MLTN Infoline – October 20, 2020

Working Together to Make LMF the Best It Can Be

This September, a group of stakeholders including representatives from Maine’s land trust community began meeting to consider improvements to the Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) Program. The purpose of this work group is “to hear feedback from and discuss with cooperating entities how to collaborate most effectively in meeting shared goals to conserve natural, recreational, and working lands.” The meetings are open to the public via Zoom. (Click on the agenda for the meeting you would like to attend and the zoom link will be at the top.) If you have thoughts or feedback about LMF to share, we encourage you to participate. By working together, we can ensure that LMF continues to serve Maine and its people as it has done so well for over 30 years.
Let’s keep LMF strong together!
WhitJeff, and Donna

Combat Uncertainty with Powerful Donor Stewardship

Friday, October 23, 2020
1:00-2:30 pm
Suggested Price: $55, pay-what-you-can options available
Retaining donors should always be an important goal, but in times of uncertainty it is an absolute necessity. A base of loyal donors not only helps sustain the organization but also fuels the major gift and planned giving pipeline. But most organizations are tapping into only a fraction of stewardship’s power.  
In this workshop, we’ll discuss retention, communication, and engagement strategies that weave stewardship into everything you do. You’ll walk away with an action plan, fresh doable ideas, and tons of inspiration and motivation to help you close out the year.
Learn more and register on MANP’s website.

Adapting Your Communications Plan During Times of Change

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Suggested Price: $55, pay-what-you-can options available
2020… the year of the “pivot,” “unprecedented times” and “the new normal.” As nonprofit leaders are adapting and finding innovative ways to cope with slashed budgets, reduced staff, declining revenues, increased demand for services or supplies and overwhelming feelings of unrest, they are also forced to examine how – and what – they communicate to their audiences. With all of these demands, communications may seem like a low priority. Think again.
Taking cue from presenter Marnie Grumbach’s recent article in the 2020 Mainebiz Giving Guide, this interactive session will walk you through practical steps to re-examine your own organization’s communications strategy and identify opportunities to position your value and work in a new light for all of your audiences.
Learn more and register on MANP’s website.

Workshops with Andy Robinson

Andy’s back! Andy Robinson has deep experience, is creative, and knows how to make learning FUN.
Helping Executive Directors and Board Members Become More Effective Fundraising Teams
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Cost: $65 for LTA members
Brought to you by the Land Trust Alliance
When the world is chaotic, fundraising feels like a big challenge. But you still need the money, right? At this moment – maybe more than ever – your organization can benefit from an engaged, fearless leadership team that embraces fundraising and deepens donor relationships… both during and after the pandemic. So, gather your leadership team and join expert fundraiser Andy Robinson as he discusses lessons learned from past crises and lays out simple strategies to create a dynamic and effective board-staff fundraising team. 
What Every Board Member Should Know About Financial Management… and Probably Doesn’t
Friday, November 6, 2020
Suggested Price: $55, pay-what-you-can options available
Brought to you by Maine Association of Nonprofits
If you would benefit from a better understanding of your organization’s finances, this is the workshop for you. Participants in this webinar will discuss:
  • Five things you should know about your nonprofit’s finances — without looking at a spreadsheet
  • Creating a one-page financial dashboard to simplify board oversight
  • Managing financial risks
  • Understanding financial statements
This will be an interactive webinar so come prepared to share and connect with others!

Holt Research Forest Harvest Tour

Saturday, November 7, 2020
Tours begin at 9am, 11am, and 1pm
Holt Research Forest, Old Stage Road, Arrowsic
Cost is FREE but registration is required. 10 participants per tour.
Join the Maine Timber Research & Environmental Education Foundation (Maine TREE) for a research timber harvest tour. This harvest is the first at the Holt Research Forest since 1988, and will provide researchers an opportunity to study the impact of timber harvesting on family-owned forestland. Tour leaders include consulting forester Barrie Brusila of Mid-Maine Forestry, logger Will Cole of Trees Ltd., and University of Maine research scientist Jack Witham. The tour will consist of a woods walk and harvest demonstration. Along the way, there will be many opportunities to ask questions. All participants must follow the COVID-19 policy for in-person events that meet CDC guidelines.
Visit the Maine TREE website for more information and to register.

Idealware’s Consumers Guide to Low-Cost Fundraising Software

Tech Impact’s Idealware program just released the 2020 edition of their popular Consumers Guide to Low-Cost Fundraising Software to help you find the right software to manage information about your donors. It compares 23 of the most widely used donor management systems against more than a hundred requirements criteria, and identifies which of the systems best serve 12 common nonprofit use cases to help you narrow your search. The guide also includes all the thorough and impartial research, market trends, and system comparisons Tech Impact Idealware is known for. The guide is free when you register with your name and email address.

L.L.Bean Maine Land Trust Grant Program

Applications Due: October 23, 2020
The L.L.Bean Maine Land Trust Grant Program is the longest running grant program connected with the Maine Land Trust Network. L.L.Bean and Maine Coast Heritage Trust are pleased to provide grant support to Maine’s land trust community through this valued partnership, enhancing the capacity of Maine’s land trusts to protect Maine’s outdoor heritage and natural landscapes.
A limited number of grants will be awarded in amounts not to exceed $4,000. View guidelines, summary of past grants, and eligibility requirements at
The Maine Land Trust Network seeks to promote voluntary land conservation by building the quality and effectiveness of land trusts and the Maine conservation community through communication, coordination and education. The Network is supported and coordinated by 
Maine Coast Heritage Trust and its Land Trust Program.