The Rally Call for Presentations has closed.
Thank you to everyone that submitted a proposal! The Alliance will notify applicants about the status of their proposals the week of April 13.
Overarching Themes for Proposals
Land trusts are faced with issues and opportunities that are often complex and require a more comprehensive approach. As we look to the future and consider the long-term resilience and relevance of our land (and water) conservation efforts, what lessons can we share that will help us increase our impact?
For the second time in 2020, we are challenging our presenters to consider incorporating into their sessions two cross-cutting themes that are critical to the future of land conservation. As land trusts, how might we think about how to plan, engage, adapt, mitigate and address these themes?
Inclusion: A culture that fosters diversity, equity, support and respect within every facet of organizational services. Preference will be given to proposals that involve partners as presenters.
Climate Change: Multi-faceted implications of and strategies for a changing climate that range, for example, from nature-based climate solutions on natural and working lands to recovery from natural disasters to effective climate communication strategies for any audience.
Why Submit a Proposal?
Participants tell us that the #1 reason they attend Rally is for the in-person educational sessions. At Rally 2019 in Raleigh, faculty presented 240 educational hours over a three-day period to 1,800 attendees including 640 people that attended Rally for the first time. Rally would not be the success it is, year after year, without the help from our faculty. Thank you for generously giving your time and expertise to strengthen the work of land trusts throughout America. You are an invaluable resource.
“I learned a great deal at Rally. I really appreciated this year’s focus on equity and climate change. I’ve attended a lot of fundraising and communications workshops in the past, so this year I chose to focus on issues outside my job description, but that would benefit my land trust and me in more holistic ways. I think this will make me a more well-rounded employee and help me to better serve our community.”
-Abby Henkel, Sycamore Land Trust (IN)
Seminars are high quality, intensive trainings that delve into important issues in land conservation taught by the top leaders in the field. We select 12-15 seminars which are scheduled for Thursday, October 8. Depending on the topic, these courses typically have a class size limited to 30-70 people for a more personalized learning experience. Participants pay extra to attend seminars which can be either:
• Daylong sessions that are seven hours in length
• Half-day sessions that are four hours long
Workshops are diverse topics taught by the experienced colleagues and experts. Workshops run concurrently within 10 areas of focus. We select approximately 100 workshops which are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10. These trainings are 90 minutes in length and can have anywhere from 20–200 people in attendance. Workshops are included in the basic Rally registration fee and handout materials are posted on alliancerally.org and the Rally App for Alliance members to download.
We are seeking highly interactive and results oriented proposals.