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Effective Practices in Funding Land Conservation for Impact

Gina Schrader and Jay Espy

October 2012, English

The goal of this project is to help foundations more effectively support land conservation and assist the efforts of conservation practitioners working on the ground. In an effort to document proven successful land conservation and conservation funding activities, research involved interviewing selected leaders representing land conservation practitioners and philanthropic investors operating in the northeastern United States. Interviewees responded to a set of open-ended questions drawing from their own experiences in the land conservation arena. This report offers the research methodology, a summary of findings highlighting common themes, additional questions to consider and recommendations for next steps. Information generated from the discussions offers evidence-based information for making informed grantmaking and mission-related investment decisions regarding land conservation activities.