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Barnstable Land Trust, Inc.

 PO Box 224
 Cotuit, MA 02635
[P] (508) 771-2585
[F] (508) 771-3463
www.BLT.org
[email protected]
Janet Milkman
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INCORPORATED: 1983
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EIN 22-2483963

LAST UPDATED: 06/02/2017
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Barnstable Land Trust is a non-profit, member-supported conservation and land preservation organization. We acquire open space to protect the natural resources of the Town of Barnstable.  BLT holds wildlife habitat, scenic views, wetlands, woodlands, sensitive watershed parcels, forest and other valuable open space in its natural state for the benefit of the community.
 
Founded in 1983, BLT provides a private alternative for land preservation.  As of May 2017, BLT has completed 156 land-saving initiatives and preserved 1,082 acres.

Mission Statement

Barnstable Land Trust is a non-profit, member-supported conservation and land preservation organization. We acquire open space to protect the natural resources of the Town of Barnstable.  BLT holds wildlife habitat, scenic views, wetlands, woodlands, sensitive watershed parcels, forest and other valuable open space in its natural state for the benefit of the community.
 
Founded in 1983, BLT provides a private alternative for land preservation.  As of May 2017, BLT has completed 156 land-saving initiatives and preserved 1,082 acres.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $498,450.00
Projected Expense $494,279.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Land Management
  • Land Preservation
  • Membership Development and Education

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Overview

Mission Statement

Barnstable Land Trust is a non-profit, member-supported conservation and land preservation organization. We acquire open space to protect the natural resources of the Town of Barnstable.  BLT holds wildlife habitat, scenic views, wetlands, woodlands, sensitive watershed parcels, forest and other valuable open space in its natural state for the benefit of the community.
 
Founded in 1983, BLT provides a private alternative for land preservation.  As of May 2017, BLT has completed 156 land-saving initiatives and preserved 1,082 acres.

Background Statement

Barnstable Land Trust (BLT) is a non-profit, member-supported conservation and land preservation organization. We acquire open space to protect the natural resources of the Town of Barnstable.  BLT holds wildlife habitat, scenic views, wetlands, woodlands, sensitive watershed parcels, forest and other valuable open space in its natural state for the benefit of the community. We also work to protect Cape Cod’s sole source aquifer (water supply).

Barnstable Land Trust was founded in 1983.  BLT provides a private alternative for land preservation.  Within two years of its founding, Jaci Barton became Barnstable Land Trust’s first Executive Director.  The environmental movement was just beginning to blossom and the learning curve for the fledgling non-profit was steep.  At that time BLT had preserved less than one acre and had very little money in the bank. 

By the end of 1999, BLT had become the steward of 435 acres - more than one percent of Barnstable's real estate, establishing us as a leading landholder within the community.

Today, Barnstable Land Trust is the steward of 1,082 acres with a healthy balance sheet.  The organization's second Executive Director, Janet Milkman, began her leadership role on January 23, 2017, with extensive experience in nonprofit management, community development, energy and environmental policy and practice.

An established broad base of community support enables BLT to carry out its mission to preserve the open spaces and special places of Barnstable.

Impact Statement

Accomplishments:

1)     Completed the “Keep Lowell Park Green!” land saving initiative, purchasing 19 wooded acres on December 18, 2015. This broad-based community project was supported by more than 1600 contributions of all sizes, including the Town of Barnstable Community Preservation Act and Cotuit Fire District.  The 19 wooded acres in Cotuit:

- surround an environmental and cultural treasure,
- protect Cotuit’s Wellfield #3;
- are up-gradient of a coastal estuary;
- line a scenic roadway;
- are considered habitat for rare species; and
- are the southern anchor of an 800-acre greenbelt.

2)     BLT Partnered with the Native Land Conservancy, Inc. (NLC) on the nonprofit’s first acquisition, by holding a perpetual conservation restriction (CR) that permanently protects the 1.37 acres off Shoot Flying Hill Road on the Barnstable/Centerville line.

