Now that 2007 has begun, it is time to review the past year and to look ahead. We have been very fortunate to have a full-time, paid executive director for the past 18 months. Chris Wright has been a visible and vocal participant in land use planning in Amador County as well as in Calaveras County, where he has greatly expanded our participation and presence. Chris is closely involved in the general plan updating process in both counties and provides us with professional program implementation and coordination.
Chris’s position has been paid for through generous nonrenewable grants from the Preserving Wild California Campaign of the Resources Legacy Fund Foundation. For the future, however, we must raise money to keep him on board and continue operating at our current level. In addition, we may need to add staff in the future to handling the demands caused by increasing local growth pressures. We will be counting on your generosity to help our organization thrive and grow.
Monthly giving provides stability
You’ve heard the expression, “Put your money where your mouth is.” Conservancy board member Laurie Webb has acted upon her beliefs, setting an example for us all. Laurie and her husband Howard, a local teacher, are donating to the Foothill Conservancy on a monthly basis.
Laurie observes that if each member gave $10.00 per month, less than the cost of a loaf of bread a week, the yearly total would go far to help sustain the organization. She states that, “In order for the Conservancy to continue its work, it needs a stable influx of money.”
That stability relieves the executive director from the obligation of constant fundraising, leaving him or her free to do the real work of the organization. Laurie, the longtime executive director of the Senior Center and president of the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency board, knows that fundraising can eat up a huge amt of a nonprofit executive’s time. Fortunately for the Senior Center, a generous bequest has provided a solid financial footing, which will sustain the organization for years. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if one of our members would make a similar act of generosity?
Commitment to the future
With so much change occurring in both Amador and Calaveras Counties, the Foothill Conservancy has a vital role to play in protecting our rural areas and natural resources from rampant and ill-planned development. We are committed to educating citizens of the foothills about the importance of conscientious stewardship of our beautiful and valuable area and helping them understand how to meaningfully shape their local communities. With your contributions—annual or monthly—we can continue to survive and prosper.
If you’re a member, watch your mailbox for your annual renewal. And if you’re not yet a member, there’s no time like the present to join!