MLTN Infoline – September 25th, 2019

Strategic Board Recruitment: an in-person MANP workshop
With few exceptions, getting the right people on your board is a puzzle most nonprofits struggle to solve. Once again, Maine Association of Nonprofits is stepping up to help you tackle this challenge. 
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
8:00 – 11:00 am (7am-8am Registration, Breakfast + Networking)
Harraseeket Inn, Freeport
Nothing is more important to the health and sustainability of a nonprofit organization than getting engaged, skilled, prepared people to serve on the board. Building an effective board is much more than filling seats at the table; finding board members who bring passion, innovation and resourcefulness to help your organization thrive requires the board to be strategic in the way it looks at composition.
This in-person session will help you cultivate potential candidates, prepare them to join the board when the time is right, fill vacancies quickly and effectively, and build a skillful and diverse board.  Not only will you hear great advice about what to do (or not to do), you will leave with access to a  toolkit  designed to help transform how you and your board think about recruitment, and develop a process and timeline tailored to your organization-a process that can be used year after year.
This is a great opportunity for Maine land trusts. We hope you’ll take advantage!! Register early.  
Whit , Jeff , and Donna
Governor Announces Maine Climate Council
Last week, just days before speaking at the UN Climate Summit and pledging that Maine will have a carbon-neutral economy by 2045, Governor Mills announced the membership of the Maine Climate Council. Mills proposed the council in April, and it was enacted with bi-partisan support in the legislature soon after. Maine’s Climate Council is charged with establishing strategies and initiatives to help the state meet its greenhouse gas reductions and renewable energy generation targets as it works to combat climate change, and to make sure our communities, industries and people are resilient to the changes our state is facing.
The Climate Council will also convene several working groups from within its membership – including a Scientific and Technical Subcommittee, a Transportation Working Group, a Coastal and Marine Working Group, a Natural and Working Lands Group, and others – to focus on how the state can tackle challenges within these specific areas.  The list of Maine Climate Council members can be found here .
Fall Regional Land Trust Meetings
Each fall we gather land trust staff and board members in each of five regions to talk about issues of common interest and foster collaboration. Our first meeting is the Downeast Region meeting, which has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 8th, from 1-3:30 pm at the Women’s Health Resource Library in Milbridge. We are working on scheduling meetings in other regions now, so check our website in the coming weeks for information about your region. Contact Donna with any questions. 
What’s Your Land Trust Doing About Climate Change?
The Land Trust Alliance and the Open Space Institute are partnering with the Maine Land Trust Network, the New Hampshire Land Trust Coalition, and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board to assess the
status of land trust responses to climate change in northern New England. Most land trusts should have received an email earlier this month asking you to complete a 15-minute survey, and many of you have already responded. Today, we ask those of you who haven’t responded to take the time to complete the survey. The information we gather will help direct future trainings and programs. The survey will remain open until this Friday, September 27th, but why wait? Here is the link: 
Not sure whether your land trust has responded? No worries!  Responses from multiple staff from the same organization are welcome. 
Stewardship Documents Update
Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) recently completed an overhaul of its stewardship policies and procedures, and accompanying templates. The MLTN Resources page has been updated so you can view and download these helpful documents.  
Just a friendly reminder that documents on our website are not intended as legal, accounting, or other professional advice, and MCHT cannot attest to the legal, financial, or tax consequences of their use. As each land trust’s organizational and project goals are unique, MCHT recommends that all land trusts engage experienced professionals to assist them in evaluating and understanding how to use the information provided.
Opt In: Nonprofit Communications Conference
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
9:00 am – 4:30 pm (8-9 am Registration, Breakfast + Networking)
Holiday Inn By the Bay, Portland

Cost: $175 Members / $215 Non-Members 

Team learning saves! $15 off each additional registration from your organization. Scholarships available! Apply before registering.

Opt In is back for its second year! Designed to spark your creativity and help you elevate your communications strategy, this engaging and inspiring day focuses on communications trends that impact Maine nonprofits.  Join your peers to discuss recommended practices and discover unique approaches and innovative methods that your organization can put to use right away.  View the agenda, explore breakout sessions, and read about presenters here .
See a list of all upcoming MANP workshops here.
From Audit to Redesign, The Complete Nonprofit Website Toolkit
Five sessions on Thursdays starting Oct 3 and ending Oct 31, 2019
1:00 – 2:30 pm
Your desk! Interactive webinar 
Cost: $188 for MANP Members (Use discount code 19-ME)
Offered through a partnership with Idealware

Your website is the face of your organization-but like any familiar face, you stop seeing it the way others see it. Maybe it’s time to take a fresh look at your site to understand whether your audience and your staff members are getting what they need from it.

Over five sessions, Idealware will help you think through how to develop a more useful and engaging website. They’ll walk you through website basics, how to lead a redesign project, best practices for accessibility, mobile optimization, content management systems, technical details, and online branding. They’ll also talk about how website content works alongside email, direct mail, and social media efforts to create an organization’s communications mix.

For all the info, visit MANP’s website or
Use Your Outdoor Voice: How to Bring Conservation to the Classroom
An interactive webinar from the Land Trust Alliance
Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Cost: $65 for LTA members; $100 for non-members
New date! Please note this webinar was previously scheduled for September 12, 2019.
Every land trust has the opportunity to partner with schools in ways that build upon the strengths of your organization and serve a real community need. Learn how to develop sustainable youth programming through an expanded view of school-based partnerships and programming. Practitioners will illustrate best practices from different land trusts with diverse program designs and answer questions about your unique challenges.
More information and register at LTA’s website.


Final Reminder: LL Bean Maine Land Trust Grant Program
Proposals Due: Friday, September 27th, 2019
L.L.Bean and Maine Coast Heritage Trust are pleased to provide grant support to Maine’s land trust community through this signature program. The purpose of the L.L.Bean Maine Land Trust Grant Program is to provide strategic funding to Maine land trusts for stewardship activities. A limited number of grants will be given in amounts not to exceed $4,000. Projects that enhance public access to conserved lands, strengthen a trust’s stewardship capabilities, or facilitate preserve management planning are a priority. Projects that meet one of these priority goals and also involve collaboration between land trusts and/or other organizations (e.g, other non-profits, municipal governments, schools, etc.) may be given special consideration. Visit the MLTN website to view guidelines, a summary of past grants, and to download an application.