Land Conservation and Advocacy Trust, Inc.

Land Conservation and Advocacy Trust, Inc.

873 Concord St.
Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 872-3300

Stephen E. Meltzer
Executive Director

Year organization became a 501(c)(3): 2009
Year of first fiscal sponsorship: 2011
Number of sponsored projects: 9

Fiscal sponsorship fee:
Base 5.5% administrative fee on all donations above $10,000 each calendar year. As the amount raised* over the calendar year increases for your project, the fee is reduced: $0-$10,000: .0%; $10,000-$250,000: 5.5%; $250,000–$500,000: 5.0%; $500,000–$1 million: 4.5%; over $1 million: 4%.  *Net funds raised. Credit card and transaction fees will be passed through to the project.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Aligned mission/values: Preserve and/or restore open spaces, natural areas and their resources. Promote smart-growth ideals which aid in conservation efforts. Protect flood plains, wetlands and waterways. Preserve land for scenic/aesthetic value and recreational use; wildlife habitats, corridors and greenways; and fragile ecosystems. Protect and preserve historic buildings, sites, structures and other architecture. Protect lands that being used for farming or pasture so that such uses can continue. Enhance access to public lands and promote the integration of public lands into living communities. Utilize undeveloped urban land for spatial definition of urban areas Contain the threat of urban and suburban sprawl.
  • Other: Eligibility and Considerations In order to be eligible to apply to LCAT Legal for Fiscal Sponsorship, you must meet the following criteria: Reflect a similar commitment to the goals set forth in LCAT’s mission. The work supported must be for purposes which are legal, further a legitimate tax-exempt purpose, and in no way jeopardize the tax status of LCAT. Meet the requirements outlined in the Review Criteria section of this application. Review Criteria Projects are accepted by LCAT after being reviewed using the following criteria: Relevance and Significance of Project to LCAT’s exempt purpose and mission. Likelihood of Project Completion Does the proposed project have a very high likelihood of being successfully completed and is the project feasible? Budget Is the budget well developed and realistic for the project? Does the proposal budget match the needs of the project? Fundraising Ability Are funds already secured or likely to be secured? Has the project director identified appropriate sources of funding for the project? Are the potential funders appropriate for the project? Demonstrated Ability of Key Project Personnel Do the applicant and the proposed personnel have the ability to successfully complete the proposed project? Lobbying Your project cannot engage any lobbying activities.

Types of projects or services we sponsor:

  • Environment/sustainable growth

Services we offer projects:

  • Bill paying
  • Bookkeeping/accounting
  • Legal services
  • Receiving property and stock donations

Based on Fiscal Sponsorship: 6 Ways to Do It Right: Our model(s) of fiscal sponsorship are:

  • Model A, Direct Project
  • Model B, Independent Contractor Project
  • Model E, Supporting Organization
  • Model F, Technical Assistance

Organization description:
The Land Conservation and Advocacy Trust provides emergency funding and legal support to preserve open spaces, farm land, historic architecture, natural resources, and to promote smart-growth ideals that foster these land conservation values. We work closely with land trusts, other stewardship organizations, and on our own initiative so that we can act quickly when local resources are not available to preserve important land parcels.