Unique Way to Contribute to the Disney Conservation Fund

by on May 19, 2017 2 Comments

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With the opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar rapidly approaching, Disney has announced a creative way for Guests to help contribute to the Disney Conservation Fund, which supports conservation efforts here on Earth.

With the new mobile adventure called Connect to Protect, when Guests enter the land, by utilizing the My Disney Experience app, Guests are invited to participate in conservation missions to help protect the habits of at-risk animals. During the missions, you will be able to interact with a digital scientist all while exploring the land. Guests will instant message with one of the moon’s ecological specialists, Fitsimti “Fits” Buckley. Fits will share information about conservation along the way that applies to both Earth and Pandora.

Once Guests complete at least one mission, they will be able to unlock a $10 contribution from Disney Parks. If you just discuss conservation, you’ll be able to contribute $5 through the Disney Conservation Fund. Guests will have the option to choose where their money gets donated. They can choose from one of 10 threatened animal categories – butterflies, apes, coral reefs, cranes, elephants, monkeys, rhinos, rays and sharks, sea turtles, or tigers.

Pretty cool way to help raise funds for endangered animals, right? I know I’m going to make sure to complete a mission when I’m visiting Pandora on opening day!

 

Posted on May 19, 2017

2 Responses to “Unique Way to Contribute to the Disney Conservation Fund”

  • We have thrown a few dollars to the Fund in the past while in the parks, but I always thought it was odd that donations are not tax deductible because the Fund is not a 501(c)(3) charity, like other not-profit groups. Does anyone know why it isn’t?

    • “The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) is supported by guest contributions at various merchandise locations throughout Disney Parks and Resorts, as well as aboard Disney Cruise Line. One hundred percent of your donation will be matched by The Walt Disney Company and directed to nonprofit organizations through the conservation
      awards process….
      The DWCF is not a charitable organization, and donations are not deductible as charitable contributions for US tax purposes. ”

      Here is the full statement, including locations for your “collectible
      Conservation Hero button” when you have made a contribution:

      http://cdn.media.thewaltdisneycompany.com/cdnmedia/corporatecitizenship/DWCF_Factsheet_Contribution_Locations.pdf

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