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VINEYARD CONSERVATION SOCIETY INC

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Vineyard Haven, MA   |  www.vineyardconservation.org

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Mission

The Vineyard Conservation Society is a non-profit
membership organization dedicated to preserving the environment, character, and
quality of life of Martha’s Vineyard through advocacy, education, and the
protection of the Island’s land and waters.

Ruling year info

1968

Executive Director

Samantha Look

Main address

PO Box 2189 57 David Ave

Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 USA

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EIN

04-2439882

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Our programs

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Land and Agriculture

VCS provides direction and facilitation to property owners on conserving land. We advocate in the regulatory review process on behalf of saving open space, farmland, habitat, and natural resources like clean water.
Local farms define rural character, maintain a link with the past, and promise a more sustainable future. VCS has worked for decades to conserve our prime farm soils and rejuvenate local farming using Agricultural Preservation Restrictions (APRs) and other tools. Building partnerships with towns and colleagues has been a formula for success at places like the new Ag Hall, Nip 'n' Tuck, Morning Glory, Native Earth and Katama Farms.

Population(s) Served

VCS is continuing a multi-year public awareness campaign to advocate for clean water and a coordinated wastewater management plan to reverse the decline in health of the Vineyard’s Great Ponds.
Part of keeping our waters clean involves persuading Island residents and businesses to avoid chemical lawn fertilizers and encourage use of native grasses and plantings.

Population(s) Served

Part of VCS’s broad definition of conservation involves promoting Island-wide coordination of solid waste disposal and enhanced recycling capabilities in all Island towns.

Population(s) Served

Some of the greatest impacts of global climate change will be felt at the coasts. VCS is promoting community awareness about the local environmental impacts we can expect and plan for.

Population(s) Served

The VCS Winter Walks Program offers monthly guided walks during the winter months on private lands, many conserved under VCS auspices. All walks are free and open to the public.

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Financials

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VINEYARD CONSERVATION SOCIETY INC

Board of directors
as of 09/18/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jennifer Blum

Jeffrey Agnoli

Jesse Ausubel

Oliver Becker

Jennifer Blum

Jonathan Cobb

Shelley Edmundson

Susan Feller

Lisa Foster

Jack Fruchtman

Abigail Higgins

Ewell Hopkins

Sarah Glazer

Alexis Moreis

Carolyn O'Brien

Bart Partington

Farley Pedler

Marc Rosenbaum

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/18/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Disability status
Person without a disability

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