A Field Guide to Conservation Finance by Story Clark

By Story Clark

Ultimately, a entire publication on land conservation financing for neighborhood and nearby conservation leaders. A box consultant to Conservation Finance presents crucial recommendation on how one can take on the common main issue to retaining inner most land in the United States: loss of money. Story Clark dispels the myths that conservationists can entry in simple terms inner most cash managed via contributors or that in simple terms huge conservation enterprises have clout with sizeable capital markets. She indicates how small land conservation corporations can in attaining conservation targets utilizing either conventional and state-of-the-art monetary ideas. Clark outlines crucial instruments for elevating cash, borrowing funds, and decreasing the price of transactions. She covers more than a few matters together with move charges, voluntary surcharges, vendor financing, revolving money, and venture similar funding courses (PRIs). a transparent, well-written assessment of the fundamentals of conservation finance with valuable insights and actual tales mix to create a ebook that's a useful and available advisor for land trusts trying to safeguard extra land.

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These costs can amount to tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. Some land trusts have built up very large war chests that they also use for acquisition. They try to recapitalize the fund following an acquisition so that the fund “revolves” (see chapter 14). Having even a small amount of money in a protection fund can be extremely useful for cash flow when starting work on an acquisition. Otherwise, these initial costs, which may be substantial, can strain the operating budget. The land trust should create policy for the protection fund to determine where contributions come from, how the fund is used, and who can authorize expenditures.

7 In addition to the obvious legal and financial reasons for good record keeping, there is the matter of sanity. This is perpetual stuff. 000-000 22 3/15/08 5:27 PM Page 22 A Field Guide to Conservation Finance director can pick up where the old one left off keeps the next generation of practitioners from having to scrabble around for missing facts. When raising money, attention to detail and good organization is particularly important because donors care that you get it right. It is more important to know the spelling of a donor’s name than whether she likes horseback riding.

For example, having in-house real estate knowledge opens deal-making doors. If the land trust is small, it must rely on its board and others closely associated with the organization who have time and real estate skills to invest. Chris DeForest, of the Inland Northwest Land Trust, which operates in Washington State and northern Idaho, explains the situation when his land trust suddenly had to negotiate a purchase option and raise the $50,000 to pay for it: “If we hadn’t had Asha on staff we would have been in real trouble.

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