequest could inspire future generations of people who will carefully look after the resources that sustain us. 

Employer match

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

Donate stock

We welcome 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 providers make starting a donor-advised fund easy. These programs give donors the advantage of a year-end charitable deduction and the ongoing ability to recommend recipient organizations.

Amazon Smile 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