L ANDSCAPES Peninsula Open Space Trust 2016 Annual Report
POST protects and cares for open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley.
POST is shaping a vibrant ecosystem for Silicon Valleyâ€” a network of protected lands that provide scenic beauty, clean air and water, locally grown food, and a place for people and wildlife to thrive. These lands will be preserved forever so that present and future generations can live in harmony with nature, in a careful balance of urban and rural landscapes that make our region extraordinary. cover
ÂŠTeddy Miller 2016
TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S
Protected Land for Us All
Cared for Our Protected Lands
Connected You to the Land
Statement of Financial Position
2016 Year in Review
A Look Ahead
Protected Land for Us All
Cared for Our Protected Lands
Connected You to the Land
Statement of Financial Position
Donors: Leadership Gifts & Summit Society
Donors: Skyline Society
Matching Contributions, Estate Gifts & Donated Services
Tribute Gifts & Ways to Give
Open Space Legacy Society
2016 YEAR IN REVIEW When my father joined the POST Board in the 1980s, it was a novel idea to buy and protect land and transfer it to public agencies for public access. Back then land protection required significant political maneuvering. As a private organization, POST was nimble and responsive enough to work through it all and get the job done. POST’s vision has always been bold, and I have been honored to be a second-generation board member and Board Chair. During my tenure, POST has expanded our work beyond the hills of San Mateo County to include Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties, secured a future for vast redwood forests and initiated efforts to save our coastal farmlands. I am particularly proud of launching our Farmland Futures Initiative (FFI) last February and to report that three farms on the San Mateo coast have already been protected through the program.
From my family’s ranch in Saratoga, I saw what happens when good farmland is paved over, it disappears forever. As a result, I have spent most of my life working to keep local farming viable while protecting our open spaces, and that is exactly what FFI does. POST’s innovative approach to farmland protection guarantees that what happened to the Valley of Heart’s Delight does not happen on the San Mateo coast. As you can tell, the mission of POST is near and dear to both my family and to me. It is comforting to leave POST in the capable hands of the staff and my successor, Dennis. It has been an honor to serve as your Board Chair and to have the opportunity to work with you, our donors, to create an ongoing and evolving legacy of thriving open spaces in this area for generations to come. With fond regards,
Jan F. Garrod, Outgoing POST Board Chair 4
A LOOK AHEAD
As I reflect on our past, looking ahead also energizes me. As times change, POST continues to evolve. The work ahead of us is more important than it has ever been and I look forward to working with you, our donors, to make exciting things happen.
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More than ever, we value POST’s work and I want to thank Jan for all that he has done to further our mission. From FFI and Taste of the Coast, to the many projects, investments and accomplishments detailed in this report, his leadership leaves very large shoes to fill. As I take over as Board Chair in January, I can’t wait to keep Jan’s momentum going.
As we celebrate POST’s 40th Anniversary in 2017, I invite all of you to celebrate the myriad ways that our local open spaces add to our daily lives.
legacy forward. Take our two most recent campaigns: Heart of the Redwoods and the Farmland Futures Initiative. Both are excellent examples of how our work has evolved to protect multiple conservation values at once. Scenic vistas, critical watersheds, rare and protected wildlife habitat, productive farmlands and forests and increasingly connected recreational access have all been protected in these campaigns. This is called multi-benefit conservation and it relies on data and on the ground science to more accurately target where we work, how we work and the results we want to see from our work.
My wife, Nancy, and I have lived with views of Windy Hill for years. Our family has benefitted from POST’s work and is so grateful to our founders for their vision and tenacity so long ago.
It’s a perfect time to celebrate the new things we are doing in land conservation that propel our Dennis DeBroeck, Incoming POST Board Chair 5
PROTECTED LAND FOR US ALL Launched Farmland Futures Initiative Launched the Farmland Futures Initiative (FFI), a 10-year, $25 million campaign to ensure local farmlands are forever protected for the multitude of benefits they provide. The initiative will triple the number of protected farms and number of protected farmland acres on the San Mateo County coast.
Introduced an Innovative New Tool Introduced a new land protection tool â€” the affirmative agricultural easement, to achieve FFI goals. While offering natural resource protection and limitations on development, this new easement also requires some or all of the property remain in active agricultural production.
Protected Pie Ranch Upgraded a conservation easement on Pie Ranch, an organic educational farm on Highway 1, to an affirmative agricultural easement. Once part of a historic dairy operation covering AĂąo Nuevo Point, the property is now used to teach both farmers and inner city students about food, farming and sustainable agriculture.
