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Donate: Become a Friend of the Bays


*”Donate online” will redirect you to a secure checkout site, run by the donor management firm, Bloomerang.

Be a “Friend of the Bays”!

A donation of any amount will make you an honorary “Friend of the Bays!” As part of this program, you will receive our annual Inland Bays Journal as well as email updates that will keep you informed about news, projects, volunteer opportunities, and other events around the Inland Bays.

Your donation will…

  • Support research, education, and restoration for the Bays
  • Promote protection of natural shorelines
  • Fund the work of citizen scientists to monitor fish and crab populations as indicators of Bay health
  • Protect the James Farm Ecological Preserve is an oasis of natural beauty in our community
  • Restore populations of wild oysters to clean Bay waters and provide habitat for fish and other aquatic life
  • Reduce pollution entering the Bays by restoring natural habitat
  • Ensure continued support for the Bays through a thriving Endowment Fund


Decades ago, the Bays were thought to be healthy and clear. However, years of accumulated nutrient pollution and habitat loss have changed the Bays to generally murky waters that are dominated by algae, have very few bay grasses or oysters, and cannot support healthy oxygen levels in many areas.

But things are beginning to look up! Thanks to over two decades of hard work by farmers, homeowners, businesses, boaters, elected officials, scientists, and donors like you, some indicators of environmental quality suggest the Bays are moving back in a healthy direction!


Turtle Vector


There is still much work to be done. 
It will only be possible with your help.





Additional Ways to Give

 Do More 24—Get Your Inland Bays Passport!

Do More 24 Delaware is a 24 hour day of giving designed to help nonprofits raise more money and engage new donors. Nonprofits raise funds in creative ways during the 24 hours, and those funds are leveraged to hit ‘challenges’ where the nonprofits are awarded additional funds by foundations or sponsors.

This year, help the Center preserve, protect, and restore Delaware’s Inland Bays by purchasing an Inland Bays Passport! This passport includes a variety of Bays-Based and Bays-Beneficial tasks. Learn more and get your passport here.

Monthly Giving

Consider becoming a monthly contributor with a gift of as little as $10/month or become a Patron of the Bays with an $84 monthly donation. (You reserve the right to cancel at any time.)

  • Online: To set up your monthly gift online, click “Donate Online” above and check the box that says, √ “show my support by making this a monthly donation.”

  • By mail: On your giving envelope, check the box that says “Make me a monthly donor”. Mail it back to us and we will set up your monthly donations for you.

Donations In Memory & In Honor

Donating in Memory or Honor of a friend or loved one can be a meaningful way to remember them and celebrate their life by giving life back to the Bays.

To make your donation in honor or in memory of someone, please make a note in the “Comments” box at the end of the donation form (online or my mail) specifying who you would like to recognize with your donation.

Delaware License Plates

These special Environmental Plates (Horseshoe Crab and Lighthouse Plate) provide funds to the Delaware Center for Inland Bays and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Incorporated. Place an order at the Delaware DMV website by following the button below.



Check our event calendar for upcoming Center charitable events to attend!

Planned Giving

To learn more about charitable bequests and other planned giving instruments, or to further discuss how tax-deductible gifts can benefit you, your future, and the future of the Bays, please go to inlandbays.org/plannedgiving or contact Mark Carter at (302) 226-8105 ext. 717 or mcarter@inlandbays.org.

Donor-advised Funds

Making a contribution from your donor-advised fund (DAF) is a great way to show your support for the Inland Bays. To do so or to learn more about DAFs, contact contact Mark Carter at (302) 226-8105 ext. 717 or mcarter@inlandbays.org

Amazon Wishlist

Please help our team by purchasing some supplies that will help us carry on important programs and research that benefit the Inland Bays. Check out our Amazon Wishlist HERE.

All donations to the CIB are deductible for tax purposes and are greatly appreciated.
(CIB is a non-profit 501(c)(3) environmental organization – Tax ID#: 51-0365565.)