Succession Planning for Rhode Island Land Trusts

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Event Date
October 2–16
Land Trust Alliance
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Connie Manes
About This Event

The Land Trust Alliance and Rhode Island Land Trust Council are partnering to support all-volunteer and small land trusts in planning for the long-term sustainability of their organizations. Recognizing the unique and important role these land trusts play in local land conservation, as well as the challenges they face, this session is designed to help guide succession planning efforts in organizations that rely on board members not only for governance and high-level leadership but to carry out the work of the organization.

Group participants can expect to learn new strategies and tools for succession planning and engage in conversations about how their organizations approach the topic; including what has worked and what has not, and what they may want to implement following this series (e.g., term limits, nominating committees, advertising and outreach, board member job descriptions and the board matrix).

This three-part succession planning workshop includes opportunities for learning, practice and networking.

  • October 2, 6-7:15 p.m. (Virtual): This session will provide networking opportunities as well as an introduction to succession planning. We will discuss why we do succession planning, what it means and what the goals are, in addition to how succession planning relates to capacity and sustainable approaches to building capacity.

  • October 9, 6-8 p.m. (In-person in Providence): This workshop will provide training and tools for board succession planning, including practical time for each land trust’s group to begin applying the concepts and tools to their own organizations. We will provide time to discuss with peers working in similar roles in other organizations.

  • October 16, 6-8 p.m. (In-person in Providence): This workshop will continue building on the training, resources and discussion introduced in the earlier sessions.

Following these meetings, participating land trusts will be invited to join a group of Rhode Island land trusts that participated in the first succession planning pilot workshop offered in 2023 and will continue to meet regularly to maintain momentum on succession planning at their organizations.

This training is made possible by generous donors to the Alliance, including the Sharpe Family Foundation, who make it possible for us to offer this high-valued opportunity for only $25 per organization. Please take advantage of this generosity by encouraging as many board members to join from your organization as possible. If this cost is a barrier to your participation, please reach out to Jen Plowden as we have a limited number of scholarships available.

Participants in Land Trust Alliance events should review and agree to the Alliance Code of Conduct.