3)     $115,000 was raised at BLT’s Annual Gifts from the Sea fundraiser held July 19 2015. 

4)     Completed the Circo Land Acquisition after nearly a decade. With resolve of a 9-1/2 year title dispute, .12 acres on Circo Pond in Hyannis was donated and has now been “remarried” to the 5.58 acres of freshwater marsh, originally donated to BLT on December 29, 2005!



Needs Statement

1)     BLT is currently the steward of 1,082 acres that safeguard coastal resources and Cape Cod’s sole source aquifer. We are increasingly aware of the need to redouble our efforts to manage the lands entrusted to our care (need full-time land management coordinator).

2)     In order to continue current land preservation efforts, BLT needs to reach out to landowners, existing donors and members and potential donors and members. An expanded educational component is key (part-time outreach and event coordinator).

3)     Increase capacity to raise funds for operations, especially BLT’s Green Fund - a fund dedicated to preserving land.


CEO Statement

Barnstable Land Trust is the only organization in the Town of Barnstable that works solely to protect our community’s vital natural resources. With a staff of 4, BLT undertakes major land saving initiatives that often require significant sums to purchase critical resource areas. In recent years as the economy ebbs, Barnstable Land Trust has been offered some amazing opportunities. We need to continue strengthening our capacity to save the land that is so vital to the protection of our natural resources.

At 62 square miles, Barnstable is the 2ndlargest town in the Commonwealth. Cape Cod Bay is our northern boundary. We are bordered by Nantucket Sound in the south. Our unique topography is scattered with lakes, ponds and streams that are all interconnected with our groundwater – our only source of drinking water. Our sole source aquifer feeds the streams that provide fresh water to our harbors and estuaries. 

Barnstable’s year round population of 45,000 swells in summer to nearly 130,000 residents and visitors most of whom flock to our waterways on hot summer days. It is after all what people expect to do on Cape Cod.

But our water resources are under stress. Back in the 60’s and 70’s when we did our community planning we didn’t know that every septic system built in the ensuing decades was going to add pollutants to our groundwater. Today the water quality of many of our public drinking wells, lakes, ponds and estuaries is in serious decline.

In an attempt preserve community character and reverse the adverse impacts already evident,communities Cape-wide are looking at expensive, politically unpopular long-range options such as installing sewers and sewer treatment facilities. Each solution carries its own set of challenges and many solutions have time-lines that are likely to take decades to implement. 

So while scientists, regulators and other authorities propose sewers and new conservation measures, Barnstable Land Trust is taking immediate action locally to preserve water resources by preserving land in its natural state. 

Saving land not only protects our water resources, it also provides wildlife habitat, protects scenic vistas and preserves community character. And it provides sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

BLT has a good working relationship with local government but as local and state funds dwindle and competition becomes fiercer, we find ourselves scrambling to find the funds necessary to purchase vital parcels. For more about our current projects visit www.blt.org.


Board Chair Statement

BLT turned 30 in 2013. As we look back over the past three decades, we also move forward and accept new challenges.

BLT’s strength lies in part with its former Executive Director, Jaci Barton, who is now BLT's Land Protection Specialist and has been with the organization for more than 30 years. From its beginnings in 1983 to the present, BLT has grown dramatically and it is mutually agreed that it is time to begin succession planning to ensure that the legacy she has created can continue uninterrupted.
 

Land preservation on Cape Cod is critical. The water we drink comes from our sole source aquifer and is interconnected to our surface waters – rivers, ponds and estuaries. What we do on the land affects our quality of life and our health.

As BLT has grown, our land preservation program has changed from accepting gifts of land and donated conservation restrictions. It now includes multi-partner and multi-million dollar projects that sometimes take years to accomplish. Fundraising efforts to preserve vital parcels and the success of land preservation initiatives now rests with BLT's new Executive Director, Janet Milkman, a leader in the field of land preservation and protection of the environment.


Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
CAPE &ISLANDS REGION, MA
The seven villages of the town of Barnstable, Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
  2. Environment - Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation & Management
  3. Environment - Environmental Education

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Land Management

Each of the 156 properties preserved by Barnstable Land Trust has its own land management needs. Nearly 31% of BLT lands are conservation restrictions on land owned by the Town or private landowners. Each conservation restriction is monitored annually. As land changes hands from the original landowner to a new owner, BLT must often educate our new partner about acceptable uses of the land under our stewardship. Land owned by BLT cannot simply be left alone. Often wetland and upland areas require removal of invasive species. Meadows need to be mowed annually to preserve scenic views and protect wildlife habitat. Woodlands frequently require removal of dead trees and clearing of paths for the safety of pedestrians and their four-legged friends. Signage is important for boundary and path delineation. To do all of this, BLT employs a part-time Land Management Coordinator who monitors the conservation restrictions, directs volunteers and manages the land entrusted to our care.

Budget  $32,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Population Served Adults Families General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 
1.      Containment of invasive species such as phragmites and purple loosestrife will ensure the long-term health of wetlands.
 
2.      An active volunteer corps helps build community, connects people to the land and keeps the land safe for public enjoyment.

3.      More volunteer stewards monitoring the land provide additional eyes and ears and helps to protect habitat, reduce encroachment and prevent unwarranted use and destruction of BLT lands.

Program Long-Term Success 

All of the land managed by BLT is for the benefit of water quality, wildlife and human enjoyment. Management of land entrusted to our care ensures that community users enjoy their experiences on BLT lands and that the resources protected by the land are not degraded.

Example: By mowing a meadow we are ensuring the continuance of a scenic vista and the protection of rare species that rely on open field habitat.

Program Success Monitored By 

Managing volunteers is a key component of any successful land management program. BLT’s part-time land manager can only do so much. Our goal is to increase volunteerism by expanding that part-time role to a full-time role.

Land management requires vigilance. For instance, invasive species removal is an ongoing challenge. In recent years the restoration project at BLT’s beautiful Meadow Point involved more than a dozen volunteers. This coming year an even larger group of volunteers is needed to restore the salt marsh habitat. The success of the phragmites containment project is measured by the reduction in the invasive species population. However, a successful volunteer recruitment program is measured by our ability to keep those volunteers engaged in other management activities elsewhere on BLT lands.

Involvement in projects engages volunteers and success breeds success. Getting to know the land helps educate those volunteers who may ultimately educate others.

Examples of Program Success 

Significant accomplishments over the past decade include the acquisition of 178 acres along the Little River Corridor, and the purchase of Fuller Farm - 24 acres of woodland, bog and rolling farm fields that were once part of the Mystic Lake Dairy Farm in Marstons Mills.

One of our most significant acquisitions was completed in December 2015: the purchase of 16 wooded acres around a cultural treasure - Lowell Park, home of the Cotuit Kettlers Cape Cod Baseball League team. The green wall of trees surrounding the park link 800 acres, sit atop the recharge area of a public water supply, and are in the three-bay watershed of North Bay, West Bay and Cotuit Bay. Geographically, the land is within 2000' of Cotuit Bay estuary, habitat for the famed Cotuit oyster and other aquatic wildlife.

Land Preservation

Barnstable Land Trust preserves land in order to safeguard the natural resources of Cape Cod - wetlands, woodlands, wildlife and water quality. We work with landowners to protect parcels identified by community leaders and with families who wish to pass their land in its natural state from one generation to the next. Every protected acre helps ensure the quality of life here on Cape Cod. Our drinking water is reliant on the sole source aquifer that lies beneath us. Our only source of drinking water, it feeds the freshwater streams, estuaries and bays that enliven our everyday lives by providing scenic enjoyment and opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing and beach going. BLT’s protected lands also preserve the water quality and habitat for food sources such as herring, bluefish, oysters and clams. Protected upland areas provide educational and passive recreational opportunities for hiking, bird watching and simply enjoying the natural world and Cape Cod’s unique cultural heritage.

