Friends Summit

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Albuquerque, NM

May 17th-19th



Day 1 

Tuesday, May 17th

Noon-6:00

  • Registration Table Open
  • Chaco Entrance

5:00-6:00 Welcome Reception- Courtyard

  • Appetizers and Drinks

6:00-6:45 Evening Program- Courtyard

  • Opening Land Acknowledgement
  • Welcome and Opening Remarks 
    • Ed Norton; Chairman, Conservation Lands Foundation & Jocelyn Torres, Senior Field Director, Conservation Lands Foundation
  • Friends Grassroots Network Awards Ceremony
  •  New FGN Partner Highlight
    • Trail Access Project
      • Ed Price

6:45 Dinner- Courtyard

 

Day 2

Wednesday, May 18th

8:00-8:45 Body and Land: A Practice in Listening (Optional Morning Activity)

  • Brooke Smiley
  • This is an arrival space to slow down, and remember our personal connection with earth. This session shares somatic resources to explore our interrelationship with our internal systems and the minerals, elements, and relatives around us, while orienting towards comfort and choice in the body. The intention is to individually and collectively experience insight into our body’s why - remembering our original passion for what we do and reflect on our personal practice of sustainability, while in a generative relationship with the earth. This session shares somatic resources from a Western and Indigenous perspective.
  • Courtyard

9:00-9:45 Welcome and Plenary Session 1: The Trail to Victory: Traversing a Rocky Political Landscape in 2022 and Beyond

  • David Feinman; Government Affairs Director, Conservation Lands Foundation
  • Following four challenging years of defending our public lands from attacks by the previous administration, we welcomed a change in leadership in Washington with hope for significant conservation policy outcomes towards protecting our public lands and addressing the climate and biodiversity crises. While some gains have been achieved, the politics of an evenly divided Congress and significant domestic and foreign policy challenges for the Biden administration have delayed many outcomes of importance, but there are still opportunities to achieve meaningful victories. In this session, David will share his outlook for the remainder of 2022; what the next two years in Congress may look like; why the conservation movement should maintain hope and perseverance while traversing a rocky political landscape; and what you can do to make the journey to achieving victories a little smoother.
  • Chaco Room

9:45-10:00 Break

10:00-10:45 Plenary Session 2- Funders Panel Discussion

  • Philanthropy is in a constant state of change - now more than ever with funders embracing new practices such as participatory grant making and trust-based philanthropy. What remains unchanged is the value in hearing directly from the funders themselves. Our panelists will explore new trends, how the Friends Grassroots Network fits into philanthropic goals, and what the funding opportunities for conservation look like at the moment.
  • Moderator- Suzanne Connors; Development Senior Director, Conservation Lands Foundation
  • Panelists: 
    • Alfredo Gonzalez; Director, Southern California, Resources Legacy Fund
    • Natasha Hale; Catena Foundation
    • Josie Norris; Grant Program Director, Conservation Alliance
    • Meghan Wolf; Campaigns & Advocacy-Lands & Waters, Patagonia
  • Chaco Room 

10:45-11:00 Transition/Break Time

11:00-Noon Morning Breakout Sessions

  • The Changing Demographic Landscape and Its Impact on Philanthropy
    • The USA is experiencing major demographic shifts—generational change, shifts in the racial composition of our country, and the increasing and unprecedented wealth gap.  Several states are already majority people of color and the nation is being called to account about white supremacy and racism. In addition, we deal with the climate crisis, COVID, the role of technology and more.  In this interactive workshop Kim Klein will discuss the impact these changes have on fundraising and how to plan for them.  Some of these shifts provide major opportunities, some require re-tooling entire programs and some simply make fundraising harder.  Participants will be asked to share their own experiences. 
    • Kim Klein; Consultant, Klein and Roth Consulting
    • Chaco Room
  • Implementing NEPA in Today’s Diverse America: A Need for Greater Multilingual Engagement and Cultural Sensitivity
    • Louis Medina; Communications Director, Friends of the Inyo
    • Much guidance has been provided to Federal agencies regarding their duty to inform about significant consequences of proposed actions that adversely affect environmental and human health, so that the public can participate in the assessment of environmental impacts before final decisions are made. But how much of this is actually being carried out and how can Federal agencies and nonprofits work together to ensure greater multilingual and culturally sensitive engagement of underrepresented communities in NEPA in today’s culturally and linguistically diverse America?
    • Silver/Turquoise Room
  • Leadership Development
    • Skye Schell; Founder, YellowTree Strategies
    • Are you using all the tools available to 501(c)3 nonprofits? Are you turning your members and activists into effective leaders? In this session we will dive into the world of leadership development, one of the most important yet overlooked tools for organizers. We will present an overview with examples to illustrate the “ladder of engagement” and “ladder of leadership,”structured leadership development programs, and strategies to get your members in formal decision-making positions. This will be an interactive workshop and you will identify what tools you could add to build more power and win more campaigns.
    • Pottery Room
  • Tips and Tools for Prioritizing Partnerships
    • Trevor Kaul; Associate, Training Resources for the Environmental Community
    • Do you ever feel unsure about your strategy for partnerships? Or that there are simply more organizations to work with than you have the capacity to build genuine relationships with? In this session we’ll explore some tools which can help you develop a diverse portfolio of partnerships based on the world you hope to create.
    • Chaco 3 Room

