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  29 March 2022   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   If there is one word in land trust language that would benefit the most from tighter definition, it’s probably the word “outreach.” We have Outreach Committees, Directors of Membership and Outreach, Outreach Strategies, Outreach Events, and so on. I’m...

  18 January 2022   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   I’m getting a number of requests for help fundraising from land trusts who need to build their stewardship endowments. Some of this is undoubtedly related to land trust accreditation, which has brought both new awareness and new urgency...

  21 December 2021   “Action on behalf of life transforms. Because the relationship between self and the world is reciprocal, it is not a question of first getting enlightened or saved and then acting. As we work to heal the earth, the earth heals us.” Robin Wall...

  31 August 2021   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   In 2019, I received an appeal letter from a client. The letter was two pages, 12 pt. type, black text on white paper, and illustrated with two attractive photographs. As a fundraising letter, it probably did well in...

  3 August 2021   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   A funny thing happened on my way to post First Thing Tuesday this week… I guess it was bound to happen eventually, but in 12 years, it hadn’t yet – until this week. I traveled all day on Sunday and...

  20 July 2021   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   Josh Spector is an entrepreneur’s entrepreneur who runs a company called Newsletters Creators. He recently published a set of practices that will help organizations get more out of their eNewsletters. The practices are taken from his course, Newsletter...

  11 May 2021   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   Last week, I wrote about the limited-term possibility that has suddenly loomed (or perhaps bloomed) in front of us. (See Pep Talk) Biden’s 30 by 30 plan People getting outside more. New levels of climate change awareness. More...

  13 April 2021   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   Dear Board Director:   Does your organization have a Conflict-of-Interest Policy? Do you – specifically you – know what it says and how to use it? Could you provide evidence that it is being used?   How about a Gift Acceptance Policy, an Investment...