Protected Potrero Nuevo Farm Purchased an affirmative agricultural easement on the 300-acre Potrero Nuevo Farm in San Gregorio. Situated along Tunitas Creek Road, this picturesque and visible farm grows over 40 organic crops, provides 250 acres of grazing land for LeftCoast GrassFed cattle and includes 19 acres of prime wildlife habitat along Tunitas Creek. Learn more about these projects at farmlandfutures.org. 6
©William Laven / left ©Evan Winslow Smith 2016 / right ©Daniel Olstein 2015
CARED FOR OUR PROTECTED LANDS
Sustainably Rebuilt a Barn
Integrated Science and Data
Improved Water Efficiency
Rebuilt a decaying barn on Cloverdale Coastal Ranches to improve the long-term operation of Root Down Farm, a pasture raised livestock operation on the property, and future farms. The new barn was built by Santa Cruz Timberframes to last 300 years and uses both recycled wood from the old barn as well as locally grown redwood. Watch the three part video series on this project at openspacetrust.org/blog/ root-down-barn.
Hired Director of Conservation Science, Dr. Nicole Heller, to ensure that POST is integrating the best available science and data into our work improving and caring for protected lands. For example, her work to inform the many benefits of fire for managing forest health. Learn more about our recent controlled burn at openspacetrust.org/blog/ fire-back-to-the-land.
Drilled wells on three farms and ranches in order to minimize use of stream water during peak usage seasons and provide the farmers and ranchers with improved, more efficient water infrastructure.
Improved Forest Management
Finalized a Long Term Relationship
Planned for Trails
Completed our first sustainable timber harvest on 84-acres of San Vicente Redwoods. This selective thinning helps to ensure long-term ecological benefits and a healthy forest. For more information on the harvest visit openspacetrust.org/
Completed a long-term lease with an option to purchase with Ryan Casey of Blue House Farm on a scenic and resource rich 74-acre San Gregorio farm. The lease keeps prime soil in production, while providing a popular organic farm with long-term stability and a place to connect with the community through seasonal programs.
Supported Midpenâ€™s creation of a conceptual design and feasibility study to provide safe passage for wildlife and improve regional trail connections across Highway 17.
ÂŠTeddy Miller 2016
INCREASE IN ANNUAL FUND DONATIONS
In the past year, the community of people who share our vision of conservation has grown larger than ever. This expanded support is gratifying and practical as it helps us further our ability to act quickly, effectively and ensure a future for open space here at home.
©Evan Winslow Smith 2016
NEW DONORS 10
ATTENDEES OF TASTE OF THE COAST WITH POST 38% WERE NEW TO POST
NEW MEMBERS OF OUR ONLINE COMMUNITY
PEOPLE ATTENDED ©Teddy Miller 2016
RAISED FOR FFI DOUBLE OUR GOAL!
©Heather Finnecy 2016
CONNECTED YOU TO THE LAND
We know it is not always easy to get out there, so we worked to develop new ways to connect you with the lands you love.
Digital Guides Created guides to expand your knowledge of hikes, plants, local food and wildlife.
Regular Engaging Communications
Providing you with more of the stories and photos you love, both online and off.
Easier access to our work, ways you can enjoy our open spaces and support us.
Mobile Friendly & Streamlined Website
Daily Conversations & Content Keep up on the conversation with us each day on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
AS OF JUNE 30, 2016
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents
Accounts payable and other liabilities
Pledges, grants and bequests receivable, net
Asset retirement obligations
Financing receivables, net
Funds held in agency trust funds
Liabilities under remainder trusts
Prepaid expenses and other assets
Residual interest in charitable remainder trusts Investments held in charitable remainder trusts Land held-for-conservation Property and equipment, net Total assets
Unrestricted Board Designated
Temporarily restricted Permanently restricted
PROGRAM EFFICIENCY * POST spends 83% of funds directly on program services, 12% on fundraising and 5% on management and support. *5 Year Rolling Average
Total unrestricted net assets
Cash held on behalf of public agencies
Total net assets Total liabilities and net assets
$16,372,582 241,654,237 $258,026,819 15,101,241 550,500 $273,678,560
FOR THE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2016
STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES REVENUE, SUPPORT AND GAINS Contributions and grants Contributions of land and easements Interest and dividends Realized and unrealized gains and (losses) on investments, net Rental and other income
Total revenue, support, and gains
$16,205,262 450,000 3,106,716 (3,385,399) 341,966
I support POST because of their effort trying to preserve the environment. They actually get things done. I know of a few
O P E R AT I N G E X P E N S E S Program services
organizations that raise large $8,869,223
Management and support services
Total operating expenses
portions of money, but never actually use it to help improve the world. Fortunately POST is not one of those organizations. Thanks to them, nature in
Change in net assets
Net assets, beginning of the year
Net assets, end of the year
California will be able to continue its existence.
