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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.

  1 June 2021   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   As a broad generalization, organizations that were dependent on fundraising events did not fare as well in 2020 as organizations that were not. For some, this was related to the transactional nature of events – when the event...

  25 May 2021   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   An important concept in fundraising is that of “access” to current and potential donors. Access in fundraising implies that if you call, she will answer; that if you send an email or leave a voice message, it will...

  18 May 2021   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   I need to get something off my chest.   Major gift fundraising is the most important fundraising you can do.   OK - that feels better. Major gift fundraising is NOT dependent on the scale of the projects being funded, and it’s not...

  11 May 2021   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   Last week, I wrote about the limited-term possibility that has suddenly loomed (or perhaps bloomed) in front of us. (See Pep Talk) Biden’s 30 by 30 plan People getting outside more. New levels of climate change awareness. More...

  4 May 2021   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   Wisconsin Spring is something to behold. A week ago, on the dog walk, the sun was shining, not a cloud in the sky, and the day had struggled to crest 50 degrees. I was defiantly wearing shorts and...

  13 April 2021   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   Dear Board Director:   Does your organization have a Conflict-of-Interest Policy? Do you – specifically you – know what it says and how to use it? Could you provide evidence that it is being used?   How about a Gift Acceptance Policy, an Investment...

  30 March 2021   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   Imagine this scenario: A Board member recruits a $5,000 donation from one of their friends. The actual event took the Board member completely by surprise. (This story really happened!) The donor simply called out of the blue and announced her intention...