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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.

  26 December 2023   “The future belongs to citizens who are passionate, knowledgeable, and engaged.”   - Richard Louv     Mr. Louv was almost certainly thinking more broadly than just conservation, but when I read this quote the first time, I read it through a conservation lens. There are many ways...

  19 December 2023   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   There exists a perception that conservation is for old people, that land trust constituencies are getting older, and that attracting young people has to be a strategic priority. And just like all perceptions, it’s partially true. I regularly screen...

  12 December 2023   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   I hope you’re pleased with yourself. I know that sounds critical, but I’m being serious. This is the time of the year when all the work you’ve put in really pays off. Every day brings a new snowfall of...

    5 December 2023   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   I think $250 is a magic number in fundraising. It’s a small enough number that everyone can afford it. Some will argue that point, but I’m talking about $20 a month – there aren't many people in the country...

  28 November 2023   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   I read somewhere that 70% of the money raised for charity every year is raised in November, December, and January. That doesn’t necessarily mean that 70% of donors give then, but it would be easy to believe. It...

  21 November 2023   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   How long does it take for your organization to turn around a thank you message? You receive a gift one day and the meter starts ticking. How much time elapses between then and the day your “grateful” message...