The Central Coast Land Conservancy has been in existence since 1994 and has served as an effective advocate for the preservation and management of lands along the Central Oregon Coast. CCLC's mission is to hold and manage for the benefit of the public, in perpetuity, lands that constitute the natural heritage of Tillamook, Lincoln, and western Lane counties.
The Central Coast Land Conservancy (CCLC) has received a check for $13,250, the first half of a capacity-building grant awarded by the Yarg Foundation; the balance to be awarded later in 2013. The money is to support organizational and technical development tasks for the first year of CCLC's five-year project, "Planning for Increased Effectiveness."
A Local Contractor will be hired, and that person will receive training and guidance with the intent that they will remain involved beyond the scope of original one-year contract. The deadline for Local Contractor job applications is January 15. Job description information can be obtained by calling 541-574-7708, or email queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After a year of assessment and planning under the guidance of the national Land Trust Alliance, CCLC created an Organizational Development Plan used as the basis of applying for financial support from the Yarg Foundation, managed by the Gray Family Trust. The project's objective is to increase the pace and quality in achieving the organization's mission, and to prepare it for creation of its first full-time staff positions.
To accomplish these goals, CCLC has contracted with two consultant teams. The first is helping CCLC with Technical/Tactical aspects and Land Transaction Due Diligence work. The Technical/Tactical aspects include developing policies, procedures, and mechanisms that assure CCLC is meeting land trust best management policies as expressed by the national Land Trust Alliance's Standards and Practices, meeting Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and tax requirements, and developing policies regarding financial and written records. The Land Transaction Due Diligence aspects include assuring baseline information and other necessary documents are in place for all property held by CCLC, and preparing management plans for each property.
The second consultant is helping CCLC develop and implement a fundraising plan, paying particular attention to creating a stewardship endowment fund. Focus will be on cultivating donor relationships, expanding fundraising/donor databases, developing volunteer and community outreach plans, and recruiting and training new board members who have the specific skills needed by our organization.
The Yarg Foundation grant comes with a 25 percent match requirement. CCLC has already received $1,000 through the Koons Family Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation to help meet this match. The Central Coast Land Conservancy encourages individuals to make donations for this project. Checks can be sent to CCLC, P.O. Box 1344, Depoe Bay, OR 97341. Electronic donations can be accessed online through the CCLC website: www.centralcoastlandconservancy.org. CCLC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and all donations are fully tax-deductible.