A Field Guide to Conservation Finance

A comprehensive book on land conservation financing for community and regional conservation leaders. A Field Guide to Conservation Finance provides essential advice on how to tackle the universal obstacle to protecting private land in America: lack of money.

PRAISE FOR "A Field Guide To Conservation Finance."

“A Field Guide to Conservation Finance sets a new standard for land trusts and land conservation. Story Clark has created a remarkable road map for linking passion for place with vital, sophisticated technical and financial skills. She shows us that the business of land conservation can — and must — be learned by anyone who is committed to passing the legacy of special places on to future generations.”
--Jean Hocker, President, Conservation Service Company, LLC and President Emeritus, Land Trust Alliance.

“This book belongs on the director's desk of every environmental group in the country: in it the fear of raising money is replaced by an understanding of what it means to give. Raising money is always about relationships, our relationship toward the land and each other. Who could imagine a book about money to be a book about love?”
--Terry Tempest Williams, Author of The Open Space of Democracy and Refuge

“Story Clark begins her wonderfully helpful book by noting that ‘conservation finance is the best place where people, land, and money meet,’ but it is surely not the only place. Her guide will help make the best place commonplace. If widely used, this field guide will keep all our other field guides relevant.”
--Gus Speth, Dean of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University

“You can’t make a smart, successful deal or build a successful land conservation effort without the knowledge and information you get from this book. Anyone who has to make and negotiate deals should have a copy.”
--Michael Mantell, Founder of Resources Law Group and Former Undersecretary for Resources for California

"I cannot recall the last time I read a self-help /​ how-to book worthy of four stars! Story Clark's A Field Guide to Conservation Finance is both a testament to her knowledge and experience working with land trusts but also her ability to communicate wisely and effectively sound advice for land trusts of any size and scope..."
--Paul D. McNair, Executive Director of The Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia

Table of Contents


Foreword by Roger C. Altman
Introduction

Part I. POSITIONING YOUR ORGANIZATION

Chapter 1 Organizational Readiness
Chapter 2 Financial Readiness
Chapter 3 The Deal
Chapter 4 Legal and Ethical Considerations

Part II. RAISING MONEY

Chapter 5 Raising Money
Chapter 6 Traditional Fundraising Methods
Chapter 7 Traditional Fundraising Plans and Sources
Chapter 8 Voluntary Surcharges
Chapter 9 Transfer Fees

Part III. BORROWING MONEY

Chapter 10 Borrowing Money
Chapter 11 Bank Lending
Chapter 12 Seller Financing
Chapter 13 External Revolving Loan Funds
Chapter 14 Internal Protection Funds
Chapter 15 Foundation Program-Related Investments


Part IV. LOOKING AHEAD

Chapter 16 Reducing Costs
Chapter 17 Putting It All Together

Conclusion

Appendix
Glossary
Endnotes
Bibliography
Index

Click below for appendices and templates related to programs discussed in this book:


Chapter 1


Chapter 2


Chapter 3


Chapter 4


Chapter 6


Chapter 8


Chapter 9


Chapter 11


Chapter 12


Chapter 13


Chapter 14


Chapter 15


Chapter 16


About the author:

Story Clark is the author of "A Field Guide to Conservation Finance," an accessible, hands-on guide to finding money to conserve land and water. Ms. Clark is a professional conservationist who has helped conserve land throughout the United States and internationally. Her specialty is innovative financial strategies for conservation.

Ms. Clark is currently working on the second volume of "A Field Guide To Conservation Finance." She is looking for case studies on conservation finance innovations - small & large.

Ms. Clark welcomes invitations to speak on this subject as a way of introducing conservationists to the array of financial tools.

Selected Works

Nonfiction
A clear, well-written overview of the basics of conservation finance with useful insights and real stories that combine to create an invaluable and accessible guide for land trusts seeking to protect more land.
Innovative Technology
An exciting mobile app that transforms any excursion into a multidimensional and entertaining learning experience, at the listener's own pace — better than a tour guide!
Magazine Articles
Fundraising Wisdom in Saving Land, Winter 2009
In Conservation Biology, August 2011, co-written with Jeffrey C. Milder.
Online Articles
Several articles recently published on this new conservation finance web site.
Research
Upcoming Nonfiction

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