Chairman and President

From Our CEO and Chairman

In this year’s annual report, we proudly showcase our 2015 accomplishments and invite you to join us in celebrating 30 years of environmental achievement. Our work spanning three decades has a clear and distinct theme, reflecting our founders’ fundamental belief that conservation can and should advance the economic well-being of people and their communities—as we say it—“making conservation work for America.”

The history of our country tells a story of vast lands and waters, extraordinary wildlife and plentiful natural resources. For generations, our nation’s economic resilience has been linked directly to the use of our abundant natural wealth. As our country continues to grow, The Conservation Fund is dedicated to protecting our natural systems while still keeping land working for its people. This report reflects how we are accomplishing just that in communities across the country.

You will read about places that shaped our nation, such as the Lewis and Clark and Captain John Smith national historic trails, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, dozens of Civil War battle fields, and many more sites that are now protected in perpetuity. You also will see how we are working to ensure that the infrastructure of Los Angeles, Nashville, Chicago and other major urban centers are being balanced with the protection and addition of robust green spaces.

We learned early on that engaging people results in the best conservation solutions. Through our Resourceful Communities, Parks with Purpose and Conservation Leadership Network, we continue to bring people and their community institutions together to address social and economic issues with conservation as the focal point. As Charles Jordan, a previous chairman of our Board, once said, “Conservation is an all-hands-on deck proposition.”

We are especially excited about our success in protecting large-scale working forests through our Working Forest Fund. These forestland projects create sustainable jobs, as does our Natural Capital Investment Fund, through its catalytic grants and loans to entrepreneurs whose businesses have positive environmental outcomes. These programs provide jobs with clear conservation benefits for the hardworking Americans who depend on natural resources to sustain their livelihoods. With them, we are using the tools of the marketplace to meet the urgency of today’s conservation challenges and to scale our solutions for lasting, systemic change.

In short, we are redefining conservation and how it is practiced. Our record of 30 years of continuous growth is directly tied to our careful financial stewardship and lean, entrepreneurial business model. Independent charity evaluation organizations consistently give us the highest marks in our field for responsible use of funds.

We are deeply grateful to you, our ever-growing and loyal community of donors and friends, who recognize and support our unique approach to conservation. As we look to the future, we hope we can engage even more supporters like you who will help us continue to make conservation work for America for years to come.

Sincerely,

  • Lawrence A. Selzer, President
    Lawrence A. Selzer, President
  • R. Michael Leonard, Chairman
    R. Michael Leonard, Chairman

Our Vision

The Conservation Fund works at the intersection of conservation and community— we believe that environmental protection and economic vitality are inseparable.
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30 Years of Conservation

1985 - 2015

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— Pat Noonan, Founder

1985

Patrick Noonan founds The Conservation Fund as the first environmental nonprofit dedicated to both environmental protection and economic development.

We complete our first project, protecting 1,245 acres in Vermont’s Lake Champlain region.

1987

Our Revolving Fund launches. Every dollar invested in the Revolving Fund goes directly to protecting land, over and over. By continually reinvesting these dollars, the fund saves land valued at more than $5.9 billion over the next three decades.

We establish the Freshwater Institute, now recognized worldwide for its leadership in the science and technology of sustainable fish aquaculture.
1990

1990


Our Civil War Battlefield Campaign begins, ultimately protecting more than 9,700 acres at 85 battlefields.
1991

1991


Resourceful Communities program emerges to preserve our nation’s rural landscapes, grow strong local economies and celebrate communities’ unique cultures.

1993

Our Land Conservation Loan Program launches, providing key financing and technical assistance to local land trusts nation wide.
1995

1995


We protect 210,000 acres of critical habitat in Alaska’s Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, marking 1 million acres saved.

1997

We protect a site along Maryland’s Antietam Creek that witnessed one of the Civil War’s bloodiest battles, marking the end of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s invasion of the North and moving President Lincoln to issue the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

1998

The Conservation Leadership Network begins bringing diverse constituencies together to achieve common ground.

1999

We protect 296,000 contiguous acres in New York, Vermont and New Hampshire—America’s biggest multistate forest conservation deal.

Larry Selzer becomes president and CEO of The Conservation Fund.

Our Natural Capital Investment Fund launches to provide financing for rural businesses that use natural resources sustainably.

2004

We acquire and begin sustainably managing the 24,000-acre Garcia River Forest, at the time the largest nonprofit owned working forest in the West, establishing a national model for working forest conservation. To date, our Working Forest Fund has protected nearly 450,000 acres in 14 states.

2005

We reach 5 million acres protected.

We complete our largest conservation project—851,000 acres on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Our Go Zero program launches to help people and businesses offset climate change by planting trees.

With a team of partners, we protect 327,000 acres of working forestland in Maine, connecting more than 1 million acres of contiguous wilderness.
2007

2007


Our National Forum on Children and Nature launches to reconnect kids with the outdoors.
2008

2008


Our Pineywoods Mitigation Bank—one of the nation’s largest at 22,000 acres—launches in East Texas.

We complete a decade-long effort to protect 12,586 acres of wetlands on the Alaska Peninsula.
2010

2010


We reach 7 million acres protected.

2011

We protect 5,500 acres at Wind Cave National Park—a park designated in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt to honor the Lakota Native American tribe’s sacred site known for its intricate mineral formations, wind-whipped entrance and historic buffalo jump.

We protect 140 acres at Minidoka Internment National Historic Site—a place where nearly 9,500 Japanese Americans from Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; and surrounding areas were interned during World War II.

2012

We work to set aside land for what will become two new national parks— one in Maryland and one in Delaware, that state’s first national park. In 2013, President Barack Obama establishes First State National Historical Park in Delaware and the Underground Railroad National Monument on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where Harriet Tubman lived for 30 years and led other African-Americans to freedom along the Underground Railroad.

2013

We complete an “Emerald Necklace” blueprint for green infrastructure that will protect and restore open spaces in 62 cities within Los Angeles County—rivaling the scale of areas set aside for Central Park and Boston Commons.