Corporate matching gift programs were most greatly leveraged by the employees of the following companies in FY 2016:
31st Union Best Coast Wines Big Basin Vineyards Blue House Farm Donald & Suzanne Bray Scott Cook & Signe Ostby Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards Devil’s Canyon Brewing Co. Embarcadero Media Equinox Winery
Giusti Farms Half Moon Bay Brewing
POST is honored to acknowledge the bequests and other legacy gifts received in FY 2016 from the following individuals:
Hop Dogma Brewing Co. Kings Mountain Vineyards Larry Jacobs & Sandra Belin
Marion Eunice Goltz
Richard E. Rowland
LeftCoast GrassFed/TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation
Annabelle L. Baley
Dolf F. Hofmeyer
Margaret C. Brandon
Robert & Louise Lee
Mary P. Smith
Mount Eden Vineyards
William H. Van Horn
New Leaf Community Markets, Inc
Philip A. Diether
Edward Maker, II
Nancy P. Weston
Arthur K. & Norma M. Dunlop
Evelyn Flanary & Ferne A. Hollebeck
Elsa J. Roscoe
Ridge Vineyards, Inc. Rosekrans Family Russian Ridge Winery South Bay Construction Storrs Winery Kathy Webster Wine Doctors Whole Foods
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VOLUNTEERS Hap & Lucinda Abbott Suzanne Abel Taija Aguirre Luke Bailey Kara Baker Tina Bao Jack H. Beebe Nina T. Bell Margaret J. Berlese Mary F. Bernstein Stephen Boles Norma Jean Bodey Linda Bortolus David W. Brennan Leonard Bria Mary Bromage Melvin & Anna Brown Steve Brugler Mark C. Buchsieb Andy Butcher Mike Butler Paul & Victoria Butz Bill Buxton Keith Byars
Theo L. & Jackie Callahan Thomas Carlino Monica M. Cavallaro John Chamberlain Cobe Chatwood Joe Christy Marybelle Cody Kenneth Collins Gary Conway Frank Crossman Elna B. Cunningham Jamie Dâ€™Alessandro Kathleen Dailey Dennis R. DeBroeck Miriam DeJongh Ann A. Duwe Linda Elkind Barry Elkins Alan & Sally Ellsworth Jerilyn Emori John W. Epperheimer John Epperson Erin Fariss Tony Ferrari
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Dennis T. Kanemura Neal B. Kramer Tony Kramer Deanna Kung Carrie Lavine Stephen A. Leaf Anna Lee Jim Chon Lee Beverly Lipman Jim Lipman Tory Loomis Gene Lopez Eric Lynch Hayden MacArthur Magda MacMillan Carmen R. Maddock Austin Mader-Clark Karen A. Madsen Dennis Maggard Henry Magnuski Charlie Maguire Mike Maguire Larry Manning Jim & Norma Marshall Scott Marshall
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Wilda Masunaga Michael & Pat McGuire Robert McIntyre John Mekisich Lori Menachof Clive Merredew John Metcalfe Matthew Michiels Alex Miller Matt Miller Joe Milner David Mitchell Diane E. Moore Stephen A. & Catherine Murphy Claudia Newbold Aaron Nichols Rebecca Niemiec Jim Nivison Jeffrey H. & Trudy Palmer Joss Parsey Joyce Pennell Robert E. Perri My Pham
David Poole Roger L. Potash Darwin Poulos Marika Powers Matthew Prentice Patti Price Tamara Pulsts Douglas K. Rabert Holly Revels Eric Risley Marc Francis Roddin Jacques Ropert Evelyn Rosas Annemarie Rosengreen W. Curt Rowe Richard E. Rowland Kelly Runyon Liz Salzer Jinal & Kunal Sampat Don Savant Sharon Savatski Tom Scannell John Schniedwind Justine Schmidt Lisa Schmidt
POST is a public benefit California corporation and is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to POST are tax-deductible.
Mary Susan Shreve A. Gordon Smith Jane Sooby David Stuhr Bob Tatum Craig Tempey John D. Thomas Debra Thornley John W. Rawlings & Sara Timby Katie Tolve Anne M. Trela Bryan C. Trujillo Ted Vian Marilyn J. Walter Andy Wasklewicz Jordan Webster George Wheaton Louise Wholey Katie Sanborn & Barbara Wright Arlen Young Wenxia Yu Julie Zack Piotr Zalicki
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PRO BONO AT TORNE YS
Jan F. Garrod, Chair Andrew Bosworth John Chamberlain Dennis DeBroeck Sean Dempsey Christy Holloway Rajesh Mashruwala Matt Miller Brad O’Brien Suzanne Sullivan Sandra Thompson Leah Toeniskoetter Kimberly Young
Ben Chung, Morrison Foerster John Epperson, Copper, White & Cooper, LLP Jeff Wutzke, Goodwin & Procter, LLP
NEXTGEN COMM I T T EE Amie Baron Andrew Bosworth Sara Clark Kalle Dahl Jennifer Gross Gary Johnson Sunya Ojure Brooke Ray Rivera Alexis Smith Christine Su David Swift Heath Thomson Kevin Watt Pei-Yee Woo
BOARD EMERITUS James E. Baer Steve Blank Sheldon Breiner, Ph.D. Allan F. Brown Andy Cunningham Phyllis Draper Donna Dubinsky Susan Ford Dorsey Vince S. Garrod* Diane Greene Sukey Grousbeck Larry Jacobs Karla