Noon-1:00 Lunch (Patio & Balcony)

  • Alexandra “Axie” Navas; Director, New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Division
    • The intersections between public lands, conservation, and outdoor recreation
    • Patio

1:00-3:00 Afternoon Breakout Sessions 

  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) 101 & Hypothetical
    • Danielle Murray; Senior Legal and Policy Director, Conservation Lands Foundation & Todd Tucci; Senior Attorney, Advocates for the West
    • The National Environmental Policy Act ensures the public has a voice in managing our public lands. In this session, you will learn the basics of the NEPA process, from scoping comments to the Record of Decision. We will dive into how your group can build effective campaigns around the NEPA planning process to support strong conservation outcomes.
    • Chaco Room
  • Introduction to Strategic Organizing and Guiding Principles for Success
    • David Hunt; Founder & Director, David Hunt & Associates
    • What do we mean when we say organizing and how can we ensure success by using some simple and reliable organizing principles? In this session, participants will spend the first hour exploring the differences between the many forms, functions and roles of organizing, including advocacy and strategic organizing. Participants will also explore how these different forms of organizing can work together in a strategic campaign. During the second hour, participants take these foundational concepts and apply fundamental guiding principles of strategic organizing as a tool for developing a campaign.
    • Pottery Room
  • Legacy Giving
    • Kim Klein; Consultant, Klein and Roth Consulting
    • Nonprofit organizations with few or no development staff and an overworked Executive Director postpone focusing on legacy giving because they have too many immediate needs and looming deadlines.  The unpredictability of the income from this strategy, the fear of not understanding elements of legacy giving, and a general reluctance to bring up the topic mean that small organizations fail to invite donors to make legacy gifts to them.  But it doesn’t have to be this way. In this workshop you will learn what you need to put in place, what you need to understand and how you can begin to bring up the topic with donors, all without investing massive amounts of time or money.  
    • Chac 3 Room
  • Internal Organizational Work as the Driver of Equity and Justice – a Human Centered Approach
    • Elyane Stefanick; California Program Director, Conservation Lands Foundation & Jamie Wienk; Associate HR and Administrative Director, Conservation Lands Foundation & Julie Thibodeau; Senior Finance and Operations Director, Conservation Lands Foundation
    • The foundation to any organization and its ability to achieve true organization effectiveness starts with the human capital. The operational, financial and human resources function of an organization is critical to supporting the human capital. As we come out of this historic pandemic and wade through all of the injustices and inequities in our world, it’s critical we focus on a human-centered approach to our work that embeds equity and justice. Come learn the importance of identifying your organization’s values, approaches to embedding equity and justice into your work and how best you can support your staff.
    • Silver/Turquoise Room

1:15-3:15 Pre-Registered Afternoon Breakout

  • Refresh and recharge: Take your leadership to the next level
    • Mackenzie Banta; Consultant 
    • As a board member for your important organization, are you feeling overwhelmed, disengaged or don't know what to do in your role to be successful? This breakout session will support you in rediscovering and identifying how you can make an impact in your group. This is an interactive workshop to assist you in knowing and identifying what your role is and how to be most effective for your mission. There will be both group discussion as well as time for you to outline  your personal action plan that will provide you with practical steps to be your best. In addition to this workshop, there will be a follow up support call you're invited to attend later in the summer for coaching and follow up to answer questions. Your organization is making a difference and you are a vital part of that value.
    • Off-site meeting space (Holiday Inn Express Conference Room) and need to pre-register. Limited to 15 participants.

 

3:00-5:00 Break

5:00-6:00 Evening Social Hour

  • Courtyard

6:00-8:30- Evening Activities

  • Dinner
    • 6:45
    • Courtyard
  • The Spirit Coalescent Performance
    • 7:30
    • James will be performing with the Spirit Coalescent combining original instrumental compositions, several giant multi-media visual art pieces painted by Karen and photographed by Patrick Hazen, dynamic choreography from Maura Garcia all tied it together through the poetry of James Pakootas. Audiences will have the rare opportunity to immerse themselves in a multi-sensory experience curated by one of today's most innovative indigenous artists. The performance demonstrates the bond between the human experience and our role in nature as we interact and share space with the elements around us.
    • Courtyard

 

Day 3

Thursday, May 19th

8:00-8:45 Body and Land: A Practice in Listening (Optional Morning Activity)

