Principles to guide ACEE’s Acceptance of Gifts


We adhere to the following principles, which guide us when it comes to accepting funding. We believe that… 

  • we are in the midst of an urgent environmental crisis, and that environmental education is a crucially important strategy to address this crisis
  • we must be strategic and pragmatic as we seek financial support for our work 
  • every sector of society can and should support environmental education in its own way
  • a diverse set of stakeholders is required to achieve our mission
  • a diverse set of funding relationships and partnerships helps increase our reputation in the eyes of decision-makers
  • relationships created by gifts and sponsorships show shared aim and become part of each entity’s reputation with its membership and the public
  • our priorities are the Board-approved programs that help us deliver on mission
  • our funders will be those who see alignment between our programs and their funding priorities
  • we won’t ever allow funder perspective to shift our mission, our programs, or our values; rather, we simply invite funders to support our programs
  • When it comes to connecting funder-associated professionals directly to education audiences, we have a duty of care to ensure that those professionals follow relevant bias-balanced educational principles (e.g. helping students learn how to think, rather than telling them what to think)
  • the expectations and responsibilities of both ACEE and funder must be clearly articulated through written documents (project proposals, contribution agreements, etc.)
  • we have the right to decline any gift from funders that do not meet these principles


“Schools should prepare us for the future, not the past. The future of the world will be built on sustainability. If we learn what sustainable technologies are available when we are in school, we will be able to help shape the future of global sustainability when we graduate.” 

- Quinn, student at Jasper Place high school in Edmonton