Announcing our new Land Trust Accreditation!
Madison Audubon is a non-profit that works to acquire, steward, and conserve land – in other words, a land trust organization. Back in 2012, we made a bold decision to seek national land trust accreditation, a mark of distinction awarded to organizations meeting the highest national standards for excellence and land conservation permanence. This was no easy undertaking. Indeed, of roughly 500 Audubon chapters in the U.S., there is only one other chapter that has received this distinction. We're proud to say that Madison Audubon is now the second nationally-accredited Audubon chapter and among an elite group of other land trust organizations around the country that have received this recognition!
WHAT IS ACCREDITATION?
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of an organization’s policies and programs. Think of it like an audit of how a land trust does business. It gets deep into the nitty gritty – policies, procedures, record-keeping, finances, governance, land stewardship, and so much more. So we’ve been working diligently to demonstrate that Madison Audubon meets rigorous standards for excellence, accountability, and permanence of our conservation efforts. If you'd like more information about land trust accreditation, you can find it here.
Madison Audubon is honored to continue to protect the land we all cherish, and the species that rely on healthy ecosystems. Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to the many people who helped make national accreditation possible. And of course, we couldn't do any of this work at all without our generous, vibrant donor and membership base -- you are the heart of our work!