Nature Conservancy
55 Church Street
Floor 3
New Haven CT 06510-3029
Contact Information
Address 55 Church Street
Floor 3
New Haven, CT 06510-3029
Telephone (203) 568-6299 x
Fax 203-568-6271
E-mail christopher.raiford@tnc.org
Web and Social Media
Mission
The Nature Conservancy's mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. 

Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.

How do we achieve this mission and vision? 

  • Through the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, including more than 600 scientists, all of whom impact conservation in 69 countries. 
  • With the help of our many partners, from individuals and governments to local nonprofits and corporations.  
  • By using a non-confrontational, collaborative approach and staying true to our five unique core values.  

That’s how The Nature Conservancy has done more than anyone else to advance conservation around the world since our founding in 1951.

 
We live in an age of unprecedented threats to our natural world.  As the planet's population grows, heading toward at least 9 billion people by 2050, corresponding demands for food, water and energy have accelerated the impact on Earth's natural systems.  The resulting effects of climate change are broad, pervasive and unpredictable.
 
The Nature Conserancy is facing this reality by focusing on four global challenges:  1) conserving critical lands; 2) restoring our oceans; 3) securing fresh water; 4) reducing the impacts of climate change and; 5) bringing the benefits of nature to cities.  To address these challenges, we pursue four broad priorities or solutions: 1) protecting and restoring natural systems; 2) using nature sustainably; 3) broadening the constituency for conservation; and 4) strengthening our organizational effectiveness. 
 
The Connecticut Chapter contributes to this mission by conserving significant natural places and systems within Connecticut, across the region and around the world. 
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1951
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Frogard Ryan
Board Chair Allen Rosenshine
Board Chair Company Affiliation BBDO Chairman Emeritus
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission
The Nature Conservancy's mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. 

Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.

How do we achieve this mission and vision? 

  • Through the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, including more than 600 scientists, all of whom impact conservation in 69 countries. 
  • With the help of our many partners, from individuals and governments to local nonprofits and corporations.  
  • By using a non-confrontational, collaborative approach and staying true to our five unique core values.  

That’s how The Nature Conservancy has done more than anyone else to advance conservation around the world since our founding in 1951.

 
We live in an age of unprecedented threats to our natural world.  As the planet's population grows, heading toward at least 9 billion people by 2050, corresponding demands for food, water and energy have accelerated the impact on Earth's natural systems.  The resulting effects of climate change are broad, pervasive and unpredictable.
 
The Nature Conserancy is facing this reality by focusing on four global challenges:  1) conserving critical lands; 2) restoring our oceans; 3) securing fresh water; 4) reducing the impacts of climate change and; 5) bringing the benefits of nature to cities.  To address these challenges, we pursue four broad priorities or solutions: 1) protecting and restoring natural systems; 2) using nature sustainably; 3) broadening the constituency for conservation; and 4) strengthening our organizational effectiveness. 
 
The Connecticut Chapter contributes to this mission by conserving significant natural places and systems within Connecticut, across the region and around the world. 
Background
The Nature Conservancy was established in 1951 by a group of scientists and others concerned about the loss of the planet's natural treasures.  Key among those individuals was Dr. Richard H. Goodwin, botany professor at Connecticut College in New London and former trustee emeritus for the Connecticut Chapter.  In 1960, the Connecticut Chapter formally joined The Nature Conservancy with Dr. Goodwin as director.  Since then, the Chapter has protected more than 50,000 Connecticut acres.  The Connecticut Chapter maintains 60 preserves across the state and has a membership of about 24,000 households.  It has a volunteer Board of Trustees, a staff of 30, and projected total chapter expenditures of $6.662 million in fiscal year 2018.
Impact

Over the past year, TNC in CT made great strides in each of our priorities - land, freshwater, oceans, climate, and cities.  Noteworthy accomplishments include:

Long Island Sound:

The Nature Conservancy and its allies are spearheading the “Blue Plan” - a framework to ensure conservation of the Sound’s ecological resources while sustaining people’s traditional uses, such as boating and commercial and recreational fishing. Connecticut’s General Assembly and governor endorsed the creation of the Blue Plan unanimously adopting legislation that seeks to balance future uses of the Sound with the needs of its diverse habitats and creatures.

