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COLUMBIA LAND CONSERVANCY INC

Caring for land together

aka CLC   |   Chatham, NY   |  columbialand.org

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Mission

The Columbia Land Conservancy brings people together to conserve, appreciate, and enjoy land.

Ruling year info

1987

President

Troy Weldy

Main address

49 Main Street

Chatham, NY 12037 USA

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EIN

22-2757332

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Farmland Preservation (K25)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CLC works to to inspire our community to more deeply connect with, care about, and protect the natural world.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Conserve

Strategic, purposeful, and judicious easements and acquisitions with attention to access, equity, and inclusion. CLC has conserved nearly 40,000 acres of land since our founding in 1986.

Population(s) Served
Adults

CLC manages and and promotes Public Conservation Areas for demonstration, connection, education,
and engagement. CLC owns and manages ten Public Conservation Areas with over 30 miles of trails.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

CLC promotes a conservation ethic and practices to benefit our watersheds, improve our foodshed,
increase climate resilience, and address environmental inequity.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of acres of land protected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Connect

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total acres of farmland protected.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Farmers

Related Program

Conserve

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 identified four primary goals in our last Strategic Plan.

1) The land that is of the greatest ecological, agricultural, or scenic significance in Columbia County is preserved.
2) As much farmland in Columbia County as possible remains available for agriculture.
3) Land use planning and practices in the County promote and protect the rural character, respecting historic traditions and natural resources.
4) The people of Columbia County have a strong conservation ethic.

For Goal 1:
* Refine Strategic Conservation Plan.
* Acquire conservation interests in land.
* Facilitate protection of important land by partners.

For Goal 2:
* Expand farmer access to farmland.
* Expand CLC farmland protection activities.
* Increase outreach and advocacy for farming and farm protection.

For Goal 3:
* Provide training and resources to elected officials, municipal boards, committees, and residents.
* Provide technical assistance to communities and trail planners.

For Goal 4:
* Educate the public about the importance of conservation and land stewardship.
* Provide opportunities for the public to connect with the land and CLC.
* Manage public lands to balance public access and habitat protection.
* Cultivate and strengthen relationships with easement landowners through an excellent stewardship program.

We have 17 full-time staff whose work is aligned with an organizational workplan, rooted in our Strategic Plan. We are governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees.

While we have achieved a great deal of progress towards our mission, more remains to be done. As part of a recent conservation planning process, we have identified a host of ways to better integrate our work across departments and identified new strategies for achieving our mission, such as: increasing outreach to landowners, better interpreting our Public Conservation Areas, and increasing our efforts to cultivate the next generation of conservationists through long-term engagement with schools and community groups.

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 and remedy poor client service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, 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 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 act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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COLUMBIA LAND CONSERVANCY INC

Board of directors
as of 09/30/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sara Cashen

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? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/12/2023

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/06/2023

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 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 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.