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Public Lands Alliance

Connect, Strengthen, Represent

aka Public Lands Alliance   |   Washington, DC   |  https://www.publiclandsalliance.org/

Mission

We work to build and elevate effective nonprofit organizations and exceptional public-nonprofit partnerships for the benefit of public lands and their users.

Ruling year info

1981

President and CEO

Dan Puskar

Main address

1835 7th St. NW Suite 242

Washington, DC 20001 USA

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Formerly known as

Association of Partners for Public Lands

EIN

54-1123356

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (N01)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Public Lands Alliance Convention & Trade Show

Each year, nonprofits, land management agencies, and businesses come together to network, learn and share expertise for the benefit of public lands.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We offer unique training opportunities and assessments for public land nonprofits and land management agencies. Whether your organization needs help with strategic planning, a partnership assessment, or board development, the Public Lands Alliance provides subject matter experts and resources to move your organization forward.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We are the national voice for the nonprofit partners of America’s public lands.

By working with our members, we aim to strengthen policies and legislation that enhance public lands partnerships in order to protect America’s natural and cultural heritage.

We are nonpartisan in our education and advocacy and we endeavor to share the significance and value of public lands with leaders from every political stripe.

Population(s) Served
Adults

By shopping at nonprofit stores on public lands, you directly support education programs, restoration efforts and you help ensure these special places are protected. Through the Reciprocal Discount Program, you also get to save money while you shop.

If you're a member of one of these participating organizations, you receive at least a 10% discount on in-store purchases when shopping at other participating organization stores.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Partnership Awards celebrate the best in public lands partnerships, recognizing individuals, organizations, publications, products, programs and services that embody leading edge achievements in the preservation of public lands and the enrichment of visitors.

This program recognizes excellence in public lands partnerships, innovative solutions to challenges and outstanding programs and events that enhance the visitor experience on public lands.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We work for the day when America’s public lands are understood and appreciated, preserved and conserved and enjoyed by all. The most direct way to realize this vision is to ensure that public lands have strong nonprofit partners with the capacity to galvanize private support, catalyze change and take strategic risks.

Our organization's tagline encapsulates the value proposition that the Alliance creates for our members. We connect public lands partners not only to agency leaders and socially conscious corporations but also to one another in a vibrant peer network. We strengthen our community through targeted education, training and our other capacity building programs. We represent our members' interests with elected officials and policy makers.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Public Lands Alliance

Board of directors
as of 03/29/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kevin Kissling

Eastern National

Term: 2023 -

Richard Page

Katie Nyberg

Mississippi Park Connection

Caroline Ward

Wildlife Artists, Inc.

Heidi Doyle

Wildlife Artists, Inc.

Jeff Gabriel

Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association

Arvind Manocha

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

Theresa McMullan

Grand Canyon Conservancy

Christine Muldoon

CM Communication International, Inc.

Carlton Murrey

Muddy Sneaker

Mark Preiss

Jim Salsbury

Thomas O. Brown Foundation

Joann Van Aken

Rebecca Wang

ServiceNow

Carolyn Ward

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? Yes
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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 3/21/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/21/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.