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October 9, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
October 9, 2010

I walk on the Halstead property almost every day. If I don't walk there I walk through the meadow that was part of the Arnold property. All of this is possible because of the work of the Kennett land trust. The trust continues to try to conserve more land so more people can enjoy open space in Kennett Township but is thwarted by overly complex requirements put in place by the township. I joined the board because I believe the minimally paid employees and the volunteer board members wish only to promote open space in our area for us all.

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

not change much at all. They are adapting to a difficult environment very well.

October 7, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
October 7, 2010

I'm a student at Unionville High School and have been doing my community service with the Land Trust for the past couple weeks. I have had a great experience working here,they are great people with the number 1 goal of keeping Chester County land protected and beautiful.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being able to drive through Chester County and not having to see the land being destroyed by developements.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 8, 2010

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April 8, 2010

KTLT is an organization with a great mission of helping to preserve open space in our area. My experience with them, however, has been very disappointing and disturbing. Several members of its leadership have engaged in a campaign of lies and rumors in order to garner sympathy and community support. They have distributed literature divulging personal and private information and making derogatory comments about good people in the community. In addition, I believe they have engaged in misleading fundraising techniques. In 2008 and 2009 they raised a significant amount of money to rehab a building for their offices and advertised it would be a demonstration of green building techniques. The problem was that the building was located in an area zoned residential. The KTLT members knew this but went ahead with plans anyway. When they couldn't get the necessary permits they acted like it was a big suprise. From my understanding, they are now using most of this money on operation expenses, mostly on salaries. As far as I can tell, almost all of the money they raise goes to an inflated payroll. I wouldn't donate a penny to this organization. If you want to support land conservation there are many great organizations that use the money much more efficiently, many with all-volunteer help. I'm usually not harsh or critical, but from my experience the way some in this group have conducted themselves is a disgrace to the conservation community.

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

get rid of its paid members and a few board members.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting the volunteers who are good people motivated by a good cause, as opposed to the leaders who are mean-spirited, arrogant,and clueless as how to run a reputable organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

blow it all on salaries and pie-in-the-sky projects.

Ways to make it better...

they didn't spread gossip and rumors like they lived on Melrose Place.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

its unstable and over-bearing leaders.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 9, 2010

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February 9, 2010

the Kennett Township Land Trust has been very successful in preserving open space in our township. They have created several nature corridors and walking preserves that have increased the quality of life of our area.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the preserves that I have had the pleasure of walking

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

increase fund-raising.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its determination and the great events it organizes to raise awareness of the beauty of our area

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

combine several small parcels of land into a larger preserve and prevent the development of beautiful countryside

Ways to make it better...

the organization was able to grow and received more funding and support.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

going from small to medium

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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