Building Capacity and Growing Sustainably with ACT

September 3, 2009
1:00-2:00pm EST
National Webcast
Increasing capacity in order to serve members’ needs remains central to the Alliance for Community Trees’ mission. This plays an even larger role as our network continues to grow (ACT was 60 members four years ago, today it is over 150 members). As part of these efforts, ACT recently added a development professional to its staff and implemented a comprehensive fundraising program. Find out how ACT’s fundraising program can benefit your organization and what you can do to help.

Megan Graff Odett, Development Associate, Alliance for Community Trees (College Park, MD)
Because fundraising is typically only discussed at the Annual Meeting and only 48% of members attended at least one annual meeting between 2005 and 2007, many members may be unfamiliar with ACT fundraising picture and how they can help the coalition and the urban forestry field. This special members only webcast aims to reach both members already participating in ACT’s fundraising program as well as members who have not recently attended an Annual Meeting.
Marcia Bansley, Executive Director, Trees Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)
As a Past President and founding member of the Alliance for Community Trees, Marcia has a personal commitment to ACT’s success. She is also the Executive Director of our local member, Trees Atlanta. In that role, she has shown that development partnerships are not necessarily an ‘either or’ of national versus local competing interests. Much the opposite, Marcia’s efforts have opened doors to funding relationships with some of ACT’s main corporate and nonprofit partnerships such as The Home Depot Foundation, UPS Foundation, and Primedia.
Webcast attendees will learn about:
* ACT’s fundraising program for 2009 and 2010.
* ACT’s finances and the role that contributed income plays in operations.
* The benefits that members receive from ACT’s increased organizational capacity.
* Opening doors and alerting ACT to potential urban forestry connections.
* Displaying your affiliation with ACT.
* Forging partnerships that are mutually beneficial to ACT, ACT members, and funders.
About the Members Only Webcast Series
Members Only Webcasts are monthly sessions held at the lunch hour and made possible through support from The Home Depot Foundation and USDA Forest Service. The goals are to update members on current ACT activity, developing programs and partnerships, and future plans. Please plan to join the monthly call to stay connected to ACT, urban forestry, and your peers. Sessions are planned to last no more than one hour, with updates from ACT and at least one ACT member, followed by questions and answers.