Are you interested in connecting with more people, from all walks of life?
We work with you to enhance your leadership, to create a culture that inspires participation and volunteer efforts, and to increase contributions for the organization and related programs and projects.
Rather than do the work for you, we focus on coaching: providing you with the strategy, tactics, skills, feedback, brainstorming, examples, and copy-writing/editing support that allow you to continue to grow and expand your impact beyond our work together.
We focus on communications and engagement that draw people together—and to your land trust—using techniques from neuroscience, marketing, donor-centered engagement, environmental physiology, conservation psychology, and organizational and behavioral change theory.
In partnership with W Design, or your own designers, we also work to help transform your outreach, educational materials, and marketing to be more visually inspiring and impactful.
How people work with us
We provide training both remotely and on-site. Trainings are customized to you and your needs and vary in approach:
A focused, remote coaching relationship where we identify one or more areas where we can make a difference within 8 to 12 hours, usually at a pace of three to four hours per month. This often involves some editing, research, and copy-writing by Community Consultants to help you further your goals.
Monthly or bi-monthly calls
Some organizations find monthly brainstorming calls helpful. Topics include leadership development, organizational capacity and growth strategy, content strategy and storytelling, climate change communications, and fundraising approaches to grow momentum and greater impact.
Coaching for eight to twelve months
Many groups elect to work with us in a more systemic manner. We approach the work from a strategic perspective, and then drop down into the nuts and bolts. Together, we work to find the appropriate level of support that meets your schedule and needs, and that builds your capacity and impact. If you are working with us over time, we bring current data and perspectives to the table to help you incrementally enhance your work and impact.
Ongoing coaching and support
We work with a limited number of conservation organizations on an ongoing basis to provide strategic, and tactical, support related to communications, organizational development, project development, and fundraising.
Judy Anderson of Community Consultants has worked in the land trust sector for over 25 years. Judy currently assists nonprofit organizations on practical strategic conservation initiatives, incorporating local communities, climate change, governance, communications, and community-based fundraising strategies.
She also coaches land trusts on inclusive conservation, easement drafting and stewardship, and building greater community relevance to ensure their work withstands the test of time. Judy is a regular presenter at national and regional land trust conferences and provides trainings on topics including fundraising/outreach, easement drafting/stewardship, climate change and land protection, and inclusive community conservation.
I grew up in southern Vermont, spending the majority of my time outside—on farms, in the woods, exploring beaver ponds and wetlands. At that time, the pasteurization laws were changing, and small dairy farms were under stress. I felt the tension caused by this change, with my community looking for economic progress and stability yet feeling a strong desire to retain the family farms and connection to the land.
My friends and neighbors came from all walks of life, within a landscape where not every family had the financial ability to sustain adequate housing, transportation, or food. Jobs were not a given, and self-reliance on the land was not uncommon. I remember watching classmates get off the school bus and walk towards houses without windows, or only plastic coverings for windows, as the frost on the school bus window glinted in the winter sun—memories I carry with me today.
Working on farms and ranches; teaching ecology and riding horses; and traveling throughout the country, I have spent my life finding the common ground and humanity in people and the lands and communities where they work. I have long advocated for those who have lost their voice—or never had one—in the discussion of how and where they live, whether that be the plants and animals of a landscape or the people who call it home.
We have an ever-increasing task to conserve the lands and waters that are vital to their own intrinsic survival as well as to our own. When combined at various scales and approaches, be it landscape or neighborhood-based, land conservation has the opportunity to foster a place for all of us to come together and address the issues that we are facing as individuals, as a community, and as a nation.
My work with nonprofits reflects this perspective. Whether a local school, a historic preservation group, or a land trust, finding the scale, impact, and strategy to change lives is the heart of what we do, together.