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Learning from the Best - Right at Your Desk

A Phone Conversation with Conservation Professionals: Southeast Program Series

About the Series

Conversations with Conservation Professionals is our monthly conference call series, where seasoned experts from across the Southeast who have spent their careers in land conservation share their experiences, lessons learned and best practices with next generation leaders and newcomers to the field. The calls are open to all land trust staff, board members and volunteers.

Next Call

Woo-hoo Data!

Using Your Land Trust Data for Fun and Profit

Date: Thursday, August 28
Time: 2:00-3:00p.m. ET

Are you nerdy for numbers? Tickled about tracking? Wondering what all that data you’re collecting is for? Join us for our next Conversation with Conservation Professionals for an informative and fun look at data management for your land trust.

Too often organizations jump straight to database selection and collection without first understanding their data needs. Heather Yandow (a professed data diva) wants to show us how managing your data can help improve your membership, advocacy, volunteer and fundraising programs.

You’ll learn:

  • Why tracking and using data is important
  • What data to track and what data to leave offline
  • Who can track the data and who can use the data (staff, board and volunteers)
  • How to use your data in fundraising, planning and evaluating your work
  • How to set up your database to maximize usefulness for your entire organization
  • Where to find data to benchmark your efforts
  • We’ll even recommend a few favorite database options, focusing on the low or no cost systems

Your Presenter

Heather Yandow brings more than a decade of experience as an outreach coordinator, coalition leader, project manager and fundraiser to Third Space Studio and its clients. Heather works with nonprofit organizations to develop strategic frameworks, create fundraising plans, design and facilitate meetings and workshops and coach new development staff. She launched the first ever Individual Donor Benchmarks Report, a look at the grassroots fundraising work of nonprofits with budgets under $2M. Download the report »


Thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Southeast Program this event is a free service of the Land Trust Alliance. We encourage you to have multiple participants use the same phone line (there is a limit of 150 phone lines), but please let us know everyone planning to attend so we have an accurate participant count.


Register by email with the subject line "Conservation Professional Conference Call: August 28." Prior to the call, we’ll provide registrants with the call-in phone number. Registration deadline is August 27.


Content or registration questions?
Heidi Hannapel
Southeast Program Coordinator
(919) 827-0282 | Email

Previous Calls

Turning Lemons into Lemonade

June 12, 2014
Discussion leader: Frank Holleman, senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center and board president of Naturalands Trust in Greenville, South Carolina
Listen to the recording »

Know Your Farm; Know Your Farmer

April 24, 2014
Discussion leader: David Harper, executive director, Pee Dee Land Trust
Listen to the recording »

To Plan or Not to Plan? That Is the Question!

February 26, 2014
Discussion leader: Sara Wilson, president and principal consultant of MAYES WILSON & ASSOCIATES
Listen to the recording »

Got Citizen Science?
How Smartphones Are Allowing Volunteers to Collect Valuable Data for Conservation

January 23, 2014
Discussion leaders: Kyle Copas, Milo Pyne, Amanda Treher and Rickie White of NatureServe
Listen to the recording »

Getting Attention: How to Work with Your Local Media

December 12, 2013
Discussion leader: Ben Raines, executive director of Weeks Bay Foundation
Listen to the recording »

Land Conservation Loan Program

October 31, 2013
Discussion leaders: Reggie Hall and Ole Amundsen, The Conservation Fund
Learn more about the  Land Conservation Loan Program »

Establishing Your Basecamp

June 27, 2013
Discussion leaders: Brian Allenby of Allenby & Company and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, and Bob Wenner of the Wolf River Conservancy, Inc.
Listen to the recording »

Crispy Fritters: How to Avoid Burnout

May 30, 2013
Discussion leaders: Henrietta Jordan of Trailmarker Associates
View the handout »

Opening Doors to Opportunity: How Protected Land Can Improve People's Lives

April 25, 2013
Discussion leaders: Wendy Jackson, Freshwater Land Trust and Robyn Carlton, Lookout Mountain Conservancy
Read more in the spring 2013 Saving Land article »

Recruiting and Managing Volunteers for Land Management Projects

March 21, 2013
Discussion leaders:  Kristy Urquhart and Chris Coxen of Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
View the handout »

A Conversation with All Volunteer Land Trusts in the Southeast

February 21, 2013
Discussion leaders:  Chuck Roe, Heidi Hannapel, Donna Erickson

Conservation Easement Amendments

January 31, 2013
Discussion Leaders: Sylvia Bates and Leslie Ratley-Beach
View handout one » View handout two »

Building Relationships and Negotiating with Land Owners and Others

November 29, 2012
Discussion leaders: Rex Boner and Shannon Lee, with The Conservation Fund, Atlanta, Georgia

Superb Land Trust Board Members

October 18, 2012
Discussion leaders: Suzi Wilkins Berl and Susie Hamrick Jones

A Broader Mission for Land Trusts? A Case Study in South Carolina

September 19, 2012
Discussion leader: Brad Wyche and Erin Knight from Upstate Forever

Partnerships for Land Protection

June 28, 2012
Discussion leader: Fred Annand, Director of Protection, The Nature Conservancy

Adaptive Management and Natural Lands

May 24, 2012
Discussion leader: Sam Pearsall, Southeast Regional Manager of Land, Water and Wildlife at the Environmental Defense Fund

Doing the Deal

April 26, 2012
Discussion leader: Don Morrow, Transactions Director for the Trust for Public Land

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