by Melissa DeSimone, MLSA Executive Director
There are many incredible charities out there and at this time of year they are hoping you will think of them when you make your year-end contributions. I hope you will consider Michigan Lakes and Streams Association for even a portion of your contributions. MLSA is a registered 501c3 nonprofit with gold level transparency among registered charitable organizations. We use our resources for a very special purpose; to protect Michigan’s lakes and streams.
What does that mean? We work to further the interests of riparian property owners, to help them protect the quality of their inland waters, to provide support and education for the work we are engaged in right at the water’s edge. We also advocate for the waters of our state when there are so many ways they are threatened everyday. In 1961 a group of riparians came together to help each other in the fight against threats to Michigan’s inland waters and from that discussion came Michigan Lakes and Streams Association. After all these years, we continue to honor that original mission even as the issues we face and the lives we lead would likely be unrecognizable to those original members before us.
Ways to Give
We have upgraded our donation page to allow for one time and recurring donations that are even more meaningful. You can now designate a program or project to fund and choose to make a donation in honor of someone special. You can check out those features at: mymlsa.org/donate-to-mlsa/
For donors 70.5 years or older who own a Roth or traditional IRA, the Charitable IRA rollover or Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) may offer advantages when you give. Tax law may also allow you to use your individual retirement account to support MLSA. Please contact your tax advisor for the options right for you that also help us to continue our work for Michigan’s lakes and streams.
Don’t forget that Michigan Lakes and Streams Association can be designated as a beneficiary of your retirement plan and life insurance policies too. With your generosity we can work together to protect our waters for generations to come.