Green Foothills

Local. Vocal. Effective.

Palo Alto, CA   |  www.greenfoothills.org

Mission

Our mission is to protect open space, farmland, and natural resources in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties for the benefit of all through advocacy, education, and grassroots action.

Ruling year info

1966

Executive Director

Ms. Megan Fluke

Main address

3921 East Bayshore Rd

Palo Alto, CA 94303 USA

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EIN

94-6121854

NTEE code info

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

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

Green Foothills exists to address the problematic conventional development paradigm that perpetuates sprawl, loss of biodiversity, climate change, and systemic inequities that disproportionately impact marginalized communities. This includes both people and 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?

Advocacy Program

Green Foothills’ advocacy team engages early in land use policy, proposals, and planning processes that pose an opportunity or threat to our natural environment. Sometimes this means supporting a land use plan that will protect nature and bring ecosystem benefits to our communities. At other times, opposing a new development proposal that will harm a wetland, adversely impact a marginalized community, or block a wildlife corridor. We support current and future decision makers to be champions for conservation and inclusive public process, and we mobilize people to effect change for the land, the wildlife, and their communities.

Since 1962, our advocacy on over 900 land use issues has resulted in nearly 200,000 acres of open space permanently protected, supporting biodiversity, climate resilience, and local farming.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Launched in 2013, Green Foothills’ Leadership Academy convenes, trains and invests in local community leaders of all backgrounds through an 8-month training and an associated alumni program.

Alumni are supported in their advancement into leadership roles at nonprofits, public agencies, and community-based groups where they lead initiatives for environmental conservation, justice, and inclusive public process. Green Foothills supports alumni in their community change work. Alumni are often key partners in our advocacy on local land use issues and provide perspectives on equitable, inclusive environmental activism.

Population(s) Served
Activists

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 comment letters to government agencies

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

Advocacy Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of requests to our supporters to submit comment letters varies each year, depending on the number of formal decision making points on behalf of an agency on the issues in which we are engaged.

Number of land use issues monitored, commented and advocated on

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

Advocacy Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Leadership Academy graduates

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

Leadership Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In January 2020, the training program was revised to include a new experiential curriculum and smaller cohort size to allow for deeper camaraderie and learning.

Acres positively impacted or permanently protected

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

Advocacy Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Acres positively impacted from inappropriate development or permanently protected by a public or private agency as a final outcome of our advocacy

Number of participants at our events and speaking engagements

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

People who participate in our events, speaking engagements, and event tablings

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Advocacy Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The COVID-19 shelter-in-place mandate affected volunteer hours during 2020.

Number of overall donors

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of ballot measures won

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

Advocacy Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Won 2 of 2 ballot measures in 2020, and 4 of 4 ballot measures in 2018.

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.

Desired impact:
* Land use decisions in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties affirm biodiversity, climate resilience, and equity.
* Diverse leaders and communities effectively champion conservation and inclusion.

As a result of our work, our targeted impact by 2025 includes:
* 15 key wildlife and plant species that are endangered, threatened, or species of concern benefit as a direct result of our advocacy.
* 10,000 additional acres of open space, farmland, and natural resources protected or positively impacted.
* 5 successful campaigns led in partnership with organizations that are led by and serve communities of Color.
* 5-10 policies or plans that benefit our goal are approved by governmental agencies.
* 10-20 successful local campaigns that benefit climate resilience, ecosystem services, wildlife, and/or improve access to open space by underserved communities (e.g.: approve beneficial projects, policies, plans, or initiatives, or to modify or stop harmful projects, policies, plans, or initiatives).
* 100 alumni in a leadership role. 60 alumni in a new leadership role since 2020
* 50 initiatives launched/joined by alumni, 10 won
* 200 alumni invested in Green Foothills community (ex: use alumni listserv, volunteer, participate in alumni workshops and advocacy, donate)
* 10 partnerships with tribes, agencies, and NGOs to support recruitment/alumni impact

- Engage in Local Land Use Issues
We engage early in land use policy, proposals, and planning processes that pose an opportunity or threat to our natural environment.Through comprehensive research and inclusive community engagement, the goals of our advocacy are informed by science and community.

