The Rally Call for Presentations will open on January 3, 2020.
Overarching Themes for Proposals
The issues and opportunities land trusts are faced with 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 2020, the host committee in Portland is thinking about two cross-cutting themes. These themes can stand alone but in many instances they are related. As land trusts, how might we think about how to plan, engage, adapt, mitigate and respond to address these themes?
Inclusion: A culture that fosters diversity, equity, support and respect within every facet of organizational services.
Climate Change: Multi-faceted implications of and strategies for a changing climate that range, for example, from science-based conservation planning to hazard mitigation to recovery from natural disasters to plain English communication strategies.
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 over 230 educational hours over a three-day period to approximately 1,800 attendees including nearly 650 First Timers! Rally would not be the success it is, year after year, without the generous help from our knowledgeable faculty. Thank you for 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.