This session will explore the benefits of collaborative efforts to address conservation and housing affordability needs in a community. Conservation and affordable housing groups have common interests: to put development where it belongs and protect land from being developed in ways that do not serve natural resource conservation or housing access/affordability goals. Land trusts can serve new community members by collaborating with and learning from affordable housing organizations. In this session, we will share examples from across the country of different ways that conservation and housing groups have worked together. You will learn about: the range of tools that conservation land trusts and affordable housing organizations can use to support community goals; concepts a land trust needs to know to successfully work with affordable housing organizations; what community land trusts and land banks are; and ideas for how your land trust can identify new partners and advance conservation, housing, and community needs.
This workshop is intended for board members and executive directors to focus on on creating an effective board. We'll start with a brief look at the current nonprofit board model and how we got here,including the basic legal requirements and some of the adverse consequences of this legacy. Then, in peer-to-peer groups and full-group conversation, we’ll do some reflection and reinvention. What’s working or not working about your board’s role? How could you increase the effectiveness and engagement of your board team, to improve performance and make board service more meaningful and satisfying for board leaders and more helpful for your organization? What do nonprofits – particularly nonprofits with professional staff – need from their boards today? Come prepared to share some of your positive and challenging board experiences for peer problem-solving and co-creating some different ways to “board”!