Connecticut River:

Due to the combined efforts of supporters and conservation team members, seventeen miles of the Connecticut River were freed from dams allowing migratory and resident fish species to return to their natural movement and migration patterns. We expect to see an increase in Atlantic Salmon numbers among other flagship species which the Connecticut River was once famous for. 

Chapman Pond:

After being at the brink of extinction, a strain of disease-tolerant American elms now call Chapman Pond home. With help from the Appalachian Mountain club, this preserve offers a campsite only accessible by non-motorized boats for Connecticut residents to enjoy the beauty of nature.

Needs
TNC provides expertise on land and water conservation; leadership among public/private organizations and on environmental stewardship; public outreach/education; development of science-based strategies for land and water protection.
CT River and CT Freshwater $1M: To protect and restore the River so it can flow freely and supply water and essential services to 2.3 million in its vast basin, or watershed. Programs: re-manage water for people and nature; reconnect rivers and streams; restore floodplains; and protect critical habitat.
Long Island Sound $1.3M: To protect and restore the Sound to optimum health for the benefit of people and nature. Programs: preserve and restore seascapes; prepare for climate change/adapt to sea level rise; develop an ocean plan to protect diversity and human use; improve water quality.
International Programs: To protect and restore lands and waters in key geographies around the world. Programs include: ensure sustainable agriculture; preserve freshwater supplies; protect standing forests; adapt to climate change; manage native lands; promote conservation projects with indigenous communities.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Environment / Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Areas Served
Internationally
Throughout the United States
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
State wide
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
National
International
Other
The Nature Conservancy works in all 50 United States and more than 70 countries.  The Connecticut Chapter is the organization's representative for the entire state, working to conserve the land and water on which all life depends throughout the state, including all connected lands, watersheds, and shorelines.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments The information here has been authorized and approved by The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut and its leaders.  
Programs
Description
Nothing is more important to life than clean, healthy water.  With your help, we can dramatically improve the health of Connecticut's fresh water.
 
We're restoring rivers by removing dams to increase fish populations, replanting floodplains to filer runoff and helping dam owners keep river flows in tune with natural flow patterns.  Our scientists are also leading water conservation efforts as far away as Colombia and Kenya.  
Population Served General/Unspecified / General/Unspecified / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Specific program outcomes will be to:
1) bring back the American elm
2) improve road-stream crossings
3) remove dams on key tributaries
4) protect critical watershed lands
5) partner and collaborate with various organizations for better river management
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Overall program goal is to protect and restore the 410-mile Connecticut River and its 20,000 miles of tributaries so it can flow freely and provide habitat to important species like the dwarf wedge mussel, Puritan tiger beetle and Jesup's milk-vetch, which are found nowhere else on earth.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Restoring the CT River to a more natural flow, and improving the surrounding watershed, is monitored by using baseline monitoring of floodplain forest species, geomorphic assessment, and fish and wildlife passage along key river and tributary passages.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Improved river connectivity, resulting in more natural flow, will over time, restore the American Elm to a more robust place in the floodplain forests; improve the health of the overall watershed' and protect the habitat of species in and along the river.
Description

Long Island Sound generates $9 billion each year for local economies, but this resource has reached its limits.  Your support will allow us to chart a new course for Connecticut's piece of the sea. 

 
We're advancing policies to promote sustainable uses, improving water quality, and working with coastal towns to restore natural storm defenses.
 
