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First Thing Tuesday

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.

 By David Allen, Development for Conservation Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance. - Theodore Roosevelt     I sincerely hope that this New Year’s message finds you warm and comfortable, surrounded by family and good...

By David Allen, Development for Conservation Yesterday was December 17th. I marked the day, because there are exactly 14 days left in the charitable giving year. So this post will serve as a reminder that these two weeks are NOT weeks you should be taking off. Just as...

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 ranged from $300 to more...

  By David Allen, Development for Conservation   Among the notable passings in 2018 was one Jerold (Jerry) Panas. Jerry’s was one of the most recognizable names in fundraising. Author of twenty books on fundraising, Panas was also a regular contributor to blogs and magazines about the topic....

  By David Allen, Development for Conservation   Last year at Thanksgiving, I wrote about the differences between gratitude and gratefulness. (See Gratitude and Gratefulness)   The word grateful is not necessarily focused on a source. We are grateful for stuff – health, material gifts, sunshine, rest – that is...

  By David Allen, Development for Conservation   Things would be so different if they were not as they are. - Anna Russell   Jeff Brooks posted a guest blog by Christiana Stergiou speculating on the unquantifiable – opportunity costs. An “opportunity cost” is the amount of money we leave behind...

  By David Allen, Development for Conservation   If you’re like me, you won’t be mailing your appeal letters and/or renewals after this week and until after the election. If you’re like me, you will calculate that the national mood will be seriously distracted by the election. I...