Executive Director Jeremy Madsen discusses how the Greenbelt Alliance encourages responsible development through a mix of education and activism, and through partnerships with business, nonprofit and government leaders.Jeremy Madsen joined Greenbelt Alliance from The San Francisco Foundation, where he helped to launch the Great Communities Collaborative and supported social equity, affordable housing, and smart growth efforts around the Bay Area. He previously held positions as a community organizer and lobbyist on fair trade issues and urban quality of life issues, serving as Field Director for Washington state’s Transportation Choices Coalition and the Washington, DC-based Citizens Trade Campaign.Founded in 1958 as Citizens for Regional Recreation and Parks (CRRP), the Greenbelt Alliance works in partnership with local municipalities, communities and businesses, and has secured protection of more than 1.1 million acres of open space, establish urban growth boundaries around 26 cities and five counties, and endorsed the creation of 60,000 homes within existing urban areas.
During past recessions nonprofits have had to adjust their approaches to raising money and this recession posses some of the greatest challenges that nonprofits have faced. Donna discusses the importance of local constituencies, and of remaining close to donors through these times.Event: California Council of Land Trusts 2009 Conference
Coming off of some exceptional accomplishments, land trusts are challenged by the recession to continue their work of protecting and preserving lands. Darla summarizes the accomplishments of the CCLT family and suggests some strategies for strengthening land trust and conservation organizations.Event: California Council of Land Trusts 2009 Conference