The Conservancy is the world's largest marine conservation organization, with local work expanding beyond New England as far as Chile and Micronesia.   
Population Served General/Unspecified / General/Unspecified / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Immediate outcomes will be to:
1) preserve and restore seascapes
2) prepare for climate change and adapt to sea level rise and more frequent storm surge, through the use of the Coastal Resilience Tool and planning workshops
3) develop an ocean plan to protect natural diversity and accommodate human use
4) work to identify and reduce excessive nutrient loads, such as nitrogen run-off, for conservation of sensitive ecosystems
5) improve migratory fish passage by removing dams and installing fish passageways in rivers and key tributaries of Long Island Sound.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Program long-term goal is to protect and restore the Long Island Sound so that is supports healthy natural habitats, serves as a sustainable economic engine for Connecticut and New York, and provides a safe, clean resource for human use, providing oppportunities for livelihoods and recreation.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

One key success indicator will be the utilization of the Coastal Resilience Tool – Led by The Nature Conservancy, the Coastal Resilience Project partnership also involves the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Columbia University Earth Institute/NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and the Association of State Floodplain Managers. Originally developed for Long Island in 2008, the Coastal Resilience Tool has since been expanded for Connecticut’s coastal communities on Long Island Sound and is being evaluated as a model for other global coastal communities. This web-based tool allows planners and decision-makers to explore different flooding scenarios from sea-level rise and storm surge, analyze the potential ecological, social and economic impacts, and make decisions and provide progressive solutions to address these issues today.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Data gathered from the Coastal Resilience Tool will be utilized to enhance and improve its functionality as it continues to roll out regionally.
Description
In Connecticut we have established a network of 35 communities, each with resilience action plans to protect people, property and nature from the impact of sea-level rise, storm surges and extreme weather- a model now being used in 10 states and seven nations. 
 
As part of our commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Connecticut chapter is also helping the state create innovative financing for clean energy applications.  
Population Served / /
Description
The Conservancy in Connecticut is part of the Resilient Cities Initiative, piloted by The Nature Conservancy in 14 cities nationwide - municipalities that are vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters and climate change. 
 
Starting with a pilot in Bridgeport, we are reducing flooding with natural protections and working to expand the tree canopy to improve air quality and reduce summer heat.  Our program will expand to New Haven and Stamford, cities along the largest urban corridor in the state and home to nearly 400,000 people, multiplying its benefits.  
Population Served / /
Description Over the past 60 years, the Conservancy has protected more than 50,000 acres within Connecticut (and 130 million acres globally).  Today, the Conservancy Preserves in Connecticut clean our air and water, buffer us from climate change and serve as places for people to have fun, relax, and reflect.  As our world grows more urban, these Preserves will grow more essential as counterbalances to urban life. 
Population Served / /
Program Comments
CEO Comments The information here has been authorized and approved by The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut and its leaders.
CEO/Executive Director
Dr. Frogard Ryan
Term Start Apr 2011
Email fryan@tnc.org
Experience Dr. Frogard Ryan
Connecticut Chapter State Director
 

Dr. Frogard Ryan joined the Connecticut Chapter of The Nature Conservancy as its State Director in 2011. Her responsibilities include implementing the Conservancy’s conservation approach, producing tangible and lasting results, and maintaining our core set of organizational values. She also oversees fundraising, marketing, budgeting and setting priorities. As State Director, she is the Connecticut Chapter’s liaison to the Worldwide Office and Board of Trustees and is the chief spokesperson for both internal and external constituents. Conservation milestones during her tenure include: securing a conservation easement for the largest coastal forest between New York City and Boston, shepherding the passage of the Blue Plan for Long Island Sound through legislature, reopening hundreds of miles of fish migration routes along Connecticut’s waterways, numerous coastal resilience workshops with Connecticut’s shoreline towns, and developing the chapter’s urban conservation program in Bridgeport. Frogard is often sought out for her expertise in structuring volunteer leadership, in particular systematic trustee recruitment. She has been honored to serve in an advisory role with the TNC Europe program. Frogard is particularly interested in recruiting and nurturing talent on the staff and the board, and is a strong believer in life-long learning.

