St. Lucie River, Indian River Lagoon nonprofits seek Christmas donations
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When you’re tasked with protecting and restoring the waters of North America’s most biodiverse estuary, there’s just not enough hours in the day for calculating finances and crunching numbers for daily bookkeeping.
So Mike Conner, the Indian Riverkeeper, has a “12 Days of Christmas” wish for the Treasure Coast: Donations to pay for accounting services for 2022.
The bookkeeping services will help Conner and his team focus on a jam-packed checklist: Regularly patrolling the Indian River Lagoon by boat, advocating for public policy that improves its water quality and investigating complaints of pollution, algal blooms and fish kills.
“Without proper, accurate accounting and tax reporting, we cannot exist as a nonprofit or legally solicit donations,” Conner said. “In general, it’ll definitely help free up time for us.”
According to Conner, the nonprofit needs the accounting services to:
- Prepare the Internal Revenue Service’s quarterly reports
- Produce IRS annual reports
- Reconcile bank accounts.
Conner is the lagoon’s fourth “keeper” since the nonprofit was founded on the Treasure Coast in 2002. He replaced Marty Baum in 2019, who was at the helm for roughly seven years.
The mission of the Indian Riverkeeper is to protect and restore the “Indian River Lagoon, its tributaries, fisheries and habitats through advocacy, enforcement and citizen action,” according to the nonprofit.
How to help
- Who: Indian Riverkeeper
- Wish: Donations to pay for accounting and bookkeeping services in 2022
- Cost: Approximately $1,500
- How to donate: Contact Executive Director Mike Conner at 772-521-1882 or email [email protected]. You can also send a check to Indian Riverkeeper, P.O. Box 1812, Jensen Beach, FL 34957, or donate online at theindianriverkeeper.org/donate.
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About this series
Treasure Coast nonprofits that research, protect, restore and advocate for clean water, especially the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon, need more than holiday cheer to continue their mission. Find out what they need — and how you can help them — to continue their work, as TCPalm.com highlights a different organization each day from Dec. 25 to Jan. 5, the traditional 12 Days of Christmas. Read the previous stories:
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Max Chesnes is a TCPalm environment reporter focusing on issues facing the Indian River Lagoon, St. Lucie River and Lake Okeechobee. You can keep up with Max on Twitter @MaxChesnes, email him at [email protected] and give him a call at 772-978-2224.
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