Budget  $100,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Land Conservation
Population Served Adults Families General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 

Barnstable Land Trust has completed 156 projects and has protected 1,082 acres since its inception in 1983. Having celebrated our 30thanniversary and 1,000 acres preserved in 2013, the land we have protected is clearly evident around town.

Program Long-Term Success 

Barnstable Land Trust is the only organization dedicated solely to land preservation here in the Town of Barnstable. There are still many acres left to be preserved in order to protect the water quality, wildlife habitat, recreational resources and scenic features of our community. While we recognize that we cannot protect it all, our goal is to preserve as much as we can - as quickly as we can - before the damage to our environment is irreparable. 

Program Success Monitored By 

At Barnstable Land Trust we measure success by the acres of land we have protected. We use all the tools available to us to achieve that success. Sometimes we work in partnership with the Town in order to protect a critical property. More often we work independently. Our challenge is always to raise the funds necessary to preserve the land. BLT has a dedicated Green Fund that helps jumpstart projects. Our goal is always to replenish the Green Fund at the completion of a project. With the economy in dire straits, more landowners are turning to us for assistance, putting a strain on our limited human and financial resources.

Examples of Program Success 

Program successes:

1.      Barnstable Land Trust has become known as the resource to turn to for land preservation in Barnstable. Everyone refers landowners to BLT. Each week, the phone rings with at least one new possibility.
2.      BLT has just completed 2 major projects totaling 25 acres. Each project required a special fundraising initiative. The total cost for these 2 projects exceeded $2 million.
3.      Recently, the Hyannis Water Department turned to BLT asking for assistance in identifying the strategies that are most likely to succeed with specific landowners whose parcels are critical for water supply protection.

Membership Development and Education

Barnstable Land Trust (BLT) is a community based membership organization. Our very existence relies on a broad base of local support.

BLT’s annual operating revenues come from over 2,000 individuals, families and businesses within Barnstable. Each year, members contribute more than $300,000 to sustain BLT’s initiatives to preserve the open spaces and special places of our community.

BLT has a full-time Interim Executive Director who is responsible for donor relations and building member support. Special events are regularly held to educate and engage the community. BLT’s newsletter, website and communications are all geared to garner greater giving to support BLT’s ongoing efforts.

BLT’s walks and talks are a key component in educating existing members and recruiting new members. Each event is an opportunity for education and outreach that raises awareness and connects attendees to our mission. Often people are motivated to join and are energized to volunteer in the office or in the field.
Budget  $100,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served Adults Families General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 

In 2012, BLT invested in new fundraising software. First time event participants are now entered into the database as prospects. BLT can market to them by mail, phone or e-mail (Constant Contact). By tracking participants after each event, we can now gauge the success of that endeavor as it relates to recruitment of new members.

Each event is listed in on-line calendars and press releases are sent to all media outlets, giving BLT visibility at least once a week from late spring to early fall. Often a reporter will attend and write a story about the special nature of the outing, which in turn means more visibility and greater awareness of BLT. On more than one occasion, the walks and talks program has also attracted new volunteers.

Example: Cindy and her husband Jack came to a walk at Crocker Neck. Later that year, Cindy and Jack each volunteered to help at our major fundraising event of the year. They are now members and continue to generously volunteer their time to BLT.

Program Long-Term Success 

The stronger and broader the membership support, the more Barnstable Land Trust can accomplish. BLT is currently on the precipice of preserving 1,100 acres but we won’t stop there. Many more vital acres remain to be preserved and those land preservation projects that require significant funds to purchase often achieve success from member contributions. Expanding BLT’s community outreach is therefore not only crucial to building BLT’s member base but these programs also help build support for completing land preservation initiatives.

