Urban Land Conservancy (Proposal Excerpt)
Established in 2013, the Urban Land Conservancy is a Denver, Colorado based nonprofit organization that uses real estate as a tool to benefit urban communities. The mission of Urban Land Conservancy is to acquire, develop, and preserve community real estate assets in urban areas for a variety of community needs such as schools, affordable housing, community centers and office space for nonprofits. We focus our efforts on the Denver metropolitan area, concentrating on the potential impact of the investment, while remaining mindful of the intersections between neighborhood and transit corridors. In much the same way that a land trust preserves open space for future generations, we preserve community real estate assets in urban areas to ensure continued community benefit for generations.
Our strategic real estate investments and partnerships work together to create positive impact in neighborhoods with significant poverty and those that are facing gentrification pressures. Real estate investments from Urban Land Conservancy create much needed economic opportunities for low-income residents. Throughout the process of acquiring, developing, and preserving local assets, we actively engage the voice and perspective of residents and promote positive change. Our actions provide a framework for successful community development. To date, we have invested $60 million in 25 real estate properties, creating thousands of jobs, and leveraging more than $360 million in economic development through our public, private, and nonprofit partners.
Urban Land Conservancy’s three main programs, Transit Oriented Development, Real Estate Stewardship, and Denver Shared Spaces, are guided by our recognition of the importance of community engagement, coupled with the desire and ability to provide essential leadership with our site acquisition and development services.
Bay.org (Proposal Excerpt)
The most trusted voice for water in Northern California, Bay.org is a nonprofit organization with a mission to protect, restore and inspire conservation of San Francisco Bay, from the Sierra to the sea. We are San Francisco Bay’s largest watershed conservation group, addressing today’s most important water-related critical issues including climate change, wildlife protection, sustainability, coast and ocean protection, and watershed health. Through science and research, field conservation, education, and animal encounters in a natural settings, Bay.org is shifting the environmental conversation from scarcity to abundance and from fear to opportunity.
With over 10 million visitors each year, Pier 39, the Aquarium and the Bay Institute, with their combined 50+ years in public service, have the capacity to reach an extremely large demographic. With our science driven focus, we have created the only San Francisco Bay watershed learning center in the region. The Aquarium of the Bay is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and is the only dedicated facility of its kind in the state of California to be a Smithsonian Affiliate.
The local Bay-Delta Estuary and its watershed provide water, agriculture, fisheries, recreation, beauty, and biodiversity to millions of people. It contains more than 90% of California’s remaining coastal wetlands, and provides drinking water for over 22 million people. Yet few adults or school age children in the area understand what a watershed is, how critical it is to their everyday lives, and what they can do to improve watershed health. Expanding our community’s knowledge of the Bay-Delta ecosystem and how it improves, and in many ways defines our society is crucial to water conservation.