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Campbell & Company is celebrating the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, which was signed into law on August 4, 2020. The most significant new federal conservation law in 40 years, the Act will:

  • Provide up $9.5 billion over the next five years in the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund to provide needed maintenance for critical facilities and infrastructure in our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, recreation areas, and American Indian schools.
  • Use royalties from offshore oil and natural gas to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund $900 million a year to invest in conservation and recreation opportunities across the countryhelping to increase access to outdoor spaces.

In our consulting engagements with a wide range of environmental nonprofits, we’ve seen firsthand how important federal funding is to accomplishing land conservation and other objectives critical to combatting climate change, promoting human health, and protecting nature.

Blog, Environment & Conservation Trends

The past three years have brought significant change to the environmental sector. From 2016 to 2018, giving to environment/animals organizations increased at a higher rate than total charitable giving in the United States: 13.5 percent versus 7.9 percent in current dollars, respectively.[1]

Following the 2016 presidential election, many high-profile organizations in this space experienced elevated levels of giving and an influx of new donors—a phenomenon popularly termed the “Trump bump.”

Download 2019 State of the Environmental Sector, a research study. 

Campbell & Company Research Findings, Fundraising, Environment & Conservation Trends

The longest government shutdown in the nation’s history officially ended on January 25, 2019. During the 35-day partial shutdown, approximately 420,000 federal workers worked without pay, and another 380,000 were furloughed (TIME, 2019).

Government shutdowns can have heavy impacts for many nonprofit organizations that often work to fill gaps left by suspended federal services.

Many human services organizations see a spike in demand for necessities, such as food and shelter, while simultaneously struggling with a lack of government funding. Other nonprofits, such as environmental and disaster relief organizations, see a less immediate impact.

Nonprofit News, Campbell & Company Research Findings, Human Services Trends, Environment & Conservation Trends



Can my organization properly respond to a succession emergency? Are we preparing emerging leaders to move up in the organization and fill future vacancies? Succession planning is a topic that keeps many nonprofit leaders up at night with questions like these. 

In 2016, Campbell & Company interviewed over a dozen leaders in environmental and conservation organizations to explore challenges facing the sector. Succession planning emerged as a trending topic in these conversations, so we decided to dive deeper in 2018. 

We spoke with 12 representatives—including board members, incoming leaders, and outgoing leaders—from five conservation-related organizations to learn about their experiences with succession planning and leadership development.  

Talent Management Strategies, Campbell & Company Research Findings, Executive Search, Environment & Conservation Trends, Succession Planning

Can my organization properly respond to a succession emergency? Are we preparing emerging leaders to move up in the organization and fill future vacancies? Succession planning is a topic that keeps many nonprofit leaders up at night with questions like these. 

In 2016, Campbell & Company interviewed over a dozen leaders in environmental and conservation organizations to explore challenges facing the sector. Succession planning emerged as a trending topic in these conversations, so we decided to dive deeper in 2018. 

We spoke with 12 representatives—including board members, incoming leaders, and outgoing leaders—from five conservation-related organizations to learn about their experiences with succession planning and leadership development.  

Talent Management Strategies, Campbell & Company Research Findings, Executive Search, Environment & Conservation Trends, Succession Planning



Can my
 organization properly respond to a succession emergency? Are we preparing emerging leaders to move up in the organization and fill future vacancies? Succession planning is a topic that keeps many nonprofit leaders up at night with questions like these. 

In 2016, Campbell & Company interviewed over a dozen leaders in environmental and conservation organizations to explore challenges facing the sector. Succession planning emerged as a trending topic in these conversations, so we decided to dive deeper in 2018. 

We spoke with 12 representatives—including board members, incoming leaders, and outgoing leaders—from five conservation-related organizations to learn about their experiences with succession planning and leadership development.

Talent Management Strategies, Campbell & Company Research Findings, Executive Search, Environment & Conservation Trends, Succession Planning

In 2014, total charitable giving to nonprofit organizations in the environment and animals sector reached an all-time high of $10.50 billion in inflation-adjusted dollars, according to the recently released Giving USA 2015: The Annual Report on Philanthropy. Contributions to environment and animals organizations increased by 7 percent (between 2013 and 2014), the fifth consecutive increase in giving to this sector. This is a clear indication of a subsector that is evolving and growing – and attracting significant gifts from wealthy individuals and foundations. Below are key findings and recommendations to help environment and animals organizations capitalize on this growth and prepare for their future in fundraising.

Nonprofit Trends, Giving USA, Environment & Conservation Trends