At BLT we measure success by the acres preserved. Venues that provide educational opportunities often connect us to landowners who may potentially donate land or a conservation restriction. In 2010, Irene attended one of BLT’s talks. Following the event, she shared with her husband what she had learned. Then she called BLT. The 1-acre meadow that the couple so loved is now preserved forever!

Program Success Monitored By 

BLT advertises events through all available free media outlets and by directly e-mailing an announcement via Constant Contact. Proof of program success is in the attendance of any given event and in the contacts made to landowners.

When BLT advertises an event, we ask folks to RSVP and, when possible, capture their e-mail address when they respond. Later, when we send them an e-newsletter or e-mail a notice of another event, Constant Contact provides us with a special tracking tool that tells us how many recipients actually opened the e-mails. Since Constant Contact is now also connected to our new fundraising software, we can see the prospects who responded by attending another event, by becoming a member or making a donation to BLT.

We have just started compiling program statistics with our improved software package to better guide our 2013 outreach program. Our plans include a redesigned website that uses Google Analytics to track traffic at the site.

Examples of Program Success 

Outreach increases members:

In 2011, BLT participated in Marstons Mill River Day, Village Day and the Cape Cod Wildlife Festival, which together attracted 600 participants. Five new land donation leads grew out of those events. BLT also sponsored 30 walks and talks that attracted 396 participants.

Of the 996 participants in those 33 outreach events, 12% became new members, increasing BLT’s base of support by 124 individual and family members.

This year BLT will conduct its annual Historic Walks and Talks consisting of 16 events. If recent years' attendance is an indication we expect to attract close to 400 participants. Highlights of this year's program include the Tour de Barnstable Bike Ride in Hyannis in May, the Green Run in Cotuit in August and the Yellow Dog Music Festival at Craigville Beach in September.

Partnerships:

BLT partners with other non-profits on many of our walks and talks. One of our most well attended programs was forged through collaboration. In 2011, over 30 guests attended a spring Whale Walk & Talk, hosted by BLT and Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies. In the spring of 2012, attendance increased to 58 guests for the same event; an overall increase of 52%.


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Many of the steadfast Cape Cod landowners who chose not to sell during the real estate booms of the 80’s and 90’s are now of the age that it is time to pass their land on to the next generation. But many of the next generation are without the resources necessary to hold on to the land. So we find ourselves in an interesting place, where the folks who care so deeply about their land are agonizing over the idea of letting go of treasured family land because they worry that their heirs will not be able to hold on. So time is of the essence for Barnstable Land Trust to educate the landowners about the options available to them and help them find a way to keep their land intact. But our human resources are stretched beyond capacity. We would like to hire a resource development professional who could focus on major donors.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Janet Milkman
CEO Term Start Jan 2017
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Janet Milkman brings to Barnstable Land Trust experience advocating for statewide land use reform, energy law, smart growth measures, community revitalization funding, zoning code reform incentivizing green building, staff development, board development and fundraising. A graduate of Wesleyan and Princeton Universities, and a Fulbright scholar, Janet has done substantial work in the field of land preservation and protection of the environment.

Her professional experience includes the Marion Institute, the Falmouth Consulting Group, Delaware Valley Green Building Council, ERTHNXT, and 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania. As Executive Director of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, she worked toward the passage of Philadelphia's energy benchmarking law and zoning code reforms incentivizing green building, and grew the staff and budget while raising the profile of the organization during a major recession in the building industry.
 
As Executive Director of 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, she successfully advocated for statewide land use reform, passage of smart growth measures in transportation funding proposals, millions of dollars in funding for community revitalization, and strengthening of regulations to support land use planning. 
 