We join the Greening of Detroit and U-Haul to plant 1,600 trees along the Rouge River in Detroit’s Rouge Park, helping the city improve its unique urban landscapes with green infrastructure.

2014

We reach 7.5 million acres protected.

We utilize bridge financing from our Loans program to help create Boston Public Market, the first year-round indoor market of its kind. The market offers fresh locally sourced food to the public in the middle of downtown Boston.

We help realize a goal 30 years in the making by protecting 17,351 acres of Powderhorn Ranch, in Calhoun County along the Texas coast—demonstrating how public and private entities can work together to achieve long-term environmental benefits.
2015

2015


We partner with Apple on a precedent-setting initiative to conserve 36,000 acres of U.S. working forests as part of its commitment to protecting—and creating—as much sustainable working forest as is needed to produce the paper in its product packaging.

Celebrating 30 years of innovative conservation!
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Redefining Conservation

Stories from our Blog

What National Parks Mean to
Me

Kelly Ingebritson, Sr Government Relations Rep
Kelly Ingebritson

Strategic Conservation Planning Really Works: Just Ask Nashville

Will Allen, Vice President, Sustainable Programs 
Will Allen

Earth Day
The Giving Trees

James Rogers, Sustainability Manager, The North Face
James Rogers

Trekking Through Hallowed Grounds

Kyle Shenk, Pennsylvania Representative 
Kyle Shenk

A Boston Local's Love Letter to the Conservation Fund

Liz Morningstar, CEO, Boston Public Market
Liz Morningstar

Celebrating the Largest Land Conservation Effort in WI History

Tom Duffus, VP, Midwest Region and Northeast Rep
Tom Duffus
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The Conservation Fund
has saved over
7.5 million acres
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How Big is 7.5 Million Acres?

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From Our CFO

Dave Phillips
We believe conservation is an investment in America. 

Since our founding 30 years ago, we have consistently put your dollars where they count—addressing pressing conservation challenges with a smart economic approach.  Through your support, we have protected millions of acres of land, strengthened communities and created new conservation models that work for America, and 2015 was another exceptional year.

We continue to consistently demonstrate our ability to grow and diversify our revenue streams, manage expenses, mitigate risk, and produce strong conservation outcomes and financial results. Our per capita and efficiency ratios remain tops in our industry, and our Balance Sheet reveals an underlying strength for a nonprofit. That’s why, since 1985, we have been able to complete nearly 3,000 projects—valued at nearly $6 billion and acquired for only $4.3 billion—passing these significant savings on to the American taxpayer.

Our hard work and your trust in us produce other impressive results. We consistently receive top ratings—4-stars from Charity Navigator and A+ from CharityWatch—and are accredited by the Better Business Bureau/Wise Giving Alliance for meeting their 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. The Land Trust Alliance recognizes us as an accredited land trust, its highest measure of excellence, and we are a Gold Participant of Guidestar and a Top Nonprofit according to Great Nonprofits. 

It truly is amazing what we can accomplish with the help of supporters who believe in our unique mission. Together, we’re making an investment in America that will provide returns for generations to come.

Thank you for your support.

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David K. Phillips Jr.
Executive Vice President
CFO, Treasurer, CPA


Combined Statement of Activities
And Changes In Net Assets

For the year ended December 31, 2015, with comparative totals for 2014

Support and Revenue 2015 Total 2014 Total
Individual Contributions 14,090,603 10,445,262
Foundation Contributions 30,804,657 28,775,818
Corporate Contributions 26,866,449 1,767,847
Gifts of Land 14,125,532 46,094,229
Other Contributions 5,942,236 965,928
Conservation Land Transactions 69,814,499 86,137,225
Federal and State Grants 9,723,802 28,239,234
Contract Income 6,659,750 7,118,840
Mitigation/Carbon/Timber 35,536,432 16,154,046
Investment/Other Program Income 7,960,034 30,897,571
Total Support and Revenue $221,543,994 $256,596,000

Expenses 2015 Total 2014 Total
Total Conservation Programs 178,975,162 205,713,905
Management and General 2,815,471 2,464,135
Fundraising 2,138,883 1,605,864
Total Expenses $183,929,516 $209,782,904

Change in Net Assets $37,614,478 $46,813,096
 Net Assets, Beginning of Year $556,696,549 $509,883,453
Net Assets, End of Year $594,311,027 $556,696,549

Sources of Funds - 2015

Individual Contributions $14,090,603
Foundation Contributions $30,804,657
Corporate Contributons $26,886,449
Gifts of Land $14,125,532
Other Contributions $5,942,236
Conservation Land Transactions $69,814,499
Federal and State Grants $9,723,802
Contract Income $6,659,750
Mitigation/Carbon/Timber $35,536,432
Investment and Other Programs $7,960,034
  
Total $221,543,994

Uses of Funds - 2015

Programs $178,975,162
Management and General $2,815,471
Fundraising $2,138,883
  
Total $183,929,516
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Leadership

Board of Directors


Leonard-R-Michael

Chairman of the Board

R. Michael Leonard
North Carolina
Winthrop-John

Vice Chairman

John Winthrop Jr.
Connecticut
Selzer-Lawrence

President and CEO

Lawrence A. Selzer
Virginia
KelleyArnold-Kay
Kay Kelley Arnold
Arkansas
Todd Carter
Todd J. Carter
California
Cherington-Charles
Charles R. Cherington
Massachusetts
delaGarza-Luis
Luis de la Garza
Texas
Elbert-Stephen
Stephen A. Elbert
Tennessee
Hagen-Paul
Paul E. Hagen
District of Columbia
Hughes-GWilson
G. Wilson Hughes
Alaska
Joseph-James
James A. Joseph
North Carolina
Moreno-Georgina
Georgina A. Moreno
California
Morton-Thruston
Thruston B. Morton III
North Carolina
Schutt-Charles
Charles Porter Schutt III
Delaware
Wagley-Jay
Jay F. Wagley
Texas
Whitehurst-James
James M. Whitehurst
North Carolina
Noonan-Patrick

Chairman Emeritus

Patrick F. Noonan
Maryland
Grosvenor-Gilbert

Director Emeritus

Gilbert M. Grosvenor
Virginia
Hanes-KiKu

Director Emeritus

Kiku H. Hanes
Montana
Jordan-Charles

Director Emeritus

In Memory of
Charles R. Jordan
Oregon

Officers

Collectively, our officers have more than 550 years of conservation experience.

