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NJ Land Trust Network meetingNew 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 Victoria Foundation.


Know the Numbers:  Communicating Financial Information Effectively


Tuesday, August 25

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association

The Watershed Center

31 Titus Mill Road

Pennington, NJ  08534



A nonprofit's financial documents are critical to understanding the health of the organization.  The numbers in those documents influence all major decisions and impact how the nonprofit's mission is carried out.  But how do you communicate the messages in those documents to your board without making their eyes glaze over?!

Dr. Cleopatra Charles, Associate Professor at the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration, will share how to improve your ability to communicate with your organization's financial managers, board members, and other stakeholders, and to facilitate better management of financial resources within your organization.  We will explore the fundamentals of nonprofit finance and provide you with the basic tools needed to communicate financial information from your organization's budget, IRS 990 form and financial statements to your board members. We will review the core concepts and structure of these financial reports and discuss techniques for interpreting data and using the information for decision making.   


Suggested audience:
Executive directors, CFOs, Development Directors, finance staff, board members, others appropriate from your organization.


Click here to RSVP this workshop.


The workshop is organized by the Watershed Institute and the NJ Land Trust Network.




SEPTEMBER 24:    Storytelling/Writing Workshop with the Land Trust Alliance, 9-4, Dodge Foundation office, Morristown


OCTOBER Creative Placemaking with the Center for Creative Placmaking


NOVEMBER:    Chainsaw Training (Level 2:  Storm Damage/Downed Trees)


DECEMBER:  Wetlands Management with the NJ Recreation & Park Association


Other Topics to be Scheduled:

  • Historic Preservation Buyers Roundtable
  • Roundtables for ...
    • Mapping Staff & volunteers
    • Technology Staff & volunteers
    • Administration personnel
    • Development staff & volunteers


Most events offered in partnership with the Watershed Institute

of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association


Share your issues and topics!


Please contact Laura Szwak at or 908-234-1225 ext. 117 to suggest program ideas.  Also, if you would like to host a Land Trust Network meeting, please let Laura know.



Updated July 15, 2015






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