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Posted by Renee Magyar on February 23, 2015

Conservation groups learn strategies to better accomplish their missions and become stronger organizations


What do ranchers, dedicated community-based conservation groups, wildlife experts, biologists, hydrologists, and land managers all have in common? The answer is: a passion for both community empowerment and land stewardship.

Earlier this month, over seventy people gathered in Dillon, Montana for two days to participate in the Building Capacity for Effective Community-Based Conservation workshop. Attendees participated in trainings about a variety of topics, including strategic planning, communications strategies, board development, fundraising, and several others. We were lucky to have expert presenters from Training Resources for the Environmental Community (TREC), Resource Media, BW Strategies, Headwaters Economics, and Sage Solutions Non-Profit Consulting.

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Whether it was developing a strong message and delivering it to the right audience, making a compelling pitch to a potential donor, or even pantomiming “strategic planning” or “sage grouse” in a lively game of after-dinner charades, everyone’s curiosity, insights, and experience made for a rewarding event.  

Participants left the training with new knowledge, connections, and resources that will help them build the strength of their organizations and continue to implement community-based conservation projects in their communities.

The workshop is part of several trainings hosted by Sustainable Northwest to build the capacity of small organizations in Montana and Idaho. We thank our partners Blackfoot Challenge, Future West, The Nature Conservancy and the Brainerd Foundation in helping us plan these trainings and execute this project.