Leonard-R-Michael

Chairman of the Board

R. Michael Leonard
Winthrop-John

Vice Chairman

John Winthrop Jr.
Selzer-Lawrence

President and CEO

Lawrence A. Selzer
Erdmann-Richard
Richard L. Erdmann
Executive Vice President, General Counsel
Phillips-DavidK
David K. Phillips, Jr.
Executive Vice President, CFO, Treasurer, CPA
Cannon-Holly
Holly Cannon
Senior Counsel and Assistant Secretary
Elsbree-Mark
Mark W. Elsbree
Senior Vice President, Conservation Aquisition, Western Region
Hoellen-Kris
Kris A. Hoellen
Senior Vice President, Sustainable Programs
Macy-Sydney
Sydney S. Macy
Senior Vice President, Western Regional Director
Murphy-Robin
Robin Murphy
Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Phillips-Blaine-T
Blaine T. Phillips Jr.
Senior Vice President, Conservation Aquisition, Mid-Atlantic Region
Sexton-Matthew
Matthew S. Sexton
Senior Vice President, Conservation Aquisition, Southeastern Region
Smith-Evan
Evan H. Smith
Vice President, Conservation Ventures
William L. Allen, III
William L. Allen, III
Vice President, Director - Strategic Conservation Programs and Integrated Services
Borland-Alisa
Alisa E. Borland
Vice President, Development
Brian J. Dangler
Brian J. Dangler
Vice President, Director - Working Forest Fund
Duffus-Thomas
Thomas R. Duffus
Vice President, Conservation Aquisition, Midwest Region
Hankins-Joseph
Joseph A. Hankins
Vice President and Director of the Freshwater Institute
Jena C. Meredith
Jena C. Meredith
Vice President, Business Partnerships
Meyers-Erik
Erik J. Meyers
Vice President
ODay-Jodi
Jodi R. O'Day
Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Assistant Secretary
Kelly M. Reed
Kelly M. Reed
Vice President, Government Relations
Sager-Mikki
Mikki J. Sager
Vice President and Director of Resourceful Communities
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Beth Ann Burns
Assistant Secretary
Engle-Elizabeth
Elizabeth Engle
Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary
Hurt-Paul
Paul F. Hurt
Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary
McCants-Megan
Margaret A. McCants
Secretary
Tison-Scott
Scott M. Tison
Assistant Secretary

Staff

National Office

(Arlington, VA)

Alisa Borland
Vice President of Development

Kendra Briechle
Senior Training Associate, Conservation Leadership Network

Beth Ann Burns
Executive Assistant to the Chairman Emeritus

Holly Cannon
Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Claire Robinette Cooney
Senior Major Gifts and Communications Officer

Michael Cox
Controller

Lily G. Engle
Deputy General Counsel

Richard L. Erdmann
Executive Vice President

Joyce Ferrell
Director, Human Resources and Administration

Carrie Gombos
Director of Carbon Compliance, Go Zero

Reggie Hall
Director, Land Conservation Loans

Alterra Hetzel
Forest Business Development Manager, Go Zero

Kelly Ingebritson
Senior Representative, Government Relations

Patricia Kelmartin
Assistant Controller

Frances H. Kennedy
Director, Historic Lands Program, Consultant

Dagny Leonard
Marketing and Communications Specialist

Hazel Mayers
Receptionist

Meg McCants
Conservation Acquisition Department Manager and Secretary to the Board of Directors

Raiza D. McCutchan
Assistant Controller

Erik Meyers
Vice President

Carolyn McCoy
Senior Paralegal

Robin Murphy
Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Patrick F. Noonan
Chairman Emeritus

Daisy S. Perez
Staff Accountant

Ainsley M. Pittman
Development Manager

David K. Phillips Jr.
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Rachel Poor
Major Gifts Manager

Kelly M. Reed
Vice President and Director, Government Relations

Wendy Sams
Chief Information Officer

Lawrence A. Selzer
President and CEO

Ann Simonelli
Media Relations Director

Kaitlyn Sipos
Database Specialist

Stacia Stanek
Senior Representative, Government Relations

Wendy Taylor
Director of Strategic Giving

Scott M. Tison
Conservation Acquisition Legal Manager

Renee Washington
Human Resources and Administration Assistant

Lesley White-Kayser
Development Systems Manager

Conservation Acquisition Directors

Mark Elsbree
Senior Vice President and Western Director, Conservation Acquisition

Blaine Phillips
Senior Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, Conservation Acquisition

Matthew Sexton
Senior Vice President and Southeast Regional Director, Conservation Acquisition

Alaska

Brad A. Meiklejohn
Alaska State Director, Conservation Acquisition

Glenn Elison
Alaska Representative, Conservation Acquisition

Christopher Little
Alaska State Associate, Conservation Acquisition

California

Chris Kelly
California State Director, Conservation Acquisition

Jena Thompson Meredith
Vice President, Business Partnerships

Scott Ferguson
Director of Southern California Programs, Conservation Acquisition

Lauren A. Fety
Forest Analyst

Olivia Fiori
Forest Technician

Margery Hoppner
Bookkeeper

Scott Kelly
Timberlands Manager

Holly Newberger
North Coast Program Coordinator

Madison Thomson
Registered Professional Forester

Colorado

Sydney S. Macy
Senior Vice President and Colorado State Director, Conservation Acquisition

Christine Quinlan
Western Field Representative, Conservation Acquisition

Thomas T. Macy
Western Representative, Conservation Acquisition, Consultant

Elizabeth Slokar
Office Manager

Delaware

Blaine Phillips
Senior Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, Conservation Acquisition

Florida

Matthew Sexton
Senior Vice President and Southeast Regional Director, Conservation Acquisition

