BRUNSWICK-TOPSHAM LAND TRUST INC

Rating: 3 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Food, Environment, Sports

Location: 108 Maine St Brunswick ME 04011 USA

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This Land Trust has done an incredible job ensuring natural and historic vistas of scenic and environmental importance are forever preserved, many members of the public bike run and walk in and around these beautiful preserved properties. I am truly greatful for the work this organization has done when the towns and larger organizations have shown no interest in such local preservation. Zealous maybe but corrupt never, thank goodness for their hard work preventing suburban sprawl and preserving natural scenic landscapes!

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

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The Brunswick Topsham Land Trust is one of a growing number of "land trusts" in the State of Maine.
Its office is in downtown Brunswick Maine. Technically this "land trust" is a "non profit" organization
BUT... this "non profit" organization does not post on its web site its total incoming revenues AND its total outgoing expenses. WHY? As an IRS approved non charitable organization, why isn't the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust providing FULL PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF ALL OF ITS PUBLIC CHARITABLE DONATIONS AND GIFTS?

There is a somewhat new Executive Director who has been in charge for a few years. Before that, she was a member of the Board BUT...her college degree is NOT LISTED nor is her PRIOR WORK HISTORY. What are her qualifications to be in charge and have access to so MUCH PUBLIC CHARITABLE DONATIONS AND GIFTS?

The Executive Director of the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust is in charge of a $7 million dollar capitol campaign that has been underway recently. What exactly is this money being used for?

This "non profit" also receives charitable donations from the public for membership fees, financial gifts including stocks and major financial gifts and gifts of REAL ESTATE (yes, REAL ESTATE - MAJOR GIFTS FROM THE PUBLIC!!!). What exactly are these major charitable donations being used for?

Why is this "non profit" NOT providing FULL and OPEN PUBLIC TRANSPARENCY OF ALL THE PUBLIC FUNDS AND CHARITABLE DONATIONS IT RECEIVES??? The agenda for upcoming Board meetings are NOT POSTED so the public is not invited to attend AND the permanent minutes of its Board meetings are NOT POSTED. The minutes of its subcommittees are NOT POSTED.

Hmmm, there is a pattern here of non disclosure. I wonder why the Executive Director and the President of the Board are not providing full disclosure as a non profit organization. If you have any experience with this "non profit" land trust, report them on this website.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Require Executive Director to post all upcoming Board meetings AND all permanent minutes of the Board for the past five years AND all subcommittee meeting permanent minutes for the past five years including the Middle Bay Wetland Partnership Committee AND all of the incoming financial revenues for the past five years AND all of the outgoing expenses for the past five years AND whether there have been any written complaints filed against this "non profit" with the State of Maine

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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