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Jaci Barton Land Protection Specialist
Former BLT Executive Director -- 30 years, receiving numerous conservation and community awards. BLT's first Executive Director.  Under Jaci’s leadership, BLT has become the steward of more than 1,070 acres in the Town of Barnstable, and membership has grown to over 1,800 families and businesses.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
Land Trust Alliance 1985
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Barnstable Land Trust collaborates most often with the Town of Barnstable on critical land preservation projects.  We also collaborate with The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, The Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition, Land Trust Alliance, Three Bays Preservation, and village and civic associations in the Town of Barnstable.

On land preservation projects Barnstable Land Trust has collaborated in the past with The Nature Conservancy and Mass Audubon, and will generally help however we can to facilitate any land preservation or resource protection project in our community.

At a staff level, BLT collaborates with other Cape Land Trusts on a quarterly basis through joint meetings to discuss issues of interest and concern and generally share with one another.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 50
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration No

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Joseph Hawley
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Chair Term Feb 2016 - Dec 2017
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Brendan Annett Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Wendy Barker Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Rob Carey Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Karen Daley Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Polly Dana-Schumacher Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Ingrid Epperly Community Volunteer Voting
Ms Katherine Garofoli Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Karen Hanesian Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Susanne Lavoie-Lagace Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. John Miller Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Sarah Colvin Nelson Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Terrie Reilly Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Stacy Austin Reinhart Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Nancy Ridley Community Volunteer Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 15
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 11
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $1,259,138 $982,290 $829,971
Total Expenses $403,738 $576,105 $350,663

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $1,009,180 $671,676 $382,288
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $-36,387 $107,811 $203,059
Membership Dues $163,810 $109,796 $144,084
Special Events $116,435 $92,367 $100,258
Revenue In-Kind $6,100 -- --
Other -- $640 $282

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $148,772 $396,396 $185,559
Administration Expense $124,473 $115,578 $109,222
Fundraising Expense $130,493 $64,131 $55,882
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 3.12 1.71 2.37
Program Expense/Total Expenses 37% 69% 53%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 12% 8% 12%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $30,045,962 $29,197,519 $28,795,190
Current Assets $2,374,307 $2,820,435 $2,429,937
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $7,049 $14,006 $17,862
Total Net Assets $30,038,913 $29,183,513 $28,777,328

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 12.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 336.83 201.37 136.04

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Barnstable Land Trust is a small organization that raises big money to preserve critical parcels of land. Our major asset is our inventory of 156 parcels of protected land and it is always growing. We are constantly searching for ways to engage the community so that we can raise the funds necessary to preserve specific land parcels. In addition, we annually attempt to raise more operating revenue than we spend. These practices, together with a major bequest in 2011, have enabled us to create four funds that have helped to keep us financially sound during the downturn in the economy. 

In 2010, the Board of Directors set a policy to allow the use of 4% of fund balances at year end for three of our funds. That policy has helped to meet operating needs in subsequent fiscal years. The policy applies to a Board-designated Endowment, an Operating Fund and a Land Management and Legal Defense Fund.

Our Operating Fund is a rainy day fund of sorts that we can draw from during the ebb and flow of annual revenues.

The principle of our Land Management and Legal Defense Fund consists of monetary gifts earmarked by landowners who have entrusted their land to BLT’s perpetual care. The Legal Defense Fund is also available to defend conservation restrictions against legal challenges.

The fourth fund is BLT’s Green Fund, which is dedicated to land preservation and is available to help jumpstart critical land acquisition projects. And if fundraising for a particular project falls short, the fund is also available to complete a project. Our goal is always to make ourselves whole at the end of every project.

Land preservation projects that require significant funds are in constant competition with the funds required for annual operations. To address this challenge BLT has hired a part-time Director of Development to support land preservation efforts and to help sustain operations.

Also, as BLT acquires more and more land, especially land with public access, management activities require greater coordination. We are lucky to have a strong volunteer corps but volunteers often need guidance and oversight. Our ultimate goal is to expand the role of our Land Manager from part-time to full-time but that requires increasing and sustaining annual revenues or a substantial increase in the Land Management Fund.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's audited financials.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

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Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

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2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

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3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

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4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

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5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

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