We are excited to announce the five-part Conservation Finance Learning Lab produced in partnership between Highstead and The Conservation Finance Network and made freely available to registrants. The webinars will take place from December 2021 to April 2022, and will feature panel discussions, case studies, and networking opportunities for participants to take a deep dive into tangible, innovative approaches to conservation funding and financing. The concepts and lessons learned from the case studies presented will be broadly applicable to practitioners everywhere. Each session will build on the previous sessions, culminating in the “Dolphin Tank” exercise*, where participants will have the opportunity to analyze and deliberate solutions to real-world conservation problems. Attendance at all/most sessions will ensure the full benefit of the series. Register for individual sessions below.
*Like Shark Tank, but friendlier!
Webinar Dates and Registration
Participants who have not previously participated in Conservation Finance 101 are encouraged to watch this pre-recorded session.
Part I: Structuring Conservation Transactions to Broaden Partnerships and Funding Sources – Tuesday, December 14th at 2 PM ET.
Explore transaction structures through urban/rural examples where equity is centered in funding and financing.
- Rich Cochran, Chief Executive Officer, Western Reserve Land Conservancy
- George Dusenbury, Southern Hub Director, The Trust for Public Land
- Wendy Jackson, former Executive Director, Freshwater Land Trust and former Executive Vice President, Land Trust Alliance
- Isaac Robb, Vice President of Planning, Research and Urban Projects, Western Reserve Land Conservancy
Part II: Turning Over Rocks: Underutilized Sources of Funding – Tuesday, January 11th at 2 PM ET
Focus on underutilized sources of federal funding and financing, what to track, and how best to anticipate them (CIG, RCPP, LWCF, IFNF, etc.).
Part III: The Power of Debt: Borrowing Money to Save the World – Tuesday, February 8th at 2 PM ET
Focus on the benefits and sources of debt alongside repayment pathways (PRIs, SRF, revolving loans, etc.).
Part IV: Corporate Engagement: Successfully Selling your Project – Tuesday, March 8th at 2 PM ET
Focus on cracking the nut for corporate engagement, considering advocacy as an underutilized form of corporate support, and a key aspect of the pitch.
Part V: “Dolphin Tank” Project Consultations: Bringing it Home – Tuesday, April 12th at 2 PM ET
This last session will put the previous webinar lessons into practice where participants will have the opportunity to analyze and deliberate solutions to real-world conservation problems.