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All-Volunteer Land Trust Learning

Navigating one’s role on a nonprofit board can be challenging. Unlike most other volunteer work, members of the board are directly responsible for the organization, from its mission to its finances and its ultimate programmatic success.

Rally's collection of sessions focused on topics relevant to All-volunteer Land Trusts, can help you strengthen your skills and offer a place to discuss your challenges and opportunities with fellow conservation leaders.

Seminars | Workshops | Featured Sessions

Special Featured Session for All-Volunteer Land Trusts

Addressing Challenges and Solutions for Doing It All Without Staff
FS01: Saturday, September 20
1:30-5:00pm 
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Seminars of Interest

Held on Thursday, September 18, the daylong and half-day seminars offer high-quality intensive trainings that delve further into important issues in land conservation. (Seminars are limited to 55 people unless otherwise noted.)

Pricing: The first seminar price indicates rate for staff/board of Alliance member land trusts, and the second seminar price indicates rates for partners and others. Read about the seminar faculty »

Day-Long Seminar

SEM-1 | From “Nice to Have” to “Essential”
Rich Cochran, Kendrick Chittock, Jim Rokakis
9:00am-5:00pm | Basic | $175/$205

Half-Day Seminars

SEM-4 | How to Build your Organization’s Dashboards
Christine Lent
8:00am-12:00pm | Intermediate/Advanced | $100/$115

SEM-6: Savvy Risk Taking for Land Trusts
Leslie Ratley-Beach, Paul Doscher
8:00am-12:00pm | Basic/Intermediate | $100/$115

SEM-7 | Boot Camp: First-Time Accreditation
Melissa Kalvestrand
8:00am-12:00pm | All | $40/$40

SEM-8 | Qualified Appraisals of Conservation Easements
Melinda Beck, Kevin Shea, Mark Weston
8:00am-12:00pm | Intermediate/Advanced | $100/$115

SEM-9 | Board Member Summit: Increasing Your Land Trust’s Impact through Collaboration
Melissa Levy, Judy Anderson
8:00am-1:00pm | All | $65 | Includes lunch.

SEM-12 | Shades of Grey: Risk Assessment and Problem Solving for Easement Modifications
Bill Silberstein, Ben Gajewski, Jessica Jay, Rob Levin, Konrad Liegel
1:00pm-5:00pm | Advanced | $100/$115

SEM-14 | Marketing: Increase and Diversify Membership, Participation and Support
Shelli Bischoff, Karen Buck
1:00pm-5:00pm | Intermediate/Advanced | $100/$115

SEM-17 | Preparing for Renewal of Accreditation
Jennifer Brady-Connor

1:00pm-5:00pm | All | $40/$40

Workshops of Interest

Session A: Friday, September 19, 10:30am-12:00pm

A04 | Community Conservation: Tools for Reaching, Engaging & Working with Diverse Communities

A05 | Telling Your Land Trust's Story

A08 | After All These Years, What Is a Qualified Appraisal?

A09 | Real Estate Fundamentals: A Primer for New Land Trust Staff

A12 | Storytelling to Influence Public Policy

A14 | Engaging the Next Generation of Conservation Supporters

Session B: Friday, September 19, 1:30-3:00pm

B01 | Voices of Experience: Hear About First-Time Accreditation from Accredited Land Trusts

B02 | Education and Volunteerism: High-Impact Youth Programs to Support Community and Restoration

B04 | Creating Livable Cities by Thinking Outside the Land Conservation Box

B14 | The Surprising Secrets of Direct Mail Success

B20 | Land Use Policy Engagement: Lessons from the Southern Sierra Partnership's Experience

Session C: Friday, September 19, 3:30-5:00pm

C01 | Exploring the Requirements Manual (for First-Time Applicants)

C10 | Are Baseline Documentation Reports Meant to Be Permanent?

C12 | Planned Giving from the Ground Up

C13 | Positioning: Beyond Strategic Planning

C19 | Building on Permanent Land Conservation: A Broad View of Forestland

Session D: Saturday, September 20, 8:30-10:00am

D03 | Connecting Land Conservation with Cultural Pluralism:  A Case Study in Full-Spectrum Community Engagement

D09 | Surprise! You're in the Will

D10 | Federal Policy Issues and Regional Engagement: Setting the Alliance's 2015 Policy Priorities

D11 | Train Your Board (and Everyone Else) to Raise Money

D12 | Building your Audience:  Know, Reach, Engage, Sustain

D13 | Mergers: Deciding If, When and How

D14 | Electronic Documentation Storage: A Volunteer Land Trusts Journey

D17 | High-Tech, Low-Tech and No-Tech Ideas for Engaging Visitors on Your Preserves

D18 | Land Trusts Engaging with Communities to Slow the Pace of Climate Change: Why It Matters, Tips and Strategies

Session E: Saturday, September 20, 10:30am-12:00pm

E08 | Conservation Easement Drafting: FAQs

E11 | Outside Game, Inside Game: Building Power for Your Organization

E12 | $4 Million in 6 Weeks

E13 | Succession Planning: Leading By Giving Away Your Power

E14 | Xs, Ys, Boomers, Traditionalists: Engaging and Working with Four Generations of Land Trust Volunteers

E17 | Volunteer Stewardship of Fee-Owned Conservation Lands: 20 Years of the Forest Society’s Land Steward Program

E19 | How to Get Where You Want to Go - Developing Strategic Priorities for Conservation Acquisition

Other Featured Sessions of Interest

Saturday, September 20, 1:30-5:00pm
FS02 | You Did a Strategic Plan: Now What?

FS03 | How to Create Programs that Change Lives, Increase Connection to the Land and Increase Fundraising Impact

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