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This BLOG is intended to help conservation organizations and land trusts pursue excellence in all aspects of their conservation endeavors. I welcome your comments and feedback to these posts.

  19 July 2022   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   It’s a common lament. All-volunteer organizations looking to hire their first staff position. Much larger organizations feeling everything would balance out if they just had that administrative position, or another land steward, or a Fundraising Manager, or …   Well...

  5 July 2022   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   Many nonprofit conservation organizations have their long-term stewardship funds invested through a local community foundation. And why not? Community foundations are usually conservative in their investments, but they are very good at it – often getting better returns...

  28 June 2022   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   It’s a conundrum as old as the oldest land trust out there. How do you raise money for projects that haven’t happened yet? And when they do happen, how do you raise money fast enough to close without...

  31 May 2022   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   If you were starting a new restaurant in town, its long-term viability would depend on getting people to try it right away – within the first couple of months. That means they would need to hear about it...

  24 May 2022   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   Last week, I promised you a blog about strategies for recruiting new donors. I’m still going to post that, but I’m putting it off a week. Because the stock market is down 20%. And I’m sensing a level of concern...

  17 May 2022   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   A few weeks ago, someone asked for a post about recruiting new members. This post (and next week’s) is for them and for anyone else looking for the same information.   For the purposes of this post, I am defining...