Ways to Donate

Ipswich Brownies hold sign saying "Thank You!"

Thank you from Ipswich Brownies and Ipswich River Staff! Together, we keep the river clean and healthy.

Contributions are critical to safeguarding the river, together. Your gift to the river makes a huge difference.

Please consider supporting any (all?) aspect of our work: Annual Appeal, Advocacy/River Defense Fund, Dam Safety and Removal, Kayak Fund (buy more kayaks for Riverbend), Freeing our Rivers and Streams (River Restoration), Connecting Kids with the River, Where Needed Most or Innovation (things we’d love to try if we had the money). Thank you.

Wayne and Judy at Log Bridge Landing, Middleton.

Wayne and Judy enjoy the river together. Give what you can. Support what you love. Donate to the annual appeal.

Annual Appeal

Kim paddles where watershed once went dry every year.

Together, we will create more success stories such as the one shown here in Reading where Kim Honetschlager paddles a section of the watershed that once went dry every year, as shown in the Got water? image. We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make a lasting difference for the river. Please donate today.

When the leaves turn, the air grows crisp and the holidays approach, many people make tax-deductible gifts to what they hold dear. The Fall Annual Appeal is our biggest and single most important fund-drive of the year. Give what you can, support what you love and keep the Ipswich River clean and healthy. Please include the Ipswich River in your year-end giving by giving online now or mailing your check to PO Box 576, Ipswich MA 01938. Thank you.

Gifts of Land Your generous gift of land will create an enduring legacy to be shared with our children, our children’s children and generations to come. To discuss, please contact Wayne Castonguay, Executive Director, at 978-412-8200 or wcastonguay@ipswichriver.org.

In Kind Donations We have a long Wish List of items including kayaks, paddles, life jackets, easels, folding tables and more. Contact Trish Aldrich, Development Director, at 978-412-8200 or taldrich@ipswichriver.org.



  Our Ipswich River Paddling Guide & Map is yours for $5 at our headquarters in Ipswich, 143 County Road, at local retailers or online ($10 minimum). Join now and get a free map. The back of the map features 6 trip itineraries with all the information you need for a successful paddling experience.


Memorial and Tribute Gifts  Celebrate the special ones and events in your life. We are honored to carry on our work in their name. Many of us have enough stuff, and appreciate gifts that make the world a better place. Consider making a gift to recognize the river lover in your life or milestones such as adoptions, anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas, deaths, Father’s Day, graduations, summer solstice or River Month (June).

Chloe, a white standard poodle, stands in the river where she had lots of fun with her human companions.Chloe’s favorite place in the world was Ipswich River Park in North Reading where she spent countless happy hours with her humans walking, riding in the canoe and swimming. Her humans made a gift in her memory. We are honored to receive gifts in memory of all river lovers – furry, feathered, finned, shelled or otherwise.


Kerry_andrea_water With dogged persistence, Executive Director Kerry Mackin worked to keep the Ipswich River out of danger for decades. Kerry retired from her job in 2012, but not from loving rivers. Celebrate her inspiring leadership and help build the next generation of river leaders by making a gift in her honor. To date, we’ve raised over $40,000 toward our $60,000 goal to create a Leave a Legacy Fund with income to support an annual Kerry Mackin Intern and more.

Make a gift in memory of Dr. Petranek, who passed on January 21, 2012 at his Brooksby Village home. In 1965 Dr. Bob built Riverbend, the house we now call home. He wanted to ensure the property he loved would be permanently preserved by an organization that would love and care for it as he had. He vetted us for a few years before making the most transformational gift in our 40 year history by donating his property as our headquarters. We are forever grateful. In accordance with his wishes, donations may be made in his memory online or by mail.

Other Ways to Give If you are interested in offering a matching gift, remembering the Ipswich River in your will or making a gift of securities, please contact Trish Aldrich, Development Director, at 978-412-8200 or taldrich@ipswichriver.org.

The AmazonSmile Foundation will make a donation to Ipswich River.

Shop and Donate Each time you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to us. Bookmark the link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/04-2615125 and support the river every time you shop. Select Ipswich River Watershed Association as the organization to support your first time, and then you’re good to go. Thanks for your help!

Ipswich River Watershed Association is a 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law and may be mailed to P.O. Box 576, Ipswich, MA 01938. Thank you.