  • Brooke Smiley
  • This is an arrival space to slow down, and remember our personal connection with earth. This session shares somatic resources to explore our interrelationship with our internal systems and the minerals, elements, and relatives around us, while orienting towards comfort and choice in the body. The intention is to individually and collectively experience insight into our body’s why - remembering our original passion for what we do and reflect on our personal practice of sustainability, while in a generative relationship with the earth. This session shares somatic resources from a Western and Indigenous perspective.
  • Courtyard

9:00-9:45 Welcome and Plenary Session 1: Partnership for Progress: Bureau of Land Management and Conservation Lands Foundation Jim Kenna; Conservation Lands Foundation Board

  • Moderator- Kris Deutschman; Senior Communication Director, Conservation Lands Foundation
  • Panelists-Barbara Keleher; National Monuments and National Conservation Areas Lead, Bureau of Land Management &  Matthew Magaletti; National Partnership Coordinator, Bureau of Land Management
  • What does the new Bureau of Land Management and Conservation Lands Foundation formal collaboration mean for National Conservation Lands and the Friends Grassroots Network? This session lays out the scope of this partnership, including the creation of a national public awareness campaign to inspire visitors to visit respectfully and safely; sharing insights and information on grant funding and projects; and more! 
  • Chaco Room

9:45-10:00 Break

10:00-10:45 Plenary Session 2: America the Beautiful and The Climate Atlas

  • Danielle Murray; Senior Legal & Policy Director, Conservation Lands Foundation
  • The Biden Administration has made bold assertions about the importance of our nation's lands in the fight to mitigate the climate and biodiversity crisis. In this session, we will discuss the goals of this administration through the lens of the America the Beautiful report, climate change, and public lands. We will also dive into The Climate Atlas, an interactive mapping tool that connects the best available climate science with public lands. Lastly, we will discuss how existing and future National Conservation Lands are essential to achieving our nation’s conservation goals. 
  • Chaco Room

10:45-11:00 Transition/Break Time

11:00-Noon Morning Breakout Sessions

  • Raising $50k in Six Weeks
    • Kim Klein; Consultant, Klein and Roth Consulting
    • Do you have a specific need that costs $50,000 or less?  Do you need a chunk of money in a short period of time?  Do you have people who offer to help you but their schedules prevent them doing anything on a long term basis?  If yes, this simple campaign structure is for you.  No fancy materials, no detailed planning:  just “We need the money to do good work and we need it now.”  
    • In this fast paced workshop, Kim will give you the 8 steps to success with this strategy and show you examples of small organizations which have used it successfully.  You will have a chance to begin planning your own campaign.  Fun, intense, practical and do-able!
    • Silver/Turquoise Room
  • Cultivating an Inclusive Workplace: Strategies from an LGBTQ+ Lens
    • Facilitators- Neak Loucks and Katie Wallace
    • Incorporating principles of equity and inclusion through concrete action can feel complex and challenging, yet such action is integral to retaining staff who hold marginalized identities, as well as to cultivating effective relationships with partners and donors. 
    • In this session, we will:
      • Discuss why moving from caring to taking concrete action is important and offer strategies for cultivating staff and board member buy-in. 
      • Present specific techniques for cultivating LGBTQ+ allyship and workplace cultural change and a framework to help avoid the paralysis of feeling like one doesn’t know enough to take action.
      • Provide a tool to assess LGBTQ+ equity and inclusion in workplace policies and resources to support further learning.
    • Though this session focuses on LGBTQ+ equity and inclusion, we approach this topic through a lens that can be applied to foster an organizational culture and workplace environment that supports individuals who experience other forms of marginalization.
    • Note: To optimize empowering participants toward implementation in their own organizations, we will minimize time spent on LGBTQ+ terms and definitions in favor of bridging that basic knowledge to actionable strategies for enacting change in the workplace. If you would like to engage with “LGBTQ+ 101” topics prior to this session, we have compiled a brief primer with additional resources listed.
    • Pottery Room
  • The Pre-mortem: A campaign prediction exercise to design stronger campaigns
    • Trevor Kaul; Associate, Training Resources for the Environmental Community
    • Have you ever worked on a significant campaign where everyone got along seamlessly, your opponents acted as expected, and everything went just like you initially planned it? Nope? Me either. In this session you’ll learn how to facilitate the “pre-mortem” exercise. This exercise is an amazing and inclusive opportunity to strengthen your campaign plans while deepening relationships with your team, your coalitions, and your community.  
    • Chaco 3
  • Civic Engagement
    • Skye Schell; Founder, YellowTree Strategies
    • Are you engaging in the democratic process to your full potential as a 501(c)3? Are your members lobbying and voting (if eligible) and holding your elected representatives accountable? In this session we will dive into the world of civic and political engagement, staying within the bounds of IRS rules. We will present an “electoral cycle” framework and provide an overview of strategies ranging from voter registration to candidate questionnaires, and from canvassing to voter data. This will be an interactive workshop and you will identify what tools you could add to build more power and win more campaigns.
    • Chaco Room

