Stewardship Endowment Campaign Success
An important milestone was achieved at the end of 2016. The Genesee Valley Conservancy, responsible for the permanent protection of over 16,800 acres of important habitat, open space, and farmland in the Genesee Valley, completed a multi-year effort to build a Stewardship Endowment of $1.2 million.
With a handful of gifts in late December, the $1.2 million goal was achieved. In fact, the goal was surpassed with the endowment reaching $1.3 million by December 31st.
The Stewardship Endowment is a critical fund to have in place as the organization continues to grow. Each time the organization works with a landowner to place a conservation easement on their property and with every nature preserve the organization acquires, there is a permanent obligation to the community that the organization will monitor and manage these conservation areas in perpetuity.
With over 16,800 acres protected, this work requires a large percentage of the organizations time. Not wanting to slow new acquisitions, the Board recognized that a Stewardship Endowment would spin off funding to cover the costs of this perpetual stewardship work, allowing the organization to use annual contributions from the community to continue to pursue critical new conservation projects and increase the pace of conservation in the Genesee Valley.
The community is invited to a special reception on February 12, 2017 from 5:00-6:30 at the Big Tree Inn, 46 Main Street, Geneseo, NY to celebrate this success and to view maps and photos of conservation projects completed in 2016.
Thanks to several members of the Board, there is no cost to the reception, but an RSVP would be appreciated.