Local Land Trust Aims to Raise $1 Million and Permanently Protect Over 3800 Acres of Natural Areas and Farm Land by 2018.
For over 16 years, Red-tail Land Conservancy has preserved, protected, and restored natural areas and farm land in east central Indiana while increasing awareness of our natural heritage. This past weekend, with more than $200,000 raised to-date, the land trust announced the public phase of a $1 million initiative that focuses on the comprehensive growth of the organization.
The goals of Red-tail’s Capacity Expansion Initiative are to grow the organization’s capacity to permanently preserve, protect and restore more land in ECI, to open more properties to the public and broaden their support base. “By expanding our land holdings to an impressive 2,625 acres at 36 sites in six ECI counties, we have reached the time when it is imperative that we prepare for the future sustainability of the organization” said Barry Banks, founder and executive director.
Banks noted that the initial silent phase began in 2014. The organization has already raised a significant portion of its goal through private donations, 100% board participation and the generous support of the Ball Brothers Foundation and George and Frances Ball Foundation. “These foundations have played a major role in our success since the inception of Red-tail in 1999. A dollar-for-dollar match from these two foundations means a $1000 donation has the ability to make a $3000 impact. Investing in Red-tail is a good idea”
We are living in a time when our land has never been more threatened. The work this organization is doing is important and is never finished.
The initiative also contains non-financial goals. The organization plans to expand its protected land to over 3800 acres by 2018 and will open five more properties to the public. Red-tail recently moved to an appropriately sized headquarters in the Historic Rose Court Building in downtown Muncie and filled 3 support staff positions in preparation for the expansion.
Mike Galliher, President and CEO of Boyce Forms/Systems, and President of Red-tail’s Board of Directors said, “I am honored to support this endeavor. We are living in a time when our land has never been more threatened. The work this organization is doing is important and is never finished.” Mike and his wife, Cathy, plan to host a private fundraising gathering in their home as do fellow board members and ‘friends of the land’ throughout 2016.
To have your gift matched, simply make a donation between now and October 31, 2016.
Gifts can also be mailed to Red-tail Land Conservancy, 125 E. Charles St. Suite 200, Muncie, Indiana 47305