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GROWING POWER INC
November 19, 2011

Will Allen was awarded a MacArthur Genius Award for his work. Growing Power owns urban garden properties in Milwaukee, Chicago, and Detroit, has 15 training centers around the U.S., and has helped create similar gardens in Africa and Russia. A leader in the effort to get fresh food to underserved "food deserts" in urban areas.

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

Seeing presentation and discussing with friends who are involved with urban gardens in Newark, NJ.

Ways to make it better...

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

Spread the word of their success.

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & Heard presentation at Land Trust Alliance rally in Milwaukee.

New Jersey Conservation Foundation
November 19, 2011

Highly professional staff and strong board. NJCF celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010, while completing 46 land transactions. Just completed a 1,100 acre wetlands restoration project in the Pinelands, the largest project on the East coast, and won the Governor's award. NJCF owns more than 20,000 acres, and has helped preserve more than 120,000 state-wide, roughly 5-1/2 times the size of Manhattan. We will have bought or helped preserve over 1,100 more acres by the end of 2011.

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

I have been very active as President of the Board.

Ways to make it better...

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

Continue to look for diverse board representation and expand our efforts in the Camden area.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Raised money, participated in many events & meetings.

New Jersey Conservation Foundation
November 18, 2010

NJCF is the most influential land trust in NJ. Virtually every other group in the state comes to NJCF for help/advice when structuring land deals, stewardship, legal issues, or advocacy. NJCF has helped preserve over 120,000 acres of farm and open space, working across the entire state - no other group does that. We own land or easements totaling 20,000 acres, including the massive 9,400 Franklin Parker Preserve in the Pinelands. 2010 marks our 50th anniversary ni the business of land preservation. See www.njconservation.org for more info, the NJCF page on Facebook, or call 888-526-3728 (888-LAND-SAVE) to volunteer or join.

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

Five years of Board participation - many acres preserved, progess in Camden, helped pass Green Acres bond issue, huge progress on easement legal defense issues, organizing the annual NJ Conservation Rally, plus countless educational and fun opportunities through our "Walks & Talks" program,to name a few.

Ways to make it better...

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

Continue to help raise their visibility as the land trust leader in the state, including increasing membership and volunteer participation. Because we work state-wide, we are in everybody's "back yard", not just where our HQ is located.

More feedback

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

From a former Board president.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Achieve Land Trust Alliance accredidation while continuing "business as usual" to the greatest extent possible.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Permanent funding source for purchase of open space, farm land, etc.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Participated in many projects & events during the past 5 years.