NYA@20 Legacy Fund

Northern Youth Abroad is celebrating 20 years of programming and throughout 2017 we will honouring this accomplishment – and most of all our Participants, Alumni and all of those who have contributed. As part of these celebrations, we are launching a legacy fund and are working to find (at least) 1000 people who are willing to donate (at least) $20 to this new fund. The fund will support activities and initiatives that invest in the ability of our Participants and Alumni to achieve their goals. This will include the NYA bursary fund, our discretionary fund that allows us to provide help when and where it is most needed, and ensuring that every Participant (current and past) have access to the tools and resources that will support their success.

Donate to the NYA@20 Legacy Fund

Please join us in this new initiative as we celebrate our Participants and Alumni great success, and prepare for another 20 years! Any donations of more than $150 will receive a fun pack of NYA goodies, including 20th year anniversary t-shirt. 

Online Donation

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There are several ways to donate to Northern Youth Abroad so you can support the organization, as well as the participants and communities we serve, in the way that works best for you.

Making a Donation

Making a donation to NYA is a great way to ensure we are able to meet the needs of the people we serve. As the only education and travel program dedicated exclusively to addressing issues that face youth in the north, NYA faces substantially higher costs than other travel programs. The cost of travel in the north is much higher than in the rest of Canada and makes up a large portion of NYA’s expenses as each participant must travel from their remote home community to participate in NYA. A donation can help ensure NYA is able to accommodate as many youth as possible and ensure the greatest impact for participants. There are a number of different online donation options available so you can support NYA in the way you feel is best.

Each of the donation options are outlined below. Donations can be made generally to support the organization as a whole, or dedicated to a specific fund or Participant. Simply select the appropriate fund on the donation page and leave a message with instructions for how the donation is to be allocated in the “Message/Instructions” field.

As a registered Canadian charity (#86530 5791 RR0001) an official receipt is issued for each donation to Northern Youth Abroad and qualifies for a charitable tax credit or deduction.

Click here to donate to Northern Youth Abroad.

Donation Types

General Donation

Making a general donation to NYA is a great way to support the organization as a whole. There are many costs involved with operating a charity, from direct program costs to other administrative expenses that are necessary to be able to offer the quality programming we pride ourselves on. By making a general donation, you are supporting NYA by allowing us to allocate your donation where it will have the most impact and benefit to the organization.

Alumni Bursary Fund Donation

NYA’s Alumni Bursary is a $500 bursary available for program Alumni who are attending an accredited post-secondary institution. Donations can be made specifically to this fund in order to directly contribute to alleviating the financial burden of pursuing higher education for an NYA Alumni.

Learn more about NYA’s Alumni Bursary Awards

Participant Specific Donation

While Northern Youth Abroad covers all costs for the youth, Participants are required to fund raise before travelling in order to demonstrate commitment to the program,  encourage responsibility and off-set a fraction of the costs of participating in NYA. Donations to Participants’ individual fundraising efforts may be made online. Select the “Participant Specific Fundraising” option from the drop down menu and indicate the name of the Participant for whom your donation is designated in the “Message/Instructions” field.

Automatic Monthly Donation

Support NYA all year long with convenient Automatic Monthly Donations. If splitting up your donation into installments is more manageable, or if you want to make sure you don’t forget to keep supporting NYA, you can easily set up an automatic donation. The process is the same as one-time donations, only you choose the amount you would like to donate each month and how many months you would like to donate for.

▶ Choose which option is right for you and donate here.

Other Ways to Donate

Donate Aeroplan Miles

Did you know that you can now donate your Aeroplan Miles to NYA? One of the great things about the NYA program is that participants do not need to pay for their travel costs, but travel costs represent one of our most significant expenses. Through the Aeroplan program you can now donate accumulated miles to NYA!

All donated miles will be used to help selected participants travel to and from their summer placements and for other program related purposes.

▶ Click here to donate

Corporate Donations

If your employer is committed to giving back to the community and making a difference, suggest your organization make a corporate donation to Northern Youth Abroad. Becoming one of NYA’s Funding Partners is a great way to help enrich the lives and expand the opportunities of many northern youth while gaining exposure for your organization and building a reputation as a socially responsible and philanthropic company. To coordinate a funding partnership, please contact Rebecca Bisson at

Donate Your Time

NYA is lucky to have the support of a network of hundreds of volunteers. If donating your time rather than money is more appropriate for you, there are plenty of opportunities to do so, providing you the ability to still make a difference, but to connect with NYA in a more personal way.

Learn more and get involved