WHY SUPPORT THE ANNUAL FUND?
You support the mission of the Lancaster County Conservancy.
To save and steward the ecosystems and landscapes upon which we depend for food, clean water and air, economic and public health and the restoration of soul and spirit.
How does your Annual Fund gift help the Conservancy achieve its mission?
Your gift to the Annual Fund helps create the financial foundation to support and move the Conservancy’s programs ahead. We implement vibrant and well run programs that are consistent with the organization’s strategic plan.
Your gifts support the protection our treasured natural land, provide year round access to our nature preserves, foster an environmental ethic in our children, and strengthen our urban greening work. You also help us engage in influential conversations and actions for the common good.
How exactly is the Conservancy funded?
The Conservancy private, non-governmental, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1969 whose operating funds come primarily from the generous support of our individual and corporate members via gifts to our Annual Fund and special fund raising initiatives and events. Project and land acquisition funds generally come from major donors, foundations and government agencies as one-time donations. The Conservancy is uniquely positioned to leverage private donations with public monies so that contributions have maximum impact.
You support our ability to convey the importance of the Conservancy’s mission.
We produce top quality communications including our Preserve Guide, our newsletter LandView, eView, annual report, and Facebook. We also host nature walks, trail work days, an annual member picnic and other public events designed to connect people to nature.
Land is being developed in the county at a rapid pace. These developmental pressures increase unabated. Land values are dramatically rising to the point that land protection is almost cost prohibitive; most communities do not currently provide adequate open space for recreation of its residents and visitors; water quality and wildlife habitat are degraded due to a variety of factors. Protecting stream corridors will improve our rivers and streams, for drinking water supply, recreational use and healthy wildlife habitat, as well as reduce our impact on the Chesapeake Bay.
Your support has helped the Conservancy accomplish so much!
• Protection of 5,474 acres of important natural land.
• Active management of these lands in a green network of 38 public nature preserves that we own outright and 67 conservation easements where we hold the development rights to insure that the property is protected while owned by others.
• Work with school districts to advance environmental education through direct experiences and teacher training.
• A strong base of support with more than 2,500 members.
• Collaboration with our many partners.
We – and you – have created a strong and credible community organization that is regularly invited to participate in county-level and local level planning and projects.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!