January 24, 2014 -  

Six Danbury-Area Land Trusts Form the
Northern Fairfield Land Trust Coalition To
Share Services And Build Capacity


Six area land trusts announced today that
they have signed a Memorandum of
Understanding to create a shared service
platform to expand their current administrative
and operating capacities.  The land trusts -
Bethel Land Trust, Brookfield Open Space
Legacy, The Land Trust of Danbury, New
Fairfield Land Trust,
Newtown Forest Association and
The Land Conservancy of Ridgefield - have
called their association The Northern
Fairfield Land Trust Coalition (NFLTC).  

To facilitate the start of the initiative, a donor advised fundholder of the Fairfield County Community Foundation (FCCF) and
another private foundation have awarded the land trusts grants to inaugurate the shared service process.  In addition, the land
trusts are all contributing funds to the coalition efforts.  “We are pleased to fund this model program in Connecticut that will
expand administrative and fund raising capacity for smaller, volunteer-based nonprofit land trusts,” stated Karen R. Brown,
Vice President of Programs at the Fairfield County Community Foundation.

One year ago the six Danbury-area nonprofit land preservation organizations met to explore ways to build capacity. They agreed
to form The Northern Fairfield Land Trust Coalition recognizing that they are all volunteer-based and have limited staff, which
makes some of the basic operations such as fundraising, community outreach, stewardship and efforts toward accreditation
particularly challenging.  

Guy Peterson, treasurer of the Newtown Forest Association and Chairman of NFLTC said, “The Newtown Forest Association is
proud to be part of this project.  Like the other land trusts that we are partnering with, the expertise necessary to further our
common missions are varied and diverse.  We can use our combined size to attract better resources and possibly at a lower
cost.”

With the funds awarded from FCCF, the six land trusts will be able to hire independent contractors to provide shared services
such as fundraising, community outreach (i.e., newsletter preparation, etc.), land management and stewardship, and
documentation management (i.e., ensuring titles, deeds, and monitoring sheets, etc. are being recorded and managed.)  The
shared services support will be based on the needs of each land trust. By pooling resources and working together, the land
trusts will become stronger individually and collectively -- with the potential to work together more closely in the future.  The
six land trusts will continue to raise funds for this and other initiatives to fund their missions and individuals are invited to visit
their respective websites.  

Northern Fairfield Land Trust Coalition is grateful to the Fairfield County Community Foundation and other funders for
recognizing this important need within our local conservation community.  The FCCF is well established in promoting the
growth of our community and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life throughout Fairfield County. The FCCF
welcomes individuals, families, corporations and organizations to establish their own charitable funds through FCCF or
contribute to existing funds focused on specific areas in Fairfield County. The Foundation also provides philanthropic advisory
services, and develops and leads initiatives to tackle critical community issues. The Foundation has awarded over $151 million
in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit www.fccfoundation.org.


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