My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Georges River Land Trust, Rockland, ME, USA
GRLT is a wonderful organization doing important work. Most or all of the people involved in the organization are a real pleasure to know and to deal with. I wholeheartedly support their work. I do however have a couple of suggestions. 1. I know a substantial donor to the Land Trust who was not even given free tickets to the garden tour and was disappointed not to be recognized in that way. Obviously substantial donors should be thanked in that simple way. 2. The process of donating an easement, which i and several friends have explored, is complicated, legalistic, and costs money to the donor beyond the gift of the easement. Donors are also encouraged to open their land to hiking members etc. I think steps should be taken to make this important form of donation as painless as possible, with fewer add-ons besides the donation of the easement itself. While it is understandable that the Land Trust may incur costs maintaining a donated easement, they might get more donations if they covered those costs themselves through fund-raising.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Hikes on Land Trust properties and the garden tour.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
From GRLT - Thank you for your review. It is so helpful to see these responses. It is true the easement donation process is complicated and legalistic. We will discuss with our land protection committee how we can simplify it for our donors. For the transaction, we only ask the donor to seek their own legal representation. We try to avoid additional costs (such as for surveys of the property) unless truly needed. We do not require an additional gift toward stewardship, although we always ask due to the commitment GRLT undertakes to steward the easement in perpetuity. We also do not ask easement donors to provide public access, however it can be incorporated into the project if they are interested and suggest it. We are always interested in feedback. Thanks again.