- Educate Decision Makers and Community Leaders
We provide the support and information needed for current and future decision makers to be champions for conservation and inclusive public processes.

- Partner With and Mobilize Community Members
We bring together and mobilize people to effectively navigate the land use process. We train, mentor, and learn from diverse leaders and communities in equitable, inclusive environmental activism.

Since 1962, Green Foothills has protected the open space, farmlands, and natural resources of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties through advocacy, education, and grassroots action. We serve as the first line of defense for the last of our region’s critical habitat and farmland, engaging in land use decisions in their earliest stages. Our advocates work with community members on priority issues, providing them with the skills and resources they need to be successful open space advocates.

Our advocates are legal and environmental experts who use their knowledge of environmental policy and land use planning to protect open spaces that are under threat and advance policies and practices which support climate resilience. Our entire team leverages work together to inspire and connect community members to effectively engage in support of our mission and vision.

Green Foothills is the only environmental advocacy organization that solely advocates for the protection of local open space in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. We serve as the gatekeeper for development in environmentally sensitive areas and we are often the first level of defense, working on the ground to follow development proposals and planning processes and speaking up for open space. We are part of a larger collaborative ecosystem of public, private, and nonprofit partners working to protect open space. Often after we have successfully advocated to protect land, nonprofit and public agencies work together to purchase and permanently protect the land.

We also have a premier leadership development program, the Leadership Academy, through which we are growing a larger, more diverse base of civic leaders who are working across sectors for the natural environment. Founded in 2013, Green Foothills’ Leadership Academy has served as the training ground for over 200 graduates who are working locally to make a difference on the environmental and social challenges of our time. The reimagined program launched in 2020 features a new curriculum for environmental advocacy grounded in race equity and enhanced programming for alumni. This program is growing a diverse and inclusive community of civic leaders across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors who want to be a powerful force for the environment and equity in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

Since our founding, over 185,000 acres of open space, farmland, and natural resources in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties have been permanently protected. This is the result of our advocacy on over 900 land use issues and 60 ballot measures successfully supported or opposed. These lands serve as a regional greenbelt system that provide places for people to recreate and connect with nature, provide habitat for wildlife including rare and endangered species, and provide ecosystem services which protect and benefit everyone who lives and visits this region. In the face of the climate crisis, these protected lands serve as a vital part of our region’s efforts to enhance resiliency to its effects (i.e., drought, wildfire, sea level rise and flooding, etc.).

As a result of our advocacy, land management agencies and organizations are better able to permanently protect natural areas at risk of development, restore these areas for habitat and other ecosystem service benefits, and open lands up to the public.

Our goal is the protection and stewardship of open spaces, farmlands, and natural resources in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties that provide climate resilience, wildlife habitat and connectivity, and/or recreation for underserved communities. This should be achieved through equitable and inclusive planning processes.

Our intention through our Leadership Academy Program is to connect and train a diverse community of influential changemakers who want to support the protection of our natural environment while uplifting the interests of historically marginalized communities in the conservation movement. To achieve this, we train 20-25 changemakers who go through our annual training program, activate and cultivate relationships with Leadership Academy alumni, and continue to invest in alumni’s leadership development by connecting them to existing leadership opportunities and facilitating their connections to each other.

The Alumni Program is a dynamic and diverse community of over 200 changemakers who are advancing collaborative environmental justice initiatives in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. As of 2021, at least 80 Alumni are in leadership roles, allowing them to uplift the interests of the environment and historically marginalized communities. Through the alumni program, graduates support one another as they advance both their leadership and collaborative community initiatives in service of environmental justice. Graduates successfully lead campaigns that secure funding for green space, participate in public and private commissions, hold positions of power in nonprofits, public agencies, and the private sector, and are active in various civic processes in benefit of the environment and their communities.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Green Foothills

Board of directors
as of 9/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jeff Segall

Nancy Federspiel

Brian Glazebrook

Ian Bain

Matthew Burrows

Jennifer Chang Hetterly

Craige Edgerton

Sarvenaz (Nazy) Fahimi

Margaret Laffan

Hyma Menath

Lisa Munro

Ricardo Samaniego

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/09/2021

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

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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