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Gathering Waters: Wisconsin's Alliance for Land Trusts

Helping you protect Wisconsin's land, water, wildlife, and way of life

aka Gathering Waters   |   Madison, WI   |  www.gatheringwaters.org

Mission

Gathering Waters: Wisconsin's Alliance for Land Trusts' mission is to help land trusts, landowners, and communities protect the places that make Wisconsin special. Our goal is to increase the amount of protected land in the state through private voluntary action.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Mr. Mike Carlson

Main address

211 S Paterson St, Ste 270

Madison, WI 53703 USA

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Formerly known as

Gathering Waters Conservancy

EIN

39-1805090

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Management & Technical Assistance (C02)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Gathering Waters: Wisconsin's Alliance for Land Trusts seeks to achieve lasting land conservation in Wisconsin that meets community and ecological needs as it sustains our state's natural and agricultural resources. Healthy lands and waters benefit all Wisconsin communities.

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?

Wisconsin Land Trust Days

Wisconsin Land Trust Days is a statewide promotion of events and activities hosted by Gathering Waters' member land trusts during the months of August and September.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A grassroots advocacy effort to land and water protection policies and funding in Wisconsin.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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 Land Trust Members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of non-profit land trust organizations who are members of Gathering Waters and utilize our services.

Number of coalition members

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

Team Knowles-Nelson

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

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

Charting impact

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

Gathering Waters aims to develop strong sustainable land trusts; durable and effective legal tools to provide landowners with the opportunities and options for lasting land conservation; funding and other resources for land acquisition and management; integrated networks of organizations and individuals leveraging resources, expertise, and influence; and engage people who value, support, and join together in land conservation.

Gathering Waters strives to develop the capacity of Wisconsin's land trusts; advocate for public land conservation policies and funding; enhance strategic conservation planning and implementation; advance effective financing options for land conservation; cultivate cross-sector collaborations; connect people to the land; and celebrate success as we compile, maintain, and market information about the benefits of land conservation and land trusts.

Land Trust Support:
Gathering Waters supports and strengthens land trusts by offering tailored training, technical assistance, and other support to meet the evolving needs of Wisconsin land trust organizations. Through our Land Trust Excellence and Advancement Partnership (LEAP) with the Land Trust Alliance, we leverage expertise and resources to provide high-quality, high-impact services.

In collaboration with the Land Trust Alliance, we provide opportunities to connect, learn, and share experiences to create a vibrant community for land conservation capable of collaborating to address complex systemic challenges. Gathering Waters hosts the Wisconsin Land Trust Conference to build capacity and community among land trust staff, board members, and partners as they gain new knowledge and skills, reinforce best practices, celebrate successes, and commit to continued progress in land conservation.

Gathering Waters has implemented a Geographic Information System (GIS) to serve as a direct service to many land trusts and as a starting point for future capacity building and collaborative efforts.

Advocacy:
Gathering Waters is committed to advocating for reliable, sustainable state funding for land acquisition and management, through the renewal of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and alternative sources of revenue.

Gathering Waters will focus on the development of Team Knowles-Nelson to engage local voices for impact in advocacy. We will enhance the effectiveness of our state and federal advocacy efforts by increasing the number of land trust staff, board members, supporters, and landowners who have relationships with their elected officials and can share compelling stories of land conservation from their communities.

Through collaboration with state, regional, and national partners, we will engage members of Wisconsin's Congressional delegation and federal agency officials to strengthen relationships and advocate for funding and policies that support land conservation, including the Farm Bill, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Awareness:
Wisconsin Land Trust Days is a new initiative aimed at leveraging the statewide voice of Gathering Waters with fun, local events hosted by land trusts in August and September each year. Gathering Waters will create a statewide branding and marketing effort as land trusts showcase special places around Wisconsin. Land Trust Days is intended to celebrate the impact that Wisconsin land trusts have in their communities.

Wisconsin's Land Conservation Leadership Awards Celebration raises the profile of land conservation, land trusts, and celebrates the outstanding achievements and contributions of individuals, policymakers, land trusts, and other organizations protecting the places that make Wisconsin special. This event honors the power of committed citizens and offers inspiring examples of conservation success.

Gathering Waters has increased staff capacity to facilitate the new initiatives.

Gathering Waters continues to provide information and services to its land trusts. To help land trusts make acquisition and management decisions, the organization invested in the development of a detailed GIS conservation database.

To meet its advocacy objectives, Gathering Waters has invested in and implemented a third-party advocacy program to allow people to easily contact their elected officials. In addition to reaching concerned citizens, Gathering Waters' leaders will continue to meet with elected officials from key districts as needed.

To build community awareness, Gathering Waters continues to promote Wisconsin Land Trust Days and will feature four selected events on a regional television broadcast.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Gathering Waters: Wisconsin's Alliance for Land Trusts

Board of directors
as of 01/25/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Matthew Reetz

Badgerland Bird Alliance (BBA Formerly Madison Audubon)

Term: 2017 - 2024

Mike Koutnik

Esri

Carol Abrahamzon

Mississippi Valley Conservancy

Kevin Thusius

Ice Age Trail Alliance

Vanessa Wishart

Stafford Rosenbaum, LLP

Stephanie Vrabec

Carol Fisher

The Nature Conservancy

Becky Steinhoff

Jeff Ottum

Door County Land Trust

Nicole Van Helden

The Nature Conservancy

Marjie Tomter

Ozaukee Washington Land Trust

Kieran Coe

Godfrey Kahn LLP

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 11/30/2020

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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

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data