Lauren Day
Florida Representative, Conservation Acquisition

Todd McNew
Florida Representative, Conservation Acquisition

Georgia

Andrew Schock
Georgia State Director, Conservation Acquisition

Stacy Funderburke
Southeast Region Assistant; Regional Counsel; and Conservation Acquisition Associate

Shannon Lee
Georgia and Tennessee State Associate, Conservation Acquisition

Idaho

Mark Elsbree
Senior Vice President and Western Director, Conservation Acquisition

Louisiana

Ray S. Herndon
Director, Central Gulf and Lower Mississippi River Region, Conservation Acquisition

Sarah Howard
Central Gulf Region Representative, Conservation Acquisition

Kansas

Ginevera Moore
Midwest Field Representative, Conservation Acquisition

 

Maryland

Bill Crouch
Maryland State Director, Conservation Acquisition

Jodi R. O’Day
Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Assistant Secretary

Eileen M. Falatach
Administrative Assistant

Amelia Matthews
Paralegal

Strategic Conservation Planning (MD office)

Ted Weber
Science Manager, Strategic Conservation

Michigan

Peg Kohring
Midwest Regional Director, Conservation Acquisition

Michael T. Kelly
Director, Great Lakes Office, Conservation Acquisition

Danielle D. Casavant
Senior Major Gifts Officer (Lansing)

Lauri Lindquist
Midwest Office Project Assistant

Minnesota

Thomas Duffus
Vice President, Midwest Region and Northeast Representative, Conservation Acquisition

Steve Hobbs
Minnesota State Director, Conservation Acquisition

Clint Miller
Midwest Project Director, Conservation Acquisition

Emilee S. Nelson
Representative, Conservation Acquisition


Montana

Gates Watson
Montana and Northwest Director, Conservation Acquisition

Nevada

Mike Ford
Nevada and Southwest Director, Conservation Acquisition

Barry Stubbs
Conservation Acquisition Associate

New Mexico

Whitney Flanagan
Creative Director

North Carolina

Bill Holman
North Carolina State Director

Justin Boner
North Carolina Director, Conservation Acquisition

Paul F. Hurt
Deputy General Counsel

Bethany Olmstead
Midwest Conservation Manager, Conservation Acquisition and Working Forest Fund

David Proper
Urban Program Director, Conservation Acquisition

Renee Williams
Office Manager

Natural Capital Investment Fund (NC Office)

Rick Larson
Senior Vice President and Director of Strategic Initiatives, Natural Capital Investment Fund

Anna Tefft
Senior Vice President and Director of Lending, , Natural Capital Investment Fund

Quinn Coleman
Credit Analyst, Natural Capital Investment Fund

Erika McGilley
Western North Carolina Business Lender, Natural Capital Investment Fund

Resourceful Communities Headquarters (NC)

Mikki Sager
Vice President and Director, Resourceful Communities

Kathleen Marks
Associate Director, Resourceful Communities

Monica McCann
Associate Director, Resourceful Communities

Ricky Bratz
Healthy Eating, Active Living Coordinator, Resourceful Communities

Cynthia Brown
Specialist, Resourceful Communities

Ammie Jenkins
Executive Director, Sandhills Family Heritage Association

Jesalyn Keziah
Community Food Coordinator, Resourceful Communities

Donna F. Pratt
Event and Project Coordinator, Resourceful Communities

Julius Tillery
Food and Farm Field Coordinator, Resourceful Communities

Strategic Conservation Planning, National Headquarters (NC)

William L. Allen
Vice President, Director, Strategic Conservation Planning

Jazmin Varela
Information Manager, Strategic Conservation Planning

Working Forest Fund, National Headquarters (NC)

Brian Dangler
Vice President, Director, Working Forest Fund

Trevor Cutsinger
Forest Operations Manager, Working Forest Fund

Buck Vaughan
Manager, Forest Financial Planning and Analysis, Working Forest Fund

David Whitehouse
Forest Operations Manager, Working Forest Fund

Oregon

Evan H. Smith
Senior Vice President, Conservation Ventures

Tom Pinit
Associate, Conservation Ventures

Pennsylvania

Kyle Shenk
Pennsylvania Representative, Conservation Acquisition

Megan Zack
Program Associate

South Carolina

Jason Johnson
South Carolina State Director, Conservation Acquisition

Tennessee

Ralph Knoll
Tennessee Representative, Conservation Acquisition

Texas

Callie Hastings Easterly
Major Gifts Officer

Andy Jones

Texas State Director, Conservation Acquisition

Julie Shackelford
Texas Programs Director, Conservation Acquisition

Julie Covey
Office Manager

Vermont

Nancy Bell
Vermont and New Hampshire State Director, Conservation Acquisition

Washington

Kenny Fahey
Food Ventures Associate

West Virginia

Conservation Leadership Network, National Headquarters (WV)

Kris Hoellen
Senior Vice President, Sustainable Programs and Director, Conservation Leadership Network

Katherine Allen
Program Associate, Conservation Leadership Network

Margarita Carey
Program Associate, Conservation Leadership Network

Freshwater Institute National Headquarters (WV)

Joseph A. Hankins
Vice President and Director, Freshwater Institute

Katherine E. Atkinson
Project Engineer, Freshwater Institute

Shanen A. Cogan
Facility Operations Assistant, Freshwater Institute

John W. Davidson III
Senior Research Associate, Freshwater Institute

C. Frederick Ford II
Facilities Manager, Freshwater Institute

Susan Glenn
Environmental Chemist, Freshwater Institute

Christopher Good
Director of Aquatic Veterinary Research, Freshwater Institute

Carolyn Koldos
Administrative Assistant

Christine Lepine
Research Technician, Freshwater Institute

Travis May
Aquaculture Production Manager, Freshwater Institute

Karen Schroyer
Environmental Laboratory Manager, Freshwater Institute

Michael Schwartz
Senior Environmental Associate, Freshwater Institute

Kata Sharrer
Engineering Technician, Freshwater Institute

Steven Summerfelt
Director of Aquaculture System Research, Freshwater Institute

Scott Tsukuda
Director of Operations, Freshwater Institute

Brian Vinci
Director of Environmental Engineering Services, Freshwater Institute

Wendy Wilson
Project Accountant, Freshwater Institute

Natural Capital Investment Fund Headquarters (WV)

