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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.

  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...

  30 June 2020   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   Vitaliy Katsenelson is a philosopher-investor who writes an interesting blog on life, classical music, and the fundamentals of investing. He recently offered a metaphor for what’s going on that is based on the game of chess. (The Fischer...

  23 June 2020   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   The late Jerry Panas was quoted as having said that “No organization will rise above the strength and commitment of its Board,” though the quote may not be originally attributable to him. I keep coming back to that quote...

  16 June 2020   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   This topic comes from a Reader Question, which in turn came from a discussion thread on the Alliance’s Learning Center:   The discussion regarded using a "membership" framework in direct mail, etc. I hesitate to get rid of it because...

  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 –...

  12 May 2020   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   At a macro-scale, land trust mission statements and core strategies shouldn’t change much. Acquire land or rights to it. Manage land. Monitor easements. All in perpetuity. Acquire more land or rights to it. And so on. So, what changes...