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Land Trust Alliance, Inc.

Together, conserving the places you need and love

Washington, DC   |  www.landtrustalliance.org

Mission

The Land Trust Alliance is the voice of the land trust community. As the national leader in policy, standards and education, we work passionately to support land trusts across America so they can save more land and better serve their communities. The Alliance is committed to building the constituency for conservation. Our team focuses on building the communication capacity of land trusts while using the Alliance’s communication channels to build public support and political influence in favor of private land conservation. At the same time, we work to elevate and promote the work of the Alliance and its programs to our members, funders and other key stakeholders.

Ruling year info

1982

President and CEO

Mr. Andrew J. Bowman

Main address

1250 H Street, NW Suite 600

Washington, DC 20005 USA

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EIN

04-2751357

NTEE code info

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

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Our programs

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Government Relations

The Land Trust Alliance works to secure public policies on a national scale that support land trusts' efforts and their conservation goals. These include federal tax incentives for conservation and strong federal funding for land conservation. The Alliance helps land conservation organizations working in communities all across our country develop, leverage, and coordinate their communications to build broad support for land conservation among the general public and among policy makers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Alliance provides education to land trusts throughout the country via Rally, our national conference, regional conferences, seminars, online trainings and tool kits.The Alliance’s Education and Capacity-Building Programs advance land conservation and help land trusts prepare for accreditation. Through its Land Trust Excellence and Leadership Program, the Alliance delivers tailored and integrated training, financial investments and mentoring over multiple years to land trusts poised to grow their capacity and advance their conservation impact.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Land Trust Standards and Practices are guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, which is run legally, ethically and in the public interest and conducts a sound program of land transactions and stewardshiwhich believe a strong land trust community depends on the credibility and effectiveness of all its members.  Land Trust Standards and Practices was last revised in 2004.
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission(http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/) , an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, provides independent verification of the 26 indicator practices from Land Trust Standards and Practices that show a land trust's ability to operate in an ethical, legal and technically sound manner and ensure the long-term protection of land in the public interest.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our programs are designed to support the goals of increasing the pace, enhancing the quality and ensuring the permanence of conservation across the country. Our programs are developed with the input of the land trust community to respond to the priority needs of the land conservation community.
Each region faces unique challenges to protecting their natural heritage.

Fellow conservationists in your area are working to protect your community's treasured places:

Mid-Atlantic(www.landtrustalliance.org/land-trusts/field-services/mid-atlantic)

Midwest(www.landtrustalliance.org/land-trusts/field-services/midwest)

Northeast(www.landtrustalliance.org/land-trusts/field-services/new-england)

NY (www.landtrustalliance.org/land-trusts/field-services/new-york-program)

Southeast (www.landtrustalliance.org/land-trusts/field-services/southeast)

West (www.landtrustalliance.org/land-trusts/field-services/west)

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Land Trust Alliance ensures conservation permanence through two of our initiatives, Conservation Defense and Community Conservation. Conservation Defense provides networking, education and legal information to over 500 conservation attorneys and senior practitioners, and the Alliance also collaborates with other networks, services and experts in each state. The Conservation Defense Initiative provides land trusts ready access to the tools and resources necessary for conservation defense across the country through a network, clearinghouse, attorney locator, continuing legal education, risk management and assessment, and phone-support problem solving. Adequately addressing multiple expensive conservation easement challenges, third party trespass or challenges to land owned by the land trust is difficult; every organization faces risks. As part of the multi-layered approach to conservation defense, the Alliance created a private insurance limited liability company called Terrafirma Risk Retention Group LLC. Terrafirma is controlled by and in business to serve its land trust members. Community Conservation, our second initiative that addresses conservation permanence, is a way of approaching land conservation that responds to broad community needs. It involves listening to many voices, creating new partnerships and building lasting relationships. Many land trusts are already practicing Community Conservation, addressing education, public health, clean water, local food and other community needs. They are partnering with schools and community organizations to provide environmental education for children. And they are finding more ways to connect people to the land, engaging a new generation of allies who benefit from and support land conservation. The Alliance believes that Community Conservation should be part of everything we do as an organization.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Financials

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Land Trust Alliance, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/22/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Michael Polemis

Land Trust Alliance

Term: 2022 - 2025

Alan Bell

Charity & Associates, PC

Judith Stockdale

Kathy K Leavenworth

Western Reserve Land Conservancy

James Millstein

Guggenheim Partners

Michael A. Polemis

Columbia Land Conservancy

Thomas D. Saunders

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Julie R. Sharpe

Narrow River Land Trust, Inc.

Douglas S. Land

Chesapeake Group

Kristopher A. Pickler

Honeywell

Roberto Serrallés

Destilería Serrallés, Inc.

Gale D. Spears

Solano Land Trust

Blair Calvert Fitzsimons

Cheryl A. Fox

Summit Land Conservacny

Gil Jenkins

Hannon Armstrong

David Calle

Sam Cook

North Carolina State University

Ashley D. Demosthenes

Lowcountry Land Trust

Glenn Lamb

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 ? 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? 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 6/22/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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