Monday, November 13, 2017

Strength in Numbers Since 1970 - Tides

By Jackie Carlson, membership and individual giving manager

Save The Bay is a member-based, non-profit organization. For nearly 50 years, we have relied on the generosity of our members to carry out our mission “to protect and improve Narragansett Bay.” Membership dues and donations go directly to work supporting important programs and services in all areas of the organization, from the Baykeeper, Coastkeeper and Riverkeeper positions as “Watchdogs of the Bay,” to educators teaching the next generation of Bay stewards, to the restoration team helping to restore and improve the coastal habitats of Narragansett Bay and its watershed. Members also keep our aquariums running, our critters alive and healthy, our boats on the water connecting community members to our Bay, and our team of dedicated staff in the business of advocating for our natural resources.

In nearly 50 years, Save The Bay has grown from the small group of members who got us started, to the thousands of loyal families, and generations of families, who keep us going. What’s more, our members come from not only the Narragansett Bay region, but from around the country and even the globe.

The Exploration Center & Aquarium is a favorite place 
for our family members to spend an afternoon. 
We couldn’t do what we do without our members. And that’s why we are happy to offer member-only benefits, from discounts on Save The Bay merchandise, to member-pricing on Seal Tours and BayCamps, to discounts with local businesses and partners who appreciate our members and their commitment to the Bay as much as we do. Thanks to one of our partners, Corvias Solutions, Save The Bay Family Members also enjoy free admission to the Exploration Center & Aquarium in Newport, where visitors can learn all about the critters found in Narragansett Bay and get an up-close experience with many of these marine animals. Since July 2016, 4,225 family members have taken advantage of this benefit at our aquarium.

You don’t have to be an individual or a family to be a member. Business Memberships are an essential piece of our membership base, because small and large company members educate their customers about the important work Save The Bay is doing and expand our membership base by reaching new audiences on our behalf. Our Business Members help us continue to make the Narragansett Bay region a great place to live and work.

As we reflect on the first nearly 50 years of Save The Bay and look to the future, we can confidently say that our members are essential to our success. From our first members, many of whom still support us today, to our new members who have just joined—we are thankful for each and every one, and we look forward to continuing to work with you to protect and improve Narragansett Bay.

Honoring Our Members
It takes a community to save a Bay, and our partners at Corvias help us to pay it forward by sponsoring Member Days at our Exploration Center & Aquarium in Newport. One of our most popular member benefits is made possible by their generous support. This year more than 25,000 people visited the Exploration Center & Aquarium, and nearly 5,000 of those were members who received free admission thanks to Corvias. “Without the members of Save The Bay, a clean and healthy Narragansett Bay wouldn’t be possible,” said Corvias founder John Picerne. “A strong membership is vital to Save The Bay’s mission, which is why we choose to sponsor admission for members to the Exploration Center & Aquarium,” he added.

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