The Environmental Defence Fund is a separate Section 21 (non-profit) company associated with the Centre for Environmental Rights. Donors have the option of donating funds for the Centre to the Fund to protect donor funding from the risks of potential claims arising from legal proceedings. We are in the process registering the fund as public benefit organisation under South African tax legislation (i.e. donations to the companies will be tax-deductible). The Fund will then donate funds to the Centre and other public benefit organisations with similar objectives to the Centre as and when required.
The Fund will also shortly launch a bequest programme, which will facilitate the inclusion of bequests to the Fund in the wills and testaments of individuals who want to secure the legal protection of the environment for future generations. Watch this space.
If you are interested in donating funds to the Environmental Defence Fund, please contact Melissa Fourie on firstname.lastname@example.org or 21 447 1647.