Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission, Vision, and Values

We improve the health of our communities by preserving and restoring natural areas and open space, protecting rivers and watersheds, and promoting stewardship of our environment.
The Conservation Foundation will be inclusive, equitable, accessible, dynamic, and open to new and different perspectives to effectively meet the unique needs of the diverse communities we serve.
We believe:
Every person, regardless of where they live or their social-economic status, deserves clean water, clean air, healthy food, and safe access to nature as a way to be healthy and happy.

We envision a sustainable region where, through education and collaboration:

  • Protected natural areas provide habitats for wildlife and places where people can enjoy nature forever.
  • Public and private partnerships accelerate the pace of land preservation for the enrichment of all.
  • People benefit from and enjoy clean and healthy streams, wetlands, and lakes.
  • All land development incorporates stewardship of the environment.
  • People understand and embrace conservation issues, and act to preserve the environment.

The Conservation Foundation is a recognized expert and reasoned voice on conservation issues and with the help of its members and donors, provides the leadership required to achieve this vision.

Our Strategic Focus

Over the next five years, The Conservation Foundation will continue to strengthen its commitment to be an inclusive, community-based organization with impactful on-the-ground programs and projects tailored to the needs of each community served. This approach will result in:

  • Deeper mission impact in our communities
  • Local, grassroots efforts that help mitigate the impacts of climate change
  • A consistent and expected presence in our communities
  • Meaningful and long-lasting relationships with communities and individuals
  • A more engaged community in local conservation
  • Broader community support for TCF and for local conservation programs
  • Communities where conservation is embraced as a core value
  • View our Strategic Plan Fiscal Years 2023 – 2027

Statement of Values

We embrace the values of transparency, integrity, honesty, and humility in our commitment to:

  • The public good
  • Responsible stewardship of resources
  • Upholding the law
  • Striving for excellence
  • Respecting the worth, dignity, and diversity of our natural environment
  • Respecting the value, dignity, and diversity of individuals
  • Creating a welcoming environment for all individuals
  • Maintaining the public trust

These values lead directly to our Code of Ethics and underlie our commitment to our mission. The values inform and guide the actions that we take in developing our policies and practices. Learn more about our efforts regarding inclusion and diversity in all of its forms.

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