Conservancy of Southwest Florida

Our Water, Our Land, Our Wildlife, Our Future

Naples, FL   |  http://www.conservancy.org

Mission

The mission of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida is to protect Southwest Florida’s unique natural environment and quality of life… now and forever. The Conservancy is a grassroots organization focused on the critical environmental issues of the Southwest Florida region. We work to protect land, water and wildlife, control unplanned growth and educate the public about South Florida’s wildlife. We use science-based research to inform government leaders and promote sound environmental policies and practices. We forge conservation partnerships on the local, regional and national level to have maximum impact.  Research from our science department provides the basis for the work that we do.

Ruling year info

1971

Principal Officer

Robert J Moher

Main address

1495 Smith Preserve Way

Naples, FL 34102 USA

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EIN

59-1157084

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Environmental protection for the 5 counties of Southwest Florida.

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?

Environmental Science and Research

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida Environmental Science and Research team is dedicated to providing unbiased studies and enjoys a national reputation for their expertise. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the scientists provide a depth of experience and knowledge unique to Southwest Florida.

Population(s) Served
Adults

At the Conservancy Nature Center and throughout the Southwest Florida community, the Environmental Education team provides children and adults an appreciation and understanding of Southwest Florida's unique natural resources. We reach more than 50,000 people a year with high-quality environmental education.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A critical role played the Conservancy Environmental Policy team is to provide our region's decision makers with the took necessary to make informed decisions on environmental and conservation issues. The Environmental Policy team ensures the proper stewardship of Southwest Florida's water, land, and wildlife.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Providing medical care to injured native wildlife has been a priority of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida since 1979. This year the von Arx Wildlife Hospital admitted more than 3,500 patients, a five percent increase over last year. The wildlife hospital is open 365 days a year from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2018)

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 students showing interest in topics related to STEM

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Environmental Education and Nature Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

On-site field trips/off site school visits and our summer camps we educate at least 8,000 students per year with environmental education. 2020 (COVID) includes our E-Learning platform and virtual camp

Number of people influenced to undertake conservation action

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

Adults

Related Program

Environmental Policy and Advocacy

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Through our e-advocacy program, attendance at events, donations, memberships - people support the organizations conservation activities. 2020 COVID restrictions shows a decrease. Few in person events.

Number of animals rehabilitated

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

Adults

Related Program

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of injured native animals admitted to our wildlife rehabilitation hospital each year.

Number of press articles published

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

Adults

Related Program

Environmental Policy and Advocacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is tracked through our subscription to Meltwater (a media tracking service).

Number of return website visitors

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

Adults

Related Program

Environmental Science and Research

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are the numbers according to Google analytics.

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.

Prevent further degradation of our estuaries, near shore marine waters, bays, rivers and freshwater resources.Advocate for sustainable growth strategies that preserve, protect and enhance natural resources in the face of intensification of land use proposals and weakened regulatory standards. Sufficient protection of State and Federal listed species to ensure their regional long-term viability.Sustain native wildlife populations to maintain ecological balance. Create conservation ethic among Southwest Florida's residents..

Internal Collaboration:Challenges to our environment come from multiple directions and require multi-disciplinary solutions.  It is critical that the outcome of this plan emphasize synergy between our four programs: Science, Policy, Wildlife and Education.External Partnerships:We believe our external partnerships will play a greater role than ever before in working with the Conservancy to take on our region’s most pressing challenges.  Community of Support:Southwest Florida has a strong and growing culture of conservation. Continuing to build this “conservation community” will help turn an internal conservation ethic into outward action and advocacy.  It is hoped that these new leaders will enable the Conservancy to build its volunteer base, grow the Board of Directors, generate new members and donors, and guide children in their growth to become conservation champions.Role of the Board of DirectorsThe Conservancy Board of Directors fully endorses and supports this five-year strategic plan. In order to make the plan successful, the board will take the following actions:• Support fundraising efforts, by assisting in the cultivation of relationships with potential donors and potential board members• Ensure consistent evaluation of the plan over the five year period• Provide strategic direction in managing major unforeseen changes over the next five years• Provide direction in regard to the stewardship of key relationships• Incorporate the five year plan into major discussions and decisionsEvaluation of the PlanThis plan will be evaluated annually over the five year period. The plan will be utilized when creating annual operational plans.

