Many types of collaborative approaches are available to help advance land conservation.
Commission-based compensation for fundraising by staff and consultants, although legal, is widely viewed as a bad practice for nonprofits.
All section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for elective public office. During an election, nonprofits can lobby, provide voter education, encourage voter registration and participation, and participate in issue advocacy if these are done in a nonpartisan way that does not interfere, or appear to interfere, with the election
Land trust accreditation is voluntary and requires compliance with a set of accreditation indicator practices selected from Land Trust Standards and Practices. Accreditation is awarded by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission.
Land Trust Standards and Practices are widely accepted guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust.
501(c)3 organizations can lobby to positively affect legislative outcomes but they must follow IRS regulations as well as state and federal regulations dealing with lobbyist registrations and reporting.
A land trust may merge with another land trust or other conservation organization in order to more effectively advance the goals of each organization.