Help Support Our Work


The core programs of the Tula Foundation are sustained mainly from the endowment established when Tula was created. Over time those programs have expanded to the point that they consume all available funds if we consider longer term sustainability.

We’d dearly love to be able to do more.

People often ask us how they can support our work, and show solidarity with our mission. We treasure the positive feedback we get from visitors and media.

Financial support from other parties also means a great deal to us:

  • It assures us that the work we are doing is truly valued by the public we are presuming to serve.
  • It gives us the opportunity to justify extensions to our programs, those extras that mean so much.

Donation Options

General Support

  • All Tula Programs. Use the donation as required across all programs.
  • Hakai Institute. Use the donation to support all Hakai Institute programs.
  • Tula Health. Use the donation to support Tula’s work in Guatemala.

Specific Campaigns

  • Media Internships (see below).
  • Community Travel Fund. The general value of assisting Central Coast community groups, especially schools to travel to Calvert Island (see below).

Media Internships

We are fostering the next generation of media-savvy journalists. Join us.

At Hakai Magazine, we believe in the power of journalism to bring coastal science and societies alive for readers, mixing text and imagery in a compelling package. In just a few years, we’ve grown our online magazine to 95,000 monthly readers, won major journalism awards, and shined a light on issues that matter.

We love what we do. And we believe in what we do—so much that we are investing in the next generation of articulate, thoughtful, and skilled journalists who can communicate science to a general audience using all the tools at our disposal. We launched our internship program in 2018 and our fellowship program in 2019. Jess Mackie, our first fellow, says "I simply wouldn’t be the journalist I am today without having the experiences I’ve been lucky enough to have these last six months."

In 2020, we will offer both a fully paid internship and fellowship. We need your support to help us cultivate the next generation of journalists. Are you in?

One of the primary gaps in journalism today is the lack of continuous investment in the next generation. We will tackle that problem with a four-month internship and an eight-month fellowship. By training a cadre of journalists, we invest in a constructive future. One full of hope. As James Baldwin wrote: "People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction."

With each position we fund, we bring one more articulate, intelligent voice to the media landscape. Readers have asked us how they can contribute to Hakai Magazine—well this is your chance!

The closure of so many journalism outlets in the past decade has led to a decrease in opportunities to learn the craft in a way that preserves the integrity of the profession for the future.

We are committed to matching your donation one-to-one. The funds we raise will go towards the journalist’s salary, the costs of mentoring the journalist, and travel costs for reporting trips.

Every action, no matter how small, impacts the world. "We cannot live through a single day without making an impact on the world around us—and we have a choice as to what sort of difference we make," wrote Jane Goodall.

Community Travel Fund

The Hakai Institute’s Calvert Island ecological observatory lies at the heart of BC’s Central Coast—the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest if you like. The opportunities for research and advanced education are as great as anywhere on the planet. The Central Coast is also the traditional territory of four First Nations, the Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xai’xais, Nuxalk and Wuikinuxv. Calvert Island lies at a natural point of convergence of travel and trade routes on the Central Coast, and has therefore been a gathering place for millennia. As stewards of this significant location, we want to sustain its role as a meeting place, particularly to encourage the principles we believe in—cooperation, collaboration, education, leadership, ecosystem based management, and sustainable development.

Our hosting of the annual gathering of the Coastal Guardian Watchmen and follow-up training courses exemplifies that commitment.

Education at all levels is always a priority for us. The communities on the Central Coast are dispersed over a wide landscape. Community schools are small and lack resources. Teachers, challenged to teach a wide range of material in which they are not specifically trained, lack opportunities for collaboration, mentoring and professional development. This is particularly the case for science education.

We have attempted to help address this problem via a two-pronged approach:

  • Spring workshops for science teachers from across the Central Coast where they can learn from experts and each other.
  • Summer visits by teachers and their classes, in many cases accompanied by cultural experts who can enrich the educational experience with traditional ecological knowledge.

Travel to these events is difficult and costly. Your donation to help defray travel costs can assure us that this work is valued, and allow us to sustain and perhaps expand our community programs.