Noon-1:00 Lunch

  • Patio/Balcony

1:00-3:00 Afternoon Breakout Sessions 

  • Resource Management Planning (RMP) 101 & Case Study
    • Danielle Murray; Senior Legal and Policy Director, Conservation Lands Foundation & Todd Tucci; Senior Attorney, Advocates for the West
    • Chaco Room
  • Understanding the need for developing a power analysis.
    • David Hunt; Founder & Director, David Hunt & Associates
    • What is power and how can a deeper understanding of the role it plays in campaigns help us succeed? In this session, participants will discuss the importance of power relations in civic engagement and organizing as a critical first step to a successful organizing campaign.
    • Pottery Room
  • Starting a Major Gifts Program
    • Kim Klein; Consultant, Klein and Roth Consulting
    • The purpose of fundraising is to build relationships.  We want donors to love the work we do so that they want to give every year and, possibly, bring in friends to join them.  Donors who give gifts which are much larger than we normally receive, or are large relative to the ability of the donor are called ‘major donors.’  Almost every organization has some, but what we want is to create a program that invites people to become major donors and to keep giving year after year.  In this workshop you will learn how to create or expand your major donor efforts, and you will have a chance to practice asking for larger gifts.  
    • Chaco 3
  • Rebuilding Relationships
    • Moderator- Kris Deutschman; Senior Communication Director, Conservation Lands Foundation
    • Panelists-Barbara Keleher; National Monuments and National Conservation Areas Lead, Bureau of Land Management &  Matthew Magaletti; National Partnership Coordinator, Bureau of Land Management
      • Jim Kenna; Conservation Lands Foundation Board Member
    • Barbara Keleher; National Monuments and National Conservation Areas Lead, Bureau of Land Management &  Matthew Magaletti; National Partnership Coordinator, Bureau of Land Management
    • Want to share experiences and explore ideas for how the Friends Network can support under-staffed and under-resourced Bureau of Land Management District offices? Then this workshop is for you. We intend to have robust conversation about how we can support each other for maximum impact over the next several years. 
    • Silver/Turquoise Room

1:15-3:15 Pre-Registered Afternoon Breakout

  • Refresh and recharge: Take your leadership to the next level
    • Mackenzie Banta; Consultant 
    • As a board member for your important organization, are you feeling overwhelmed, disengaged or don't know what to do in your role to be successful? This breakout session will support you in rediscovering and identifying how you can make an impact in your group. This is an interactive workshop to assist you in knowing and identifying what your role is and how to be most effective for your mission. There will be both group discussion as well as time for you to outline  your personal action plan that will provide you with practical steps to be your best. In addition to this workshop, there will be a follow up support call you're invited to attend later in the summer for coaching and follow up to answer questions. Your organization is making a difference and you are a vital part of that value.
    • Off-site meeting space (Holiday Inn Express Conference Room) and need to pre-register. Limited to 15 participants.

3:00-5:00 Break

  • Spirit Coalescence Art Discussion
    • Courtyard
  • LGTBQ+ In Conservation Affinity Space
    • This session will be an informal space in which LGBTQ+ attendees can gather to connect, build community, and share insights and experiences. This will be an unstructured gathering with some optional prompts and materials available to spur conversation. As an LGBTQ+ affinity space, this session is for people who hold identities within the LGBTQ+ umbrella.
    • Courtyard
  • Courtyard

5:00-6:00 Evening Social Hour

  • Courtyard

6:00-8:30- Evening Activities 

  • Char Overby; Senior Program Director, Conservation Lands Foundation
  • Keynote Address- 6:00-6:45
    • Chair Mallory, Council on Environmental quality
    • Brenda Mallory was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 14, 2021 and sworn in as the 12th Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). She is the first African American to serve in this position. As Chair, she advises the President on environmental and natural resources policies that improve, preserve, and protect public health and the environment for America’s communities. She is focused particularly on addressing the environmental justice and climate change challenges the nation faces while advancing opportunities for job growth and economic development.
    • Chaco 
  • Dinner
    • 6:45
    • Courtyard
  • Lyla June Musical Performance
    • 7:30
    • Lyla June is an Indigenous musician, scholar and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages. Her dynamic, multi-genre presentation style has engaged audiences across the globe towards personal, collective and ecological healing. She blends studies in Human Ecology at Stanford, graduate work in Indigenous Pedagogy, and the traditional worldview she grew up with to inform her music, perspectives and solutions. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree, focusing on Indigenous food systems revitalization.
    • Courtyard

 

Day 4

Friday, May 20th

No programming!

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