Resources for Land Trust Board Members
As a board member, your number one job is to direct your land trust. You are part of the land trust's visionary team that establishes its mission, decides its strategic direction and sets policies to help it thrive. And, as a board member, you also serve as an ambassador for the land trust in your community. You help the land trust build relationships with donors, landowners, elected officials and community leaders. Board members play a crucial role in the success of a land trust and we want to support you. The Land Trust Alliance offers an array of resources for land trust board members:
This quarterly newsletter is just for board members. Each issue features practical insights from experts on board-related topics — like strategic planning, community engagement, major donors and more.
Field Guide is a complimentary resource for all board members. Each quarter, we send an email to board members with the link to the latest edition and include it in the archive of the Board Services collection on The Learning Center. To receive an electronic copy of Field Guide or if you’d like other members of your board to receive it directly, please email us at email@example.com and include the names, titles and email addresses of all recipients.
All-Volunteer Land Trusts
It’s a tall order to run a land trust without staff! The Alliance is ramping up support for all-volunteer land trusts, with resources including conference workshops, webinars, an online forum and our free Essentials for Success course .
The Learning Center
The Learning Center is an online clearinghouse featuring courses, training opportunities, sample documents, groups to post questions and facilitate discussion, and more. Check out the board development collection and the group for board members (under “groups”). If you have questions on using this resource, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training doesn’t have to mean traveling! We offer a wide range of interactive webinars year-round, led by experts in the field. You can learn from the best, right at your own computer. Or go further and turn a webinar into a board-training session. There’s just one low fee for each connection, no matter how many people take part, and you can use the recording for 30 days.
Express Learning Kits
Express Learning Kits give you and your board everything you need to hold top-quality interactive trainings on essential land trust topics — right in your own conference room. Each comes with a webinar recording, facilitator’s guide, discussion topics or exercises and resources for learning more. There are several board-focused topics available.
Grow your knowledge. Choose from 18 Standards and Practices courses, including Land Trust Boards: Preparing for Perpetuity.
Conferences offer rich opportunities for learning, networking, and inspiration. Join us at Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference or a regional or state conference.
Policy decisions have a huge impact on your land trust’s success — so keep track of them! Our monthly Advocates e-newsletter will keep you up-to-date and give you a voice in pivotal policy decisions.
You’re already an ambassador in your community. Why not become an Ambassador to Congress? We’ll give you all the training and support you need to build strong, one-to-one relationships with your representatives and advance pro-conservation policies.