What We Do

Development for Conservation helps conservation organizations raise more money from individual members and donors. We do this by assessing current fundraising systems – recruitment, renewal, and major gift development – and recommending proven strategies for improvement, always focusing on the donor experience.

For all conservation organizations, and especially land trusts, sustainability is critical. In this context, all funding from government, foundations, and business is temporary. Long-term, sustainable support will always come from the community – from individual members and donors.


Development for Conservation recommends cost-effective and proven strategies to help organizations maximize their fundraising, improve communication with members, and focus staff and Board attention on activities that have the greatest potential.


A Development Audit is a comprehensive analysis of everything an organization does to raise money from individuals, foundations, and the business community. The audit considers systems, involvement, and results. The report includes both long-term and short-term recommendations. Benefits include: baseline documentation of current activities, small efficiencies, and in some cases redirection of effort to boost results.


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Long-Range Fundraising Planning can be seen as a Strategic Plan for Development. The net fundraising goal is the mission. The plan looks carefully at sources of funds and at the activities designed to attract and solicit those funds. And it looks at who is and should be involved in the process.


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All non-profit organizations can benefit from periodic fundraising training. New organizations and Board/staff new to their positions can use the help right away, while even experienced fundraisers can benefit from refresher courses. Development for Conservation provides training at all levels. Programs are tailored in length and in content to the needs of each individual organization.


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Building new fundraising systems, implementing new practices, and/or preparing for major fundraising campaigns can move staff and board leadership into unfamiliar territory. It helps to have a guide. To meet this need for current and former clients, Development for Conservation provides regular structured telephone coaching related to fundraising activities.


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