How You Can Help
A) GEAR DONATIONS
We accept donations of gear (e.g., two brand new Novacraft Prospector 16 canoes from Canoa in 2019 – thank you!).
B) MONETARY DONATIONS
As an unincorporated voluntary association (任意団体 nin-i-dantai – our charter here), HokkaidoWilds.org can accept monetary donations. They’re not taxable at our end, but they’re not tax-deductible at the donator’s end either, so keep that in mind. There are a couple of ways you can make donations.
1) To our Japan Post Bank account
Bank name: Japan Post Bank (ゆうちょ銀行)
Branch name/number: 908 (九〇八)
Account type: futsu-yokin (普通預金)
Account number: 4422102
Account code (記号): 19060
Account holder name: ﾎｯｶｲﾄﾞｳﾜｲﾙｽﾞﾄﾞｯﾄｵｰｱｰﾙｼﾞｰ (this is literally HokkaidoWilds.org in katakana)
2) To our HokkaidoWilds.org PayPal
Just access https://paypal.me/hokkaidowilds and make your donation.
What Contributors Get
Contributors to HokkaidoWilds.org are all recognised in our list of contributors, here. There are a number of contributors to HokkaidoWilds.org besides the core author team. Their input and help has made HokkaidoWilds.org what it is today. If you’re keen to contribute to HokkaidoWilds.org in a meaningful way (either with expertise, gear, time, donations etc), we’d be delighted to add you to our list of awesome contributors. We can also provide gear reviews, but please note that any reviews will usually be a couple of years in the making (see an example here) – we like to be sure of the stuff we talk about.
Currently as an association, we mainly declare costs relating to the running of the website. You can take a look at the costs we currently declare as an unincorporated voluntary association (see our charter here) in our financials here, in our annual reports: 2019 | 2019 (adjustment) | 2020 | 2021
As of yet, we don’t declare costs related to the actual documentation of routes: transport, fuel costs, food, accommodation, time, labour, equipment etc. Those are borne directly by the authors.
Current Sources of Funds
There, you’ll see that so far, all of our operating expenses (around US$1000 to $2000 per year, depending on how many camera lenses we break) are funded through ‘donations’ by me (Rob), and Haidee. Thankfully,we’re able to make these donations out of various fees paid to us by local organizations keen to hear our opinions on Hokkaido tourism products and services (i.e., “monitor tour” income), organizations keen to hear us speak about the Hokkaido outdoors (i.e., speaker fees), and through a small income from me being a steering committee member at the Hokkaido Outdoor Forum. We’re happy to donate these funds because they’re the result of opportunities stemming not only from the effort Haidee and I put into the site, but also the effort that other authors on the site put in.
We do, however, try to avoid monitor tours, unless they also allow us to gather content for HokkaidoWilds.org (e.g. this trip in Daisetsuzan last year). While the income is welcome, they do cut into precious time where we could be hiking, paddling, skiing, or cycling.