Previously, Frogard was the Director of Field Conservation for Eastern Colorado, where, working closely with private landowners and government agencies, she was responsible for putting together complex transactions to conserve large landscapes of ranchlands. She also worked extensively with the Colorado Chapter’s Board of Trustees and major donors. Among the many recognitions of her work was her selection in The Nature Conservancy’s Class of 2010 Leadership Excellence Program. A special assignment brought her to Arusha, Tanzania, where she mentored the Executive Director of the Tanzania Land Conservation Trust in developing strategic plans and shaping the board.

Frogard came to The Nature Conservancy in 2004 from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, where she was the Director of Education and Volunteer Services. She has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany, and a Master’s Degree in Basic Science from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. She now lives in New Haven with her husband and two Newfoundlands.

 

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 32
Number of Part Time Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 1
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 97%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 32 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 32
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Dr. Lise Hanners Apr 2002 - Aug 2010
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Collaborations
The Nature Conservancy collaborates with numerous partners, including local, state and federal governments; other non-profit organizations; corporations and individuals.
Board Chair
Allen Rosenshine
Company Affiliation BBDO Chairman Emeritus
Term Dec 2011 to Nov 2017
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Frances Ashley Community Volunteer
Rodrigo Canales Ph.D.Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Management
Laura di Bonaventura
Daniel C. Esty Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, Yale University
James H. Heym Ph.D.Biotechnology Consultant
David R. Jaffe President and CEO, Ascena Retail Group
Kiki Kennedy M.D.
John Levinson
Elizabeth McCance Ph.D.Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, Norwalk Community College
John Pritchard EsquireRetired Senior Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
James Prosek
David Skelly
Gary Yohe Ph.D.Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics and the Huffington Foundation Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies, Wesleyan University
Michael Zea McKinsey & Company
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 4
Standing Committees
Finance
Marketing
Executive
Scientific Advisory
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Nominating
Board Governance
CEO Comments
The information here has been authorized and approved by The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut and its leaders.
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $6,262,000.00
Projected Expenses $6,262,000.00
Spending Policy Income plus capital appreciation
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals ChartHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Revenue$914,539,673$958,808,662$949,990,421
Total Expenses$810,283,620$796,011,941$748,695,565
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$619,798,369$627,782,675$589,364,132
Government Contributions$102,248,686$86,366,748$110,849,784
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$102,248,686$86,366,748$110,849,784
Individual Contributions$2,145,634$891,639--
------
$129,551,983$172,631,710$134,562,207
Investment Income, Net of Losses$49,256,671$61,590,566$95,571,481
Membership Dues----$1,744,905
Special Events$4,939,964$2,039,248$6,987,711
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$6,598,366$7,506,076$10,910,201
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$549,683,495$564,228,371$529,509,734
Administration Expense$150,897,502$142,254,032$127,436,862
Fundraising Expense$109,702,623$89,529,538$91,748,969
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.131.201.27
Program Expense/Total Expenses68%71%71%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue15%12%13%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$6,697,479,313$6,712,500,146$6,503,755,176
Current Assets$407,180,333$407,657,737$469,816,828
Long-Term Liabilities$737,454,964$746,315,779$690,961,506
Current Liabilities$414,782,600$42,215,456$50,492,727
Total Net Assets$5,915,241,749$5,923,968,911$5,762,300,943
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.989.669.30
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets11%11%11%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments
Please note:  Form 990s and Audited Financial Statements are generated by The Nature Conservancy World Office; current year budget expenses and revenue is for the Connecticut Chapter and is unaudited.
Foundation Staff Comments

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Address 55 Church Street
Floor 3
New Haven, CT 065103029
Primary Phone 203 568-6299
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Frogard Ryan
Board Chair Allen Rosenshine
Board Chair Company Affiliation BBDO Chairman Emeritus

 

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