21 acre campus that supports environmental education Expanded state of the art 5000 sq foot wildlife hospital and new full time vet support wildlife treatment and release goals, and new outdoor public education space.Top notch scientific staff in place to pursue science initiatives. Institutional reputation remains very high in Southwest Florida supporting our reputation and fundraising. Dedicated and long term policy senior staff ensure continuity in our tough policy battles. Proven fundraising capabilities and ability to steward significant investments wisely. 65 Full time staff. Attentive Board of Directors and over 600 volunteers who support the staff.

21 acre Nature Center and expanded von Arx Wildlife Hospital treated over 4200 injured native animals year to date with a 50% release rate. Provided more than 7,600 students with high quality environmental education programs with a documented 40% gain in learning. Successfully advocated for protection of rural lands in Collier County. Successfully wrapping up our 37th year of sea turtle conservation efforts. Celebrated our 50th Anniversary in 2014. Increased web visitation. Increasing earned media coverage.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Conservancy of Southwest Florida

Board of directors
as of 11/07/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

John Walter

CEO, Ashlin Management Company

Term: 2024 - 2022


Board co-chair

Charlie Mueller

President - West Florida Region, Northern Trust

Term: 2022 - 2024

Lew Allyn

Retired - Executive Vice President – Welch Allyn, Inc.

Phil Collins

Broker Associate - Raveis Real Estate, Naples, FL

Phil Gresh

Retired - Executive Vice President - Illinois Tool Works

Barry Frank

Retired- Owner Arrow Pool Service Company

Kamela Patton

Superintendent, Collier County Public Schools, Naples, FL

Nick Penniman

Retired /Publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Senior Vice President of Newspaper Operations for Pulitzer Publishing Company

Sue Schulte

Retired- Chicago Board of Trade & Mercantile Exchange

Van Zandt Williams

Vice President for Development, Emeritus, Princeton University

Sharon von Arx

Community Volunteer

John Walter

CEO, Ashlin Management Company

Phil Douglas

Retired - Public School Administrator

Judy Hushon

Retired, Consultant to industry and U.S. and foreign governments for many years on environmental and toxicological problems.

Nancy Anthony

Chair of Fernwood Council LLC

Nick Batos

First Mayor of Estero

Pam Brown

Ranch Owner/Community Volunteer

Chris Campbell

Owner of Christian L. Campbell Consulting LLC

Sheila Demkovich

Community Volunteer

Terry Edwards

Art Gallery Director / Editor

Leslie Frecon

LFE Capital - Managing Partner & Chief Executive Officer

Linda Grijalva

Retired Vice President & Legal Counsel for Mizuho Corporate Bank (NYC), Associate, Dewey Ballantine (NYC)

Robin Hamilton

Retired: Vice-President Wealth Advisor for Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management

Kimberly Johnson

Firm Chair of Quarles & Brady

Jon Kukk

Kukk Architecture & Design, P.A.

George Lawton

Retired Deluxe Corp and Ameriprise Financial

Loralee LeBoeuf

Retired, Marketing Consultant and Administrator, Fitness Professional

Katrina Lundmark-Kash

Owner K. Lundmark Design – Interior Design

Cedric Shaw

Retired Group President, Illinois Tool Works, Inc.

Tom Watkins

A former pharmaceutical and biotechnology company executive

Roger Weston

Past Chairman, Board of Directors, President, Chief Executive Officer: GreatBanc, Inc., Aurora, Illinois

Nanette Rivera

Stefan Bothe

Founder, Chairman and CEO of Flexi Software

Tom McCann

Firm Chair of Quarles & Brady

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 2/5/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data