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Project Description

Land Conservation

The Conservation Fund

Established in 1985

Mission Statement: We make conservation work for America by creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense

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Impacts & Achievements:

Some of the highlights

CEO Salary: 0.24% of expenses

  • Delivered green infrastructure plans in 40 states and completed infrastructure network mapping in 19 of those.
  • Donated over 1,500 acres of properties (across the country) to the National Park Service
  • Awarded $3.2 million in grants to community organizations that preserve rural landscape
  • Created and retained more than 3,000 jobs in rural and urban communities through Natural Capital Investment Fund
  • Provided $180 million in bridge financing to partners through Land Conservation Loan program
  • In 2017, 106,949 acres of were protected and land protected, $19,343,486 is the total dollar amount of loans issued

Featured Programs:

How Enterprise Community Partners is making a difference

Conservation Leadership Network:

This is a professional planning and training team that collaborates with community leaders to forge conservation solutions that connect regions and balance goals for nature and commerce that work for the future.

Strategic Conservation Team:

This program develops green infrastructure strategic plans for cities, towns, and states to help leaders incorporate a network of natural lands, working landscapes, and other open spaces that conserve ecosystem values and benefit citizens

Freshwater Institute:

This program focuses on water as a natural resource asset important to ecological function, cultural heritage, and economic opportunity

Land Conservation Loan Program:

Helps local NGOs succeed by providing flexible financing and capacity to easily purchase high-priority lands that come up for sale

Green Business Lending Programs:

This program provides loans to small natural-resource based businesses located in hard-hit geographies, like Appalachia and the Midwest, and provides them with technical assistance to ensure their success. 

Resourceful Communities Program:

This program works with grassroots organizations using a triple bottom line approach that focuses on environmental stewardship, sustainable economic development, and social justice to create opportunities that preserve the rural landscape, lift people out of poverty, and celebrate each community’s unique culture

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