Ways to Learn

Articles

How to Communicate in a Crisis

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Spring 2015
Author: 
Jack Savage

For any land trust, large or small, credibility is the ultimate coin of the realm. After all, “trust” is in our names and inherent in our mission. All nonprofits rely on supporters believing that the staff and board of the organization are trustworthy.

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Advice for Transitioning to a Governing Board

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Spring 2014
Author: 
Edith Pepper Goltra

What does it mean when a land trust board evolves past a common notion of a “working board” to take on a larger focus on governance? This is a critical transition, but not without its challenges.

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Train Your Board Members; Reap the Benefits

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Winter 2015
Author: 
Rose Jenkins

Lori Ensinger served on the board of the Westchester Land Trust in New York for nine years, but it wasn’t until she joined the staff as president that she realized how much she didn’t know about the land trust’s work.

Articles

Thinking Strategically about Staff

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Winter 2012
Author: 
Karen Bassler

In accepting our responsibilities for protecting land in perpetuity, land trusts are rightly focused on ensuring we have financial capacity to defend easements and recordkeeping systems that will serve to inform future generations.

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Steps for a Successful Capital Campaign

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Spring 2012
Author: 
Story Clark

Is your land trust considering a capital campaign? Then it’s time to read Story Clark’s advice on capital campaigns from A Field Guide to Conservation Finance.

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Standing Out above the Crowd

Source: 
Saving Land magazine, Fall 2013
Author: 
Kirsten Ferguson

Fatty bacon, gossiping hummingbirds, well-mannered cows and bullwhip-cracking archeologists — all are topics you wouldn’t expect to find in a membership email from a land trust. But each of these found their way into the creative and delightfully absurd emails sent out by land trust staff.