Donate to PARLA – Help Continue the Work of Restoring and Preserving the Port Austin Reef Lighthouse

Pink Sunset at the Reef Light

Pink Sunset at the Reef Light


The Port Austin Reef Light Association is a volunteer-based, 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization.  The work of restoring and preserving the Port Austin Reef Lighthouse happens because of donations from the public.  Many of the restoration, continuing preservation and maintenance projects at the Lighthouse are made possible by federal and state grants with PARLA providing matching funds.  PARLA is an all volunteer organization and every dollar that is donated goes directly into the Port Austin Reef Light.


Having just completed an extensive “Historic Structures Report”  2010–2013, providing an architecturally structured plan to fully restore and renovate the Light house, PARLA has just been awarded its second Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program (MLAP) Grant for 2014 to assist it complete the first and most important project,  “Project 1” of the lighthouse dock.  MLAP has provided a 2 for 1 grant of up to $40,000—requiring PARLA to ‘match’ with another $20,000 to complete the first phase of that project. For every dollar we can raise, MLAP will give us $2– up to $40,000!


Your donation is fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and you will receive a receipt for your donation.  Your privacy is important to us and we do not sell or share any information.

Ways to Donate


Donate by check or credit card.

Thank you for supporting us and helping us preserve the Port Austin Reef Lighthouse.  To make a gift via check, please download our printable Donation Form (PDF).  To make a secure credit card or PayPal donation online, please click on the link below.


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Gifts in honor of a person

Its always hard when someone you love passes away.  A memorial gift to the Port Austin Reef Light can be a meaningful way to honor the memory of that special person.  Memorial gifts can be of any amount and will be listed in our Annual Donor Report.  Additionally, we will send an acknowledgement of your gift to a family member, if requested.  Download our printable Memorial Form (PDF).

Amazon Smile Program

Do you like to shop?  AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support PARLA every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. To learn more, simply click on the following link:

In Lieu of Gifts

Are you shopping for the person who has everything? Consider giving a “gift” of a donation to PARLA in their honor.

Perhaps YOU are that person who has all they need. Why not suggest that people donate to PARLA in lieu of buying you yet another tie, candle, or tub of bath salts? Simply include information in your invitations letting people know that you would like them to donate to PARLA in lieu of gifts. You’ll be making their shopping easier, they’ll know their money went to a good cause, and you won’t have to smile when you get yet another holiday fruitcake!

What if the Port Austin Reef Light Association earned a penny every time you searched the Internet? Well, now we can! is a new search engine that donates half its revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. You use it just as you would any search engine, and it’s powered by Yahoo!, so you get great results.

Just go to and be sure to enter Port Austin Reef Lighthouse Association as the charity you want to support. Just 500 of us searching four times a day will raise about $7300 in a year without anyone spending a dime! Be sure to spread the word!

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