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Frequently Asked Questions

  • I have a business and can donate my services. Are my donations tax deductible?

    Gifts to WiLDCOAST/COSTASALVAJE are tax-deductible under section 170(c) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, in accordance with IRS regulations. The non-profit will provide written acknowledgment for all charitable donations.

  • Can I make my gift anonymous?
    Yes, WiLDCOAST/COSTASALVAJE respects all requests for anonymity. Please indicate your desire to remain anonymous in written correspondence accompanying your gift.
  • Can I sponsor a membership for someone else?

    Yes, you can purchase a gift membership for someone else. You pay for the membership (at any level) and the other person receives the benefits. Please go to our gift membership page. Acknowledgements will be sent to the donor and the person named who inspired the gift. You can also give a donation to WiLDCOAST/COSTASALVAJE in honor of friends and family for different occasions. Please see our gift donation page.

  • What is the mailing address for WiLDCOAST/COSTASALVAJE?

    United States Office

    WiLDCOAST

    925 Seacoast Dr.

    Imperial Beach, CA 91932, USA

    Tel: 619.423.8665 ext. 201

    Fax: 619.423.8488

    www.wildcoast.net

     

    Mexico Office

    COSTASALVAjE, A.C.

    Las Dunas #160 – 203

    Fracc. Playa Ensenada

    Ensenada, B.C. 22800

    México

    Tel:  +52 (646)152-1518

    Fax: +52 (646)152-1602

    www.costasalvaje.com

  • Is my gift tax-deductible?


    Gifts to WiLDCOAST/COSTASALVAJE are tax-deductible under section 170(c) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, in accordance with IRS regulations. The non-profit will provide written acknowledgment for all charitable donations.

  • I want to donate in memory of a loved one or in honor of someone. How can I do that?

    Donors may wish to donate in memory of a loved one who passed away. Please go to our general donation page, and enter the memorial or tribute information in the message field. On memorial donations, if there is a memorial fund set up, we notify the family of the person who passed away.

    To set up a memorial fund, all we need to know is who WiLDCOAST/COSTASALVAJE should notify of the donation that was made. 
If you want to make a donation in honor or celebration of someone, you can use our gift donation page.

  • 
I want to specify what my donation goes toward. What are my options for doing so?

    Donors may designate their gifts to a specific region, or campaign. Otherwise, all donations will go towards general support of WiLDCOAST/COSTASALVAJE.

  • Can I make my gift anonymously?

    Yes, WiLDCOAST/COSTASALVAJE respects all requests for anonymity. Please indicate your desire to remain anonymous in written correspondence accompanying your gift.

  • Can I sponsor a membership for someone else?

    Yes, you can purchase a gift membership for someone else. You pay for the membership (at any level) and the other person receives the benefits. Please go to our gift membership page. Acknowledgements will be sent to the donor and the person named who inspired the gift. You can also give a donation to WiLDCOAST/COSTASALVAJE in honor of friends and family for different occasions. Please see our gift donation page.

  • How can I include WiLDCOAST/COSTASALVAJE in my will or living trust? 

    You can make a gift (bequest) to WiLDCOAST/COSTASALVAJE through your will or living trust by designating a percentage of your total estate, the residue or a portion of the residue, or a specific dollar amount. 
  • Can I give a gift of stock?

    You can certainly Give appreciated stock to WiLDCOAST/COSTASALVAJE and receive tax benefits.

  • Who started WiLDCOAST, and when?

    WiLDCOAST was founded in 2000 in order to protect some of the most ecologically important coastal wildlands, islands and marine areas that remain in California and Baja California. They are home to a variety of endangered marine animals, such as the Eastern Pacific green and loggerhead sea turtles and the last undeveloped gray whale calving site on earth.

    WiLDCOAST conservation activities have historically focused on four sites: Bahía de los Angeles, Laguna San Ignacio, Bahía Concepción and the U.S.-Mexico Border coast. Each of these sites contains globally significant coastal and marine ecosystems (e.g. salt marsh wetlands, seagrass beds, coastal dunes, reefs, and mangroves), as well as internationally migrating and threatened marine species (e.g. five species of sea turtles, whale sharks, sea birds and marine mammals).

    Since its inception, WiLDCOAST has successfully protected more than one million acres of coastal wildlands and halted the development plans of illegal mega-resorts throughout the Baja California Peninsula and the Sea of Cortez. Through its innovative conservation campaigns, Wildcoast has brought critical attention to pressing environmental issues in the Californias.

  • Who is the Executive Director?

    The founder and Executive Director of WiLDCOAST/COSTASALVAJE is Ph.D. Serge Dedina.

  • Where are WiLDCOAST’s field offices?

    WiLDCOAST/COSTASALVAJE is a binational organization. Our field offices are located in Imperial Beach, CA and in Ensenada, Mexico.

  • How many staff members does WiLDCOAST/COSTASALVAJE have?

    WiLDCOAST/COSTASALVAJE has a growing team of staff, consultants and interns. There are twelve WiLDCOAST staff members at the Imperial Beach, CA office, and eight staff members at COSTASALVAJE in Ensenada, B.C office.

  • How often are WiLDCOAST’s conservation messages reported in the media?

    WiLDCOAST has had a permanent presence in VoiceofSanDiego.org, The Surfer’s Path, Surfermag.com, Surfline, Drift Surf Magazine, and GlobalSurfNews,com. We thank these media outlets and conservation partners for their continued support.

    WiLDCOAST in the Media

    Surfer Magazine’s 2010 BIG ISSUE featured WiLDCOAST Project Coordinator as the number one job for a Surfer who wants to “Save the Planet” in their vote for 25 Dream Jobs for Surfers.

     

    2010 World Cup in South Africa

    WiLDCOAST/COSTASALVAJE’s Spokesman and defender of the ocean, El Hijo del Santo spread our message internationally through interviews with TV Azteca, Telemundo, and Despierta America (The Good Morning America of Latin America) and ESPN.

    "Santo" advocated for healthy oceans, and conserving Mexico's prime coral reef in the Sea of Cortes' Cabo Pulmo, Mexico's best diving paradise, with Telemundo, Univision, Televisa, TV Azteca and Caracol from Latin America, Tele5 and Cadena 4 from Spain.

    -Ben McCue, was interviewed by CBS 8 on water quality testing in Imperial Beach California.