The Land Trust Alliance and Gathering Waters: Wisconsin’s Alliance for Land Trusts have a common goal: we want to help land trusts achieve excellence. To do this, we teamed up and launched the Land Trust Excellence and Advancement Program (LEAP) in Wisconsin in 2011.
LEAP delivers services and support designed to help Wisconsin’s land trusts permanently protect the state’s natural and working lands by ensuring their own sustainability, effectiveness and credibility.
Wisconsin LEAP delivers these services in a variety of ways. A limited number of land trusts that are at a critical juncture in their development or are preparing for land trust accreditation are periodically accepted into the direct services part of the program and receive a combination of organizational assessments, mentoring, and small grants. Land trusts accepted into the program receive this full suite of individualized services over a two-year time period.
The LEAP program also provides small grant opportunities and mentoring services to Wisconsin land trusts that are not yet ready for the intensive full advancement program.
In addition to member services, Wisconsin LEAP has allowed the Alliance and Gathering Waters to bring increased in-person and online training opportunities to Wisconsin, to provide access to online information through our websites, and to offer more intensive coaching on subjects ranging from board governance to land acquisitions.
Wisconsin LEAP is currently supported by generous donations from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, and many individual supporters.
Want to Be Part of the Program?
If you would like more information about this program, please contact MaryKay O’Donnell via email or call 269-352-7032.