Commission-based compensation for fundraising by staff and consultants, although legal, is widely viewed as a bad practice for nonprofits.
Endowments and quasi-endowments help organizations establish long-term financial stability. This guide explains the basics; provides links to resources that address creating, managing, and fundraising for these funds; and describes the practices of 10 land trusts.
Investments can be an important part of a land trust’s financial sustainability. Each section of this brief guide concludes with hyperlinks to useful guidance and articles.
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission offers outside verification that a land trust conforms with a key set of practices within Land Trust Standards and Practices. Accreditation is voluntary. A land trust should weigh the advantages of rigorous, external review against the opportunity costs of obtaining and maintaining accredited status.
The Land Trust Standards and Practices are widely accepted ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust.
Organizations can enhance and expand their conservation impact by using social media to engage new and existing supporters.