Inland Northwest Land Conservancy

aka Inland Northwest Land Trust dba Inland Northwest Land Conservancy   |   Spokane, WA   |  www.inlandnwland.org

Mission

Inland Northwest Land Conservancy connects people to nature by conserving lands and waters essential to life in the Inland Northwest. We envision thriving natural habitats enjoyed and respected by the people who live in and visit northeastern Washington and northern Idaho. We are a non-partisan nonprofit that works in partnership with willing individuals, families, businesses and public entities to create win-win outccomes for our community and the natural world. Since its founding in 1991, Inland Northwest Land Conservancy has helped conserve nearly 23,000 acres and 50 miles of waterways in eastern Washington and northern Idaho.

Ruling year info

1992

Executive Director

Mr. Dave Schaub

Main address

35 West Main Avenue, Suite 210

Spokane, WA 99201 USA

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EIN

91-1510539

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Parks and Playgrounds (N32)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Farm and forest land, natural open space, and the land along rivers, lakes, and streams is being subdivided and developed causing fragmentation of wildlife habitat. Our work reduces fragmentation of significant lands and buffers and improves already protected habitat. We do this by working with willing private landowners and conservation partners to protect land through conservation easements or acquisitions. This ensures that wildlife habitat and open space will be preserved for present and future generations of wildlife.

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?

Conserving our lands and waters

We identify and conserve the lands and waters that our native species need to thrive and to ensure ongoing supplies of clean, abundant water.

Specific program areas include rivers (Coeur d'Alene, Little Spokane, and Spokane) and lakes (Coeur d'Alene, Pend Oreille, and Hayden) and the Spokane-Rathdrum Aquifer.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We care for the lands we have protected and we promote land management strategies that support climate resilience and that mitigate the effects of climate change.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We provide connection to vibrant natural landscapes to promote health and well-being, and to foster active long-term engagement with our conservation efforts.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Veterans

Where we work

Accreditations

Land Trust Accreditation 2019

Affiliations & memberships

Land Trust Alliance 1996

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 volunteers

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes board and committee members, field volunteers, and office volunteers

Number of overall donors

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Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Households making a gift in the time period. Excludes corporations and grants.

Number of grants received

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes foundation grants, government grants, and donor-advised grants

Total dollars received in contributions

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes gifts for operations as well as for special projects, stewardship, and endowment. Excludes gifts of land.

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

# of followers at year end

Acres of land leased, purchased, or put into easement

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

Conserving our lands and waters

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Conservation easements and preserves only. Excludes land held by partners

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.

INLC's goal is to conserve the natural heritage of the Inland Northwest (eastern Washington and northern Idaho) for the benefit of wildlife, our community, and future generation.

To do this we protect the sanctuaries and connecting corridors that nourish and sustain wildlife. We also work with willing private landowners to conserve working forests that provide wildlife habitat and protect the clean air and clean water of our region as well as provide an economic benefit to rural communities.

We also work with our community partners to connect people with nature so that they understand and appreciate the importance of nature and protected land.

We work with willing private landowners to conserve their own land through donated conservation easements. We also work with other agencies to protect land through fee purchase or purchased easements.

We also work to engage the community with conservation - connecting people with nature through a series of events designed to get people experiencing and enjoying the outdoors. In this way they will learn to love the land and work to protect it for future generations.

Finally, our core responsibility is to protect the lands under conservation easement entrusted to us. We monitor each property at least annually to ensure the conservation restrictions are followed. If necessary, we would file suit to enforce those restrictions.

Conservation Director Chris DeForest has been with INLC since 1997. Over the years Chris has developed deep trust relationships with local landowners - so that when they are ready to protect their land they know that INLC will treat them as valued partners rather than adversaries.

INLC's other staff bring a wide variety of skills and talents. INLC's volunteers are also an important part of our strength - including a GIS specialist who comes in 2 days a week .

INLC has over a $1 million in assets, the income of which can support INLC's core activities into the future. INLC also has a stewardship fund, a special projects fund, and a small endowment.

In early 2020 we hired our Philanthropy and Communications Director, bringing our staff to 6.8 FTE.

As of June 30, 2020 we have protected nearly 22,000 acres of land through 62 conservation easements, 38 partner projects, and 2 preserves.

In November 2020 we purchased land to create the Waikiki Springs Nature Preserve.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, direct interaction,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Supporters identified the Rimrock to Riverside area as a place worth preserving and sought our help. While work like this was in our strategic plan, it was the supporters who helped make this project a priority. Now we are seeking input from other community groups about the lands that are important to them.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, 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 hard to come up with good questions to ask people,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Inland Northwest Land Conservancy

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Tom Bradley

National Park Service, Retired

Term: 2021 - 2021

Rob Lindsay

Spokane County Division of Utilities

Jake Williamson

Moss-Adams, LLP

Rod Price

Avista Utilities

Tom Bradley

National Park Service, Retired

Mitzi VanVoorhis

McConkey Auction Group

Casey Brazil

Kiemle Hagood

Leyna Bernstein

Leyna Bernstein Consulting

Lindsay Chutas

Spokane Conservation District

Vange Hochheimer

Whitworth University

Julie Johnson

Teacher, Retired

Brian Behler

Skils'kin

Toni Pessemier

Avista Utilities

Debra Schultz

Teacher, Retired

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 11/19/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/01/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • 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.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.