New Jersey Conservation Foundation is committed to helping promote discussion, networking and knowledge sharing among land trusts, grassroots groups and other nonprofits involved in land preservation and stewardship.
The New Jersey Land Trust Network meets throughout the year for presentations and discussions on various topics including policy, fundraising, mapping, membership and board development, and best practices. The Land Trust Network is a program of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, supported by the Victoria Foundation.
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Monday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. - noon
Stony Brook - Millstone Watershed Association Reserve
31 Titus Mill Rd., Pennington, NJ, 08534, in the Kingsford Room
Roundtable participants will discuss the topic of "creative fundraising," through crowdsourcing, social media, and mobile/cell phone giving. Other topics will be discussed, at the suggestion of participants.
All those working on development at non-profit conservation organizations - staff, volunteers, and board members are welcome. Learn from your colleagues and share your stories about these or any other creative fundraising methods!
Please RSVP by Oct. 24 to Melissa Ocana <mocana@
thewatershed.org>. This Roundtable is FREE and snacks will be provided.
Orientation to Board Membership - Free program
Thursday, Nov. 7, 4:30 - 8 p.m.
Hunterdon County Library, 314 Route 12, Flemington, N.J.
Serving on a nonprofit board is both an honor and a great responsibility. While it is easy to enjoy the honor, fulfilling the responsibilities and understanding the role board members play are often more complicated. In this workshop, we will look at the key roles of board members in the areas of Governance, Fundraising and Advocacy and in what ways these facets of board responsibilities impact the work of conservation nonprofits. The group will discuss what constitutes useful and appropriate board engagement in the life of a nonprofit organization. We will also provide a simple framework for assessing board member engagement as well as overall board performance, strengths, and weaknesses.
David Gray, President of Finance Arts LLC, will give the presentation and facilitate the discussion. He is a strategic planning consultant and financial adviser for nonprofit organizations. He has great experience in helping nonprofits achieve success.
Dinner will be provided.
Conservation Easement Amendments - Free program
Friday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Deep Cut Park, 152 Red Hill Road, Middletown, NJ
Learn the good, bad and the ugly about conservation easement amendments with other land trusts and a knowledgeable, experienced panel.
Sylvia Bates, Director of Standards and Research from the Land Trust Alliance, will discuss the issues and challenges of easement amendments from a nationwide perspective. She will also outline the requirements and expectations of the accreditation process.
James Wyse, an attorney with Coughlin Duffy LLP, will discuss the process of amending easements and share tips on how to avoid them.
Judeth Yeany, an attorney with the Green Acres Program, will discuss the role of the State of New Jersey in the easement amendment process.
Bring your questions and share your stories with other land trusts dealing with problem easements.
Please let Laura Szwak know if you plan to attend either program.
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Contact Laura Szwak at New Jersey Conservation Foundation for resources available to help your land trust become accredited. Also, contact Laura if your organization would like to host a Land Trust Network meeting, suggest a workshop topic, register for a program or join the mailing list for workshop notices.