About the Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation


The Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation is a registered environmental charity working to help protect and conserve the lands and waters of the valley of the Rideau River in Eastern Ontario.

The Conservation Foundation builds partnerships and seeks new individuals, corporations and groups wanting to get involved in the vital work of taking care of our own natural environment.

The Foundation is run by a volunteer Board of Directors drawn from many walks of life within the valley. The Board places a high value on our relationship with our donors, particularly in terms of transparency and accountability. We are proud members of Imagine Canada's Ethical Code Program, which lays out a set of standards for charitable organizations to manage and report their financial affairs responsibly.

The Conservation Foundation was founded in 1970 and revitalized in 2001 with updated direction, by-laws and strategy. The Foundation works closely with many environmental and like-minded partners and colleagues working in the Rideau Valley watershed including the Friends of Baxter Conservation Area, Friends of Foley Mountain, Friends of the Jock River, Friends of the Tay Watershed, the Ottawa Stewardship Council and the Rideau Valley Field Naturalists.

The Foundation's biggest supporter is the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority which provides office space and staff, lends expertise to many of the Foundation's environmental projects and manages all of its conservation lands.

The Foundation works hard at giving opportunities for partners and sponsors to get involved in some of the finest environmental work going on in the province. As the challenges ahead unfold, the Foundation will be working to bring new friends and new funds to help get the job done.

The Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation is a registered environmental charity. Our CRA Business Number is 11911 9501 RR0001.






The Foundation raises funds and in-kind gifts for three major areas of conservation work:

Land Care — tree planting, erosion control, landowner information, trail building and maintenance, outdoor signage, picnic tables, benches, boardwalks.

River Care — water quality monitoring, biodiversity monitoring, wetland inventories, rural clean water

Conservation Education — outdoor trails, indoor activities, teacher workbooks, onsite visits, public days



The RVCF is proudly accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program having demonstrated excellence in board governance, financial accountability and transparency, ethical fundraising, staff management and volunteer involvement.

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