FAQs

Why support The Trust for Public Land Action Fund?

Private funding is not enough to protect the places we value most: lakes and rivers, wildlife habitat, watersheds, farms and ranches, historic landscapes, and places to bike, swim, hike, fish, hunt and enjoy the outdoors. We need public funding, generated through ballot initiatives and legislation, if we are to keep pace with development and preserve our land and water for future generations.

Few contributions you make will be spent more efficiently or have a bigger impact.  Every $1 contributed to The Trust for Public Land Action Fund has helped create more than $2,000 in new public funds for conservation. More than 85 percent of all donations to The Trust for Public Land Action Fund go directly to state and local ballot measure campaigns and legislative work.

How do we differ from other environmental groups?

The Trust for Public Land Action Fund is the only national organization devoted exclusively to advocacy for ballot measures and state legislation that create public funds to protect land and water. Unlike many environmental groups, we do not buy land or support scientific research. Our work is entirely devoted to encouraging the creation of more public financing for conservation. Because we work directly on ballot measures, contributions to The Trust for Public Land Action Fund are not tax-deductible.

How much do we spend on operations and fundraising?

From 2009 to 2013, The Trust for Public Land Action Fund spent an average of under 12 percent of total income on overhead and fundraising. For a financial summary, see our most recent Annual Report.

Where do we work?

The Trust for Public Land Action Fund helps pass funding initiatives in all parts of the United States and in every type of jurisdiction. We work in villages, towns, special districts, counties, cities, and on statewide ballot measures. In 2014, we also began working on the federal level to support reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

How can I get The Trust for Public Land Action Fund to help my community?

To learn more about how we can help you, go to the Campaign Services page or contact us at 617-371-0526 or Linda.Orel@tplactionfund.org. We will follow up to help you plan. If you do not yet have a formalized campaign, The Trust for Public Land Action Fund can assist you from the start.

Where does The Trust for Public Land Action Fund get its financial support?

The Trust for Public Land Action Fund receives contributions from individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations, including The Trust for Public Land and The Nature Conservancy. The Trust for Public Land Action Fund is a 501 (c)(4) nonprofit organization; because of our official mission working directly on legislation and ballot measures, contributions are not tax-deductible. For more information on The Trust for Public Land Action Fund’s financial support see our most recent Annual Report.

Does The Trust for Public Land Action Fund support political candidates?

The Trust for Public Land Action Fund does not engage in any partisan political activity, and does not support or oppose candidates for public office.

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