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Review for The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County, Kennett Square, PA, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

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.

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

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

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?


Role:  Donor & helped promote their mission.
tlc (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

The accusations contained in the review posted 4/7/2010 are false and misleading. Our organization welcomes criticism, but when it is based on untruths and intended only to maliciously denigrate our organization, then we must draw the line and speak up. We encourage anyone reading this to contact us directly to learn more about the integrity of our organization. Thanks you.

tlc (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Also, we'd like to encourage the person who wrote this defamatory review to contact our offices. We'd be happy to set the record straight once and for all.