Marten Jenkins
President and CEO, Natural Capital Investment Fund

Rosalind L. Black
Senior Accountant, Natural Capital Investment Fund

Robert Keel
Loan Fund Administrator, Natural Capital Investment Fund

David McCann
Central Appalachia Business Lender, Natural Capital Investment Fund

Kevin O'Connor
West Virginia Business Lender, Natural Capital Investment Fund

Hannah Vargason
Energy Project Manager, Natural Capital Investment Fund

Wisconsin

David Grusznski
Program Director, Greenseams Program

Angie Jackson
Project Coordinator, Greenseams Program

Wyoming

Mark Elsbree
Senior Vice President and Western Director, Conservation Acquisition

 

Our Supporters

The Conservation Fund gratefully acknowledges the gifts made from the following corporations, foundations, individuals and organizations. With your support, we have saved 7.5 million acres of America’s treasured lands and waterways since 1985.

$1 Million +

  • Apple
  • Mt. Cuba Center Inc.
  • Richard King Mellon Foundation
  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
  • Fred and Alice Stanback Jr.
“I love The Conservation Fund's mission, but I appreciate the way it does business for two reasons. First, it keeps administrative costs low. And second, donors aren't hounded for more money. These things matter because it means more of our money goes toward the mission. Thank you for doing it the right way!”

– Amanda Boyers, Donor since 2009

$500,000 - $999,999

  • Anonymous
  • HSBC Bank USA
  • John M. Kauffmann
  • Brad and Shelli Stanback
  • U-Haul International, Inc.

$100,000 - $499,999

  • Anonymous (5)
  • The Allerton Foundation
  • Atlantic Salmon Federation
  • Bay Area Community Foundation
  • The Bingham Trust
  • BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina Foundation
  • Mary Catherine Bunting
  • Brunckhorst Foundation
  • C&S Wholesale Grocers
  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  • Colcom Foundation
  • CSX Corp.
  • Tim and Tina Delaney
  • The Dow Chemical Co.
  • The Duke Endowment
  • Duke Water Resources Fund
  • Gilman Ordway 2009 Charitable Lead Trust
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation
  • Houston Endowment Inc.
  • Sherrie A. Inness
  • Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
  • Knobloch Family Foundation
  • Land Trust for Central North Carolina
  • Oak Foundation
  • Suzanne E. Otto
  • Pisces Foundation
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
  • Shikar Safari Club International Foundation
  • Eric and Barrie Stokes
  • Harold and Betty Unger
  • U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities
  • Wallace Genetic Foundation
  • David and Rachel Weidman
  • Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc.
“Together, Apple and The Conservation Fund are permanently protecting over 36,000 acres of working forest in the eastern U.S. This is the beginning of a worldwide effort, one that represents a new approach as Apple reassesses its impact on the world’s paper supply chain.”

– Lisa Jackson, Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Apple

$50,000 - $99,999

  • Anonymous
  • The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
  • Beaverdale Foundation
  • Dell Inc.
  • Fair Play Foundation
  • James and Lauren Whitehurst Family Charitable Trust
  • Jane's Trust
  • Joe C. Davis Foundation
  • Land Rover Portland
  • The McKnight Foundation
  • New Venture Fund
  • Open Space Institute
  • Timothy D. Sweeney
  • Turner Foundation Inc.
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

$10,000 - $49,999

  • Anonymous (4)
  • American Conservation Association
  • David H. Anderson
  • Michael and Susan Arneson
  • Beazley USA Services Inc.
  • Riley and Susan Bechtel
  • The BPB and HBB Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. Kenton Brown
  • Judith M. Buechner
  • The Bunting Family Foundation
  • Charles Reed Cherington and Ashley S. Pettus
  • Steven and Alexi Conine
  • The Cook Family Foundation
  • Cross Charitable Foundation
  • Dallas Safari Club
  • Davis Conservation Foundation
  • Carol J. Dietrich
  • Phyllis L. Dixon
  • Louisa C. Duemling
  • Rufus H. Duncan Jr.
  • William C. Eisenhauer
  • Ellice and Rosa McDonald Foundation Inc.
  • FAR 4R Research Fund
  • Felburn Foundation
  • Elizabeth L. Flexer
  • Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina
  • Freshpet
  • The Fund for Second Nature
  • Gaiam, Inc.
“Our relationship with The Conservation Fund and Resourceful Communities has been the keystone of our success. They helped us overcome the social barriers that were hindering us, and put a 25-acre farm that had been in an African-American family for over 150 years back into production for the first time in 20 years. The owner had fought to keep that 25 acres and now it is in production and providing healthy food and sustainability for the community.”

– Reverend Richard Joyner, Founder and Board Chair, Conetoe Family Life Center
  • The George B. Storer Foundation
  • George L. Ohrstrom Jr. Foundation
  • A. Gileski
  • Robert and Suzi Given
  • John K. Greene
  • Hancock Natural Resource Group Inc.
  • Vaughan Hedrick
  • Katrina B. Heinrich-Steinberg
  • Hillsdale Fund Inc.
  • The Hugh Kaul Foundation
  • Jane Smith Turner Foundation
  • Jelks Family Foundation Inc.
  • David Jenkins
  • Richard and Mary Jurmain
  • Nicholas Lapham
  • Kurt Leuthold
  • Luke Lynch Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole
  • Lux Foundation Inc.
  • Frederick and Judith Mancheski
  • Bob and Betsy Manger
  • Greg McCourt
  • Momentum Group
  • Peter C. and Martha F. Morse
  • Thruston and Patricia Morton
  • Muley Fanatic Foundation
  • The Nathan P. Jacobs Foundation
  • New Jersey Natural Gas
  • The North Face
  • The Open Society Institute
  • Orton Foundation LLC
  • The Orvis Co. Inc.
  • Overhills Foundation
  • Park Pride Atlanta
  • The Partnership Foundation
  • Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation
  • Protective Life Foundation
  • Scott Randell
  • R. Howard Dobbs Jr. Foundation
  • David G. Ritchey
  • Robert J. Ritchie
  • The Robert P. Rotella Foundation
  • The Robertson Foundation
  • Mr. Olof Röstlund and Dr. Emily Röstlund
  • Sacharuna Foundation
  • The Sarah I. Schieffelin Residuary Trust
  • Marion S. Searle
  • Sam M. Shine
  • South Hampton Resources Inc.
  • Suggs Family Foundation
  • SunTrust Bank
  • Susan Mott Webb Charitable Trust
  • Amelia C. Tate
  • Ellen Temple
  • Owen D. and Jennifer B. Thomas
  • TIF Foundation
  • Tim and Karen Hixon Foundation
  • T.L.L. Temple Foundation
  • Trombetta Family Foundation
  • Turner Foundation Inc.
  • Paul J. Volpe
  • Waste Connections of Alaska
  • Waterfall Foundation
  • William Howard Flowers Jr. Foundation Inc.
  • Matt and Margaret Winkler
  • Ryan Wise and Leslie Brunner

