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  15 September 2020   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   First of all this week, let’s all take a moment to consider the members of our land trust community who are suffering due to the fires in the west. I have received several heartbreaking emails and messages from...

  14 July 2020   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   Among the many hats I wore for a time at The Nature Conservancy was that of Volunteer Coordinator. And frankly, I wasn’t very good at it. It always seemed that it took more time to teach and supervise...

  9 June 2020   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   I can't write about fundraising this week - I - Just - Can't. Fundraising will be back next week.   I have been interested in recent days and weeks to see all the companies and nonprofits – overwhelmingly white –...

  By David Allen, Development for Conservation   One reader wrote me this week: Corona virus? Do all of us local and regional community-based groups continue on with our plans for spring appeals and renewals? Are we approaching (or already past) a point where major re-thinking is appropriate?...

“Devoted though we must be to the conservation cause, I do not believe that any of us should give it all of our time or effort or heart. Give what you can, but do not burn yourselves out -- or break your hearts. Let us...

  By David Allen, Development for Conservation   Last week I attended the Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference about an hour up into the Poconos from Scranton. (Gorgeous spot!) One of the rules I live by is to always attend a workshop on social media and fundraising if I...

By David Allen, Development for Conservation As you probably know, Alaska residents receive a check in the mail from the State of Alaska representing a distribution of oil royalties earned during the year. It’s called the Permanent Fund Dividend and has rangedfrom $300 to more than $2,000...