Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

San Diego Habitat Conservancy

San Diego, CA   |  www.sdhabitat.org

Mission

To conserve and manage sensitive habitats and species while inspiring land stewardship through education and outreach.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Don Scoles

Main address

3065 Rosecrans Place Suite 106

San Diego, CA 92110 USA

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Formerly known as

Helix Community Conservancy

EIN

33-0906648

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

San Diego Habitat Conservancy is one of only a few nonprofit habitat managers working with developers, municipalities, and agencies throughout the region to strike a critical balance between development and the protection of our valuable habitat.

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?

Land Preservation & Stewardship

SDHC's primary focus is to actively manage open space preserves in perpetuity, maintaining quality native habitats and improving them over time. SDHC's Executive Director has 25 years of experience in the environmental planning industry and SDHC's Habitat Manager has over 14 years of experience conducting biological assessments throughout San Diego County. Additionally, the diverse background of SDHC's Board of Directors provides a large variety of skills and talents, including investment, urban planning, government relations, environmental compliance, consulting and planning, communications, and real estate.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Where we work

Accreditations

Land Trust Accreditation Commission 2016

Affiliations & memberships

Land Trust Alliance 2015

Land Trust Alliance 2014

Land Trust Alliance 2016

Land Trust Alliance 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Acres of land managed

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

Land Preservation & Stewardship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

In the coming year, SDHC expects to begin managing a number of new preserves in addition to the preserves already under management. Additionally, SDHC is making progress towards expanding our reach into Riverside County and beyond. As the workload increases and SDHC begins to create a stronger educational program, it is anticipated that SDHC will need to hire additional staff over the coming years. <br/><br/>At this time, SDHC envisions continuing and expanding a program where the Executive Director participates in “brown bag" lunches at local companies, and community groups around San Diego County in order to increase awareness of services provided by SDHC and gain volunteers in the process. SDHC also looks to build its educational program by working with teachers to provide educational opportunities that complement current curriculum and lesson plans and stimulate students' curiosity and fascination with the natural world. Possible activities include having local environmental professionals speak with students in order to expose them to the array of professions in the environmental field, leading hikes at one of our open space preserves, providing our preserve sites as outdoor classrooms, coordinating the planting of native gardens, and other opportunities that continue to be explored.<br/><br/>SDHC also looks forward to increasing partnerships with other nonprofits in the San Diego community in order to expand our role in bringing awareness of the importance of native habitats to the San Diego community and coordinate our efforts to eradicate invasive species from our native habitats.

SDHC is working with key stakeholders and expanding our network to include entities not only in San Diego County, but in San Bernardino County and beyond. SDHC is approved by the California Department of Fish & Wildlife to hold and manage mitigation lands in Region 5 (San Diego County). SDHC is applying to receive this approval for Regions 4 and 6 and will ultimately seek approval for all of California. SDHC received accreditation with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission in February 2016. The accreditation process has strengthened SDHC and shows to the nation that SDHC has met the highest standards for managing and protecting land in perpetuity.

One of only a few nonprofit habitat managers in the San Diego region working with developers, municipalities, and agencies to strike a critical balance between development and the protection of our valuable habitat. - Manages approximately 1800 acres of open space habitat helping to provide a contiguous corridor of native habitats, vital to supporting natural resources that are considered important to our local ecosystem and that provide vital habitat for numerous endangered and threatened plants and animals. - Provides outreach to neighboring communities in order to instill a sense of stewardship, educate them about the resources being protected, and the role protecting such resources plays in regional conservation efforts.

SDHC's progress will be measured by the organization's ability to continuing increasing our land management portfolio, and expanding outside of San Diego County into the surrounding region, including San Bernardino County and beyond. SDHC's progress with our education and outreach will be measured by increasing and strengthening our programs and therefore increasing the number of organizations with which we collaborate, increasing grant funding, and increasing the number of students and members of the public that we reach with our message of supporting conservation and increased biodiversity.

SDHC continues to increase our land management portfolio by not only increasing the number of acres we manage, but increasing the types of habitats that we manage, increasing the variety of plant and animal species we manage, expanding our presence to additional cities within San Diego County and to counties other than San Diego County, such as Riverside County. Additionally, in the past year SDHC has hired a full-time Assistant Habitat Manager, added members to our Board of Directors, and started collaborating with a number of local nonprofits for outreach and education events.

Financials

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Operations

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

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San Diego Habitat Conservancy

Board of directors
as of 11/4/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Eric Mondero

American Red Cross

Term: 2013 -

Kenneth Little

Brandes Investment Partners

David Claycomb

Helix Environmental Planning, Inc.

Christina Schaefer

Schaefer Ecological Solutions

Joe Duffel

JD Consulting

Trish Jones Mondero

LRG Public Affairs

Chelita Borbon

HELIX Environmental Construction Group

Eric Mondero

American Red Cross

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/04/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Keywords

Habitat Conservation, Environmental Education, SDHC