$5,000 - $9,999

  • Anonymous
  • Scott and Mary Kay Ausenhus
  • Anne H. Averett
  • Michael and Kathleen Barth
  • Roger A. Bell
  • The Betterment Fund
  • James Bodner and Victoria Greenfield
  • Brown Investment Advisory & Trust Co.
  • Andrew T. Burns
  • Holly Cannon and John Guttmann
  • Todd and Susan Carter
  • Stanley and Susan Casto
  • Chevron Corp.
  • Clayton Fund Inc.
  • ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc.
  • Consumers Energy Foundation
  • The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation
  • Danem Foundation
  • Ben and Amanda Dillon
  • Direct Energy
  • Due East Real Estate & Property Management
  • Marcy and Gene Elsbree
  • Emkay Inc.
  • Family and Beyond Philanthropic Fund
  • Howard I. Fischer
  • Spencer Frasher
  • G2 Foundation
  • Paul Hagen and Christine Jahnke
  • Anita and John Howell
  • Wilson and Nancy Hughes
  • Integra Realty Resources
  • David and Carolyn Johnston
  • The Julian Price Family Foundation
  • Kleinschmidt Associates
  • Leanin' Tree
  • MaCher
  • Terry and Constance Marbach
  • The MBA-Nonprofit Connection
  • Richard and Shirley McDonald
  • The Merrill Foundation
  • Morrison & Foerster
  • Munchery Inc.
  • New Belgium Brewing Co.
  • New Cycle Foundation
  • Mike and Trina Overlock
  • Park Avenue Charitable Fund
  • Gregory and Amanda Pearce
  • Bonnie Pence
  • Sally Pian and Ira Silverman
  • Riverledge Foundation
  • Gary Roberts and Barbara Parish
  • Ruth Covo Family Foundation
  • Frank and Dawn Saul III
  • SEAT Planners Inc.
  • Truman T. Semans
  • Daniel Shapiro
  • James and Janna Shennan
  • Steve and Martha Hixon Family Foundation
  • Jon Subak
  • Mr. and Mrs. William H. Suter
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation
  • Upper Green Muley Fanatic Foundation
  • The Walt Disney Co.
  • Ray Wilber and Cathy Dwigans
  • Jay and Louisa Winthrop
  • John and Libby Winthrop
“Conservation has been a core interest of the Richard King Mellon Foundation since its founding. We are pleased to have had such a strong partnership with The Conservation Fund for over 30 years. From Gettysburg and Antietam to the Grand Canyon—and with their newest initiative, conserving the best of the nation's large forested landscapes—we work together to protect America's magnificent land legacy. We are honored to have been part of the extraordinary growth of The Conservation Fund, and we look forward to expanding on our efforts to date.”

– Scott Izzo, Director, Richard King Mellon Foundation

$1,000 - $4,999

  • Anonymous (15)
  • Thomas and Cassandra Abeln
  • ABR Inc.
  • Adam T. Abraham
  • Katharine Abraham and Graham Horkley
  • Admiral Real Estate Services Corp.
  • Lindsay S. Alger
  • William and Tiffany Allen
  • American Public Land Exchange Co. Inc.
  • Catherine H. Anderson
  • Judith and Roger Anderson
  • Rebecca C. Anderson
  • Wendy and Dave Andrews
  • Ryan Arbogast and Angela Cook
  • Douglas N. Arnold
  • Kay K. Arnold
  • Atlassian Inc.
  • Aqua America Inc.
  • Robert and Margaret Ayres
  • Ray B. Baldwin
  • Solomon Barnett
  • Vicki A. Baroco
  • Vivian Barron
  • Allison and Daniel Baskes
  • Frank Beidler IV
  • Bella Figura Letterpress Invitations
  • Mr. Chuck Bellock
  • Paul F. and Henrietta B. Bente
  • Chris Bentzel
  • David and Nicole Berger
  • Dr. and Mrs. A. David Bernanke
  • Greta and Brad Bertinot
  • Catherine Bettcher and Praveen Dayalu
  • BioFire Diagnostics LLC
  • Duncan and Maria Blair
  • William and Corinne Blakley
  • Karl and Rita Bongarten
  • Robin Boyer
  • Jayson and Mandy Boyers
  • BP Exploration AK Inc.
  • Richard and Darla Bramwell
  • Lisa A. Brenskelle
  • Dallas L. Broadway
  • Kathryn Brown
  • Matthew Brown
  • Matthew Brown and Sandra Lopez
  • Sam and Geanie Callahan
  • Jeffrey and Linda Carbiener
  • Carl Family Foundation
  • Eric Carlton
  • David K. Carrington
  • Danielle Casavant
  • Eric and Suzanne Cheek
  • Brian and Sally Chess
  • Christofer Chiappa and Keila Blanco
  • Ray and Marian Christensen
  • William Chudd and Gretchen Hoffmann
  • Michelle Cihla
  • Chris and Amy Clifford
  • Linda Benedict Colvin
  • Conservation Trust for North Carolina
  • Gina M. Cornick
  • Gregory and Mary Jo Cote
  • George M. Covington
  • John D. Cowden
  • Gary and Beverly Cox
  • Peter C. Crary
  • Karen Crennan and Allen Toman
  • John E. Crockenberg
  • Christian Crowley
  • Scott and Renae Croy
  • Dr. and Mrs. Richard Culatta
  • Harry and Rose Cullen
  • Edwin and Kirsten Cutler
  • Elizabeth R. Cutler
  • Judy Danish and Miles Greenbaum
  • Gail Danto and Arthur Roffey
  • Max de La Bruyere
  • Luis A. de la Garza
  • Richard and Bonnie Denton
  • The Denver Foundation
  • John W. DeVore
  • Henry and Elizabeth Diamond
  • The Dickson Foundation Inc.
  • Kay M. Diederich
  • Ruth L. Dix
  • Cynthia and Bradley Domonoske
  • Melanie Dorsey and Dan Standish
  • Doyon Ltd.
  • Trevor Drake and Anne Albright
  • Drummond Company Inc.
  • Jerry and Nancy Duncan
  • Ronald A. Duncan
  • Sylvia A. Earle
  • Walt Ebell and Dianna Gentry
  • David Edelson
  • Teon E. Edwards
  • Stephen and Marilyn Elbert
  • Glenn and Denice Elison
  • Tom and Kate Ellis
  • Brian and Marie Epstein
  • Richard L. Erdmann and Dawn MacPhee
  • Erna and Isaac Stern Foundation Inc.
  • Todd and Svetlana Esposito
  • Thomas A. Everitt
  • William B. Fagan
  • Jennifer Fairchild
  • Fanwood Foundation-West
  • Brent H. Farmer
  • Steven B. Farmer
  • Nathan Faulkner and Julia Burdick
  • Bert A. Feliksik
  • Gary M. Felker
  • Carol Fendler
  • George and Rita Fenwick
  • Mary Fillmore and Joanna Rankin
  • Thomas M. and Barbara C. Florack
  • Betsy Franz
  • Mark Freitag
  • Winrich Freiwald
  • Joyce and Roy Gamse
  • Joseph Geierman
  • Douglas A. Gentile
  • Gilbert-Wroten Fund
  • Jim and Lucia Gilliland
  • Gisela Houseman Donor Advised Fund of the Foundation for Southeast Texas
  • John C. Giuffrida Jr.
  • GIV Mobile
  • Julie Gladsjo
  • Glatfelter Co.
  • Rick and Alice Godfrey
  • Goetze's Candy Co. Inc.
  • Jessica L. Goldberg
  • Teresa Golden
  • Mr. and Mrs. Steven Gorton
  • The Grace Jones Richardson Trust
  • Gary Grainger and Shirleen Smith
  • In Honor Of Mrs. William Grant
  • Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Grant III
  • David Gray
  • Green Diamond Resource Co.
  • In Memory Of Steve Greenland
  • Steven Greim
  • Jason and Anne-Marie Grim
  • Whitney Hamlin
  • John W. Hanes Jr. and Elizabeth M. Hanes
  • Sue Hanley
  • Jessie M. Harris
  • David Harrison and Joyce Millen
  • Susan O. Hart
  • Larry T. Hegland
  • Adam Hellebrand
  • Trey Henderson
  • Eveleen Henry and Allen J. Smith
  • Troy J. Hickman
  • Selena Hiett
  • Lorraine and Harley Higbie
  • William and Barbara Hildreth
  • Daniel M. Hinkle
  • Alexander Hinz
  • Robert and Caroline Hoag
  • Margaret S. Hoffman
  • William E. Holman
  • Pieter Hondius
  • Stan and Loni Hooley
  • Amy Futa Horn
  • Douglas R. Horne
  • Wilson Hsieh and Mingqian Huang
  • Fred and Charlotte Hubbell Foundation
  • Brian C. Huberty
  • Adam and Patricia Hunninghake
  • The i.d.e.a. Brand
  • Kenneth and Krisztina Inskeep
  • David Jackson
  • The Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation
  • LouAnn Jacobson and Robert Ball
  • Robert James
  • Jim Jansen
  • Jamie Jarvis
  • Mrs. Marten R. Jenkins
  • Georgia Jeppesen and Skylar Jeppesen Benedict
  • The J.H. Baroco Foundation Inc.
  • Thad and Suzy Johnson
  • John A. Johnston
  • James and Mary Joseph
  • Justin Joyner and Chris Sams
  • Eric and Cindy Kalman
  • Bharat Kalyanpur
  • Dale S. Kammerlohr
  • Robert S. Katz
  • Elizabeth Keating and Will O'Brien
  • Keller Benefit Services Inc.
  • Richard and Mary Kelly
  • Frances Kennedy
  • Rich and Denise Kerns
  • Kerrigan, Estess, Rankin, McLeod & Thompson LLP
  • Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Key
  • Michael Kilian and Valerie Hurley
  • Adam J. Klein
  • Thomas Klitgaard
  • Ralph Knoll and Kim Barber
  • Tony and Susan Knowles
  • Martin F. Koessel
  • Margaret A. Kohring
  • C.J. Kotler
  • Mark and Leslie Kroloff
  • Thomas Kyle
  • Chris Lacinak
  • Dennis and Kristen LaCroix
  • Eseng Lai
  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Laird Jr.
  • Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Lang
  • Robert and Esther Langley
  • Randall W. Larrimore
  • Alexander M. and Judith W. Laughlin
  • Kirk C. and Kathleen E. Leadbetter
  • Leslie B. Lee
  • Hyung-Il Lee
  • John M. Legg
  • Douglas Leith
  • William and Kristine Lennon
  • Leonard and Elaine Silverstein Family Foundation
  • Michael and Michelle Leonard
  • Matthew Levie and Kimberly Scearce-Levie
  • Max Levy
  • Carl and Martha Lindner
  • Kenneth E. Lipson
  • Robert Litzke
  • Peter B. Locke
  • Christine and Dan Long
  • Jim Lovell and Adelle Treakle
  • John and Mary Lowber
  • Charles and Carly Lusky
  • Bruckner and Luzietti Family
  • Lyme Forest Fund LP
  • David O. MacKenzie
  • Paul and Diane Makley
  • Randall P. Mariger
  • John and Mary Marshall
  • Barry Martin and Lee Nettke-Martin
  • Mary Kay Inc.
  • Stephanie Mason
  • Royceann Mather
  • Mark D. McBride
  • Charles and Carol McCullough
  • Harry McDonald
  • Marc C. McGeever
  • Katherine A. McKittrick
  • Arla McMillan
  • Dennis and Barbara McNeely
  • George Mead and Susan Feith Mead
  • Meshewa Farm Foundation
  • Erik and Claire Meyers
  • Kincaid and Allison Mills
  • Monsanto Co.
  • Mary Moore
  • Georgina A. Moreno
  • Andrea and Matthew Morrison
  • Jim Morrison
  • Bruno J. Moschetta
  • Michael R. Munsell
  • Alexander and Joohee Muromcew
  • Deron and Xenia Murphy
  • Kerry J. Murphy
  • Marcie and Robert Musser
  • Paul Nagai
  • Travis and Mink Neely
  • Network For Good
  • Mr. and Mrs. Patrick F. Noonan
  • Joseph P. and Rebecca B. O'Brien
  • Ocean Ledges Fund of the Maine Community Foundation
  • Daniel O'Connell
  • Karen S. Oles
  • Mr. and Mrs. George D. O'Neill
  • Charles J. Orella
  • Carlton Owen
  • John Owens and Karen Sundback
  • Jacqueline Page
  • Peter Papamichael
  • Jeffrey and Annette Patterson
  • Bret and Rebecca Perisho
  • Bob and Janet Petersen
  • Louise Pfister
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Howard and Jean Poe
  • The Polk County Community Foundation
  • Joseph C. Poole
  • Hilda M. Porro PA
  • Prairie Foundation
  • Premiere TV Inc.
  • The Prentice Foundation Inc.
  • Property and Environment Research Center
  • Michael A. Psaki
  • Edward and Meghan Quinn
  • Mitchell and Kathy Racoosin
  • Julie M. Ralph
  • Ed Rasmuson
  • Gregory and Sandy Rasp
  • Daniel Ratner
  • Joshua Ratner and Hannah Koenker
  • Nathaniel P. Reed
  • Lisa Regul and Rand Hawkins
  • Jay H. Reiziss
  • Rendle Family Foundation
  • John D. Richardson
  • Jeremy and Anna Richmon
  • David and Denise Richter
  • Ariel L. Rideout
  • Bill Riffle and Ruann Ernst
  • Richard and Julie Rimer
  • Margaret E. Ringia Hart
  • Richard and Juanita Ritland
  • Riverview Plantation Inc.
  • RMF Family Fund Inc.
  • Stephen and Lisa Robertson
  • David Rockefeller
  • Rosemore Inc.
  • Rachel S. Rosen
  • Robert Rothhouse
  • Carole Rush and Richard Andler
  • Robert O. and Joan E. Rushton
  • Russell and Frieda De Yong Foundation
  • Michael and Avery Sadoff
  • James Safranek and Julie Leader
  • Mikki Sager
  • Hunter and Karen Saklad
  • Mary Sanger
  • Kevin and Nancy Schultz
  • William and Debra Schultz
  • Porter and Laurisa Schutt
  • Stuart and Anne Scott
  • Martin E. Segal
  • The Selfridge Family Foundation
  • Larry and Rossi Selzer
  • Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Shelton
  • Sarah Sinha
  • James and Christina Siva
  • James S. Sligar and Diana M. Sattelberger
  • E. LaVerne Smith and Rick Trois
  • James A. and Valerie K. Smith
  • Alison Soldano
  • South Carolina Conservation Credit Exchange
  • Horton and Juli Spitzer
  • Troy and Lisa St. Onge
  • Stanhagen Consulting LLC
  • William D. Stanhagen
  • Rebecca Stecker
  • Robert P. Stockman
  • Matthew D. Stone
  • Connie Strobbe and Carter De Werd
  • Barry and Cindy Stubbs
  • Sumner Gerard Foundation
  • David A. Surrey
  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative
  • Carol Swarts
  • Joseph H. Swartz
  • Don Swenholt and Kristina Harper
  • Mrs. Thomas E. Taplin
  • Ken and Pat Thompson
  • Steve and Renée Thompson
  • William Thompson
  • Grady A. Tibboel
  • Stephen and Linda Tillinghast
  • Kit Tilly
  • Cameron Tomele
  • TPG Capital
  • C. Gabriel Traupman
  • Janet H. Triplett
  • Patricia Troncoso and William Pugh
  • John and Mary Kay Turner
  • Daniel and Bridget Unger
  • Gale E. Unterberg
  • Dirk and Clare Van Doren
  • Dave Vermeulen
  • David and Ellen Wagner
  • Wagner Forest Management Ltd.
  • David Wahl
  • Christopher and Jaclyn Wahlers
  • Wahoos Family Foundation
  • Andy and Sherry Walker
  • Denise and Michael Walker
  • Susan and Marc Wallace
  • Diane and Mark Warren
  • Susan and Michael Watson
  • Bo Wei
  • Georgia E. Welles
  • Dewey W. Wells
  • Lucy A. Weston
  • Rick Weyerhaeuser and Anne C. Brewster
  • Dale and Ila Wiersma
  • Mr. and Mrs. James and Raylene Wilborn
  • William C. and Joyce C. O'Neil Charitable Trust
  • Margaret D. Williams
  • Wendy S. Williams
  • Julia Ryan Wills and Matthew B. Wills
  • John and Ashley Wilson
  • Marcia S. Wilson
  • Marillyn B. Wilson
  • Richard and Terri Wojahn
  • Albert and Michele Woodroof
  • Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods
  • Samuel Woodworth
  • William J. and Denise L. Wozencraft
  • Scott and Aloha Wyse
  • Jeffrey Zarbo