The Rise of the American Conservation Movement: Power, Privilege, and Environmental Protection is Dr. Dorceta E. Taylor's latest book. Released on the 100th year anniversary of the birth of the National Park Service, it chronicles the rise of the conservation ideas and the emergence of the conservation movement. The book discusses how ideas around the protection of wild lands, big game and other wildlife coincided with conflicts around race, class, and gender. Dr. Taylor also explores how the appropriation of land, genocide, slavery, eugenics, and exploitation are tied to conservationism. The book examines how the powerful and privileged developed conservation laws, policies and institutions to protect nature and the disproportionately negative impacts some of these had on the white working class and people of color.
This book also examines the contributions of people of color to environmental protection. It places people of color like Sacagawea, York, Harriett Tubman, Phillis Wheatly, Biddy Mason, and the Buffalo Soldiers who helped to build Yosemite firmly within the conservation narrative. It also examines the quest for exposure to wildlands and open spaces by blacks in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the segregation and discrimination that awaited them in the national parks and other natural spaces.
In this sweeping social history Dorceta E. Taylor examines the emergence and rise of the multi-faceted conservation movement from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century, showing how race, c...
Special offer to our Facebook followers. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to be our guest at the June 8, 4 PM forum with Mike Wilson of Sustainable Prosperity. We're waiving the $20 registration for this event for a limited time only! ... See MoreSee Less
The Sustainability Network acknowledges the Couchiching Conservancy for their generous initiative in taking the Great Lakes Learning Network attendees on a tour of their beautiful conservancy and educating us on the area's history and significance. ... See MoreSee Less
Many productive and fruitful discussions took place at the Great Lakes Learning Network. The Sustainability Network expresses sincere thanks to the Great Lakes Social Network Analysis project advisors for dedicating their time and effort into giving guidance and support, including Jill Ryan (Freshwater Future), Stephanie Smith (Alliance for the Great Lakes), Todd Ambs (Healing Our Waters Coalition), and Lindsay Telfer (Canadian Freshwater Alliance). ... See MoreSee Less
The Sustainability Network is honoured to have the opportunity to host the Great Lakes Learning Network, as part of the Great Lakes Social Network Analysis project. Thank you to Great Lakes conservation leaders who joined us to discuss our research results and plan the next steps to enhance collaboration between organizations working to conserve the Great Lakes. ... See MoreSee Less
Article: Going into Business for Wildlife Conservation from the Stanford Social Innovation Review
To achieve large-scale, long-term success, wildlife conservationists need to think like the private sector and invest in business innovation.
In “Going into Business for Wildlife Conservation”, Gautam Shah claims wildlife conservationists must think like the private sector and invest in business innovation to achieve large-scale, long-term success. Conservation organizations have been successful at slowing environmental destruction, but with accelerating environmental degradation, this is an endless battle. Development of sustainable business models to support large-scale conservation will be a real breakthrough. Shah clarifies that a sustainable business model includes developing new solutions that 1) sell a product or service that the public values, 2) generate revenue which can be directly invested in conservation, 3) do not have a negative environmental impact, and 4) do not rely on donations or grants. Such a model will eliminate the dependency on limited funding.
Shah proposed three initiatives. The first is for conservation NGOs to allocate one to three percent of their yearly budget to experimenting with new business models. The second is for donors to seek opportunities to invest in new business ventures that have conservation impact and potential to preserve wealth. The third is for everyone to start looking at conservation through the eyes of the public, rather than only through the eyes of their own passion. These initiatives will enhance our ability to finance effective programs and truly engage a worldwide audience.
Report: 2016 Digital Outlook Report - Nonprofit Trends and Strategy
Ready, Set, Go! But where are we going? When it comes to digital, what is the role of the leaders at my organization? How should digital influence the staff and skills of my organization? What is “alignment”, and why does it matter to me?
2015 was a banner year for integration, as nonprofits reshaped and retooled to combine traditional (offline) and digital (online) endeavors, acknowledging that in modern marketing, digital shouldn’t exist in isolation. The 2016 Digital Outlook Report contains data from hundreds of organizations across the globe and Care2, hjc, and NTEN have collaborated to bring you this recap of trends and strategies, highlighting best practices and expert insights along the way.
You will find: - Case studies from digital strategy leaders representing organizations of all shapes, sizes, and budgets. - How experts are organizing their teams, getting buy-in and budget, and executing their digital strategy. - A look at digital trends and strategies for nonprofit success in 2016 and beyond.
Reports: Financial Management Guides for Nonprofits
Humanity Financial Management works to strengthen the financial management of non-profit and charitable organizations. They believe that reliable financial processes and improved capacity for financial leadership can make a real difference to the important work of Canada’s non-profit sector and have made available two great guides with this in mind.
Financial Management Roles and Responsibilities presents a financial responsibilities matrix for each financial management position in an organization (Bookkeeper, Controller, CFO, CEO/ED, Treasurer, Board). Many organizations don’t have this many positions – the key point is that most of these roles and responsibilities need to be allocated to someone in all organizations. Check out this 17 page guide from 2015 at: www.humanityfinancial.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Financial-Management-Roles-and-Responsibiliti...
Resiliency is the capacity to respond effectively to change, to adapt successfully to new and unforeseen conditions and circumstances – and to seize opportunity. It’s an essential characteristic of organizations that are built for ongoing success.
In 2013, program officers at the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation began working in partnership with grantees to examine and discuss seven factors that can contribute to organizational resiliency. The resources below were generated through the Foundation’s experience. These tools are being shared to heighten interest in resiliency as an asset for nonprofits operating in a dynamic landscape, and to fuel new conversations regarding the value of resiliency in the context of grantee-grantmaker relationships.
This guide features seven factors that can contribute to organizational resiliency. - Culture of Learning - Talent & Leadership - Context (Outside-in Thinking) - Planning & Execution - Reputation & Communications - Partnerships & Alliances - Financial Footing The factors are presented in a way that can fuel discussion and inform action to strengthen resiliency.
Article: Blumberg's Snapshot of the Canadian Charity Sector 2014
Blumbergs' just released this Snapshot of the Canadian Charity Sector 2014 as part of the Sean Blumberg Transparency Project. This is the fifth snapshot of the Canadian charity sector that has been provided by Blumbergs. The database covers about 84,500 of the 86,000 registered charities in Canada that filed their T3010 for the 2014 year and were processed into CRA’s Charity Listing database by February of 2016.
This spring, WWF-Canada and TELUS are inviting Canadians to share their ideas for action-oriented projects that bring communities closer to nature, helping it thrive. The best ideas will be awarded a Go Wild Community Grant presented by TELUS ranging from $1,000 - $7,000 to bring that project to life. If you have a creative idea to help nature thrive in your community, apply before May 13 and indicate how you would Go Wild and what connecting with nature means to you. Projects are helping forge deeper connections to nature and generating solutions to the challenges facing our planet, starting in their own communities. Go Wild projects across the country are already working to restore habitats, plant community gardens for pollinators, engage youth on environmental issues, and much more.
WWF-Canada and TELUS want you to join us and Go Wild! Go Wild Community Grants will award grants ranging from $1,000 to $7,000 to support creative ideas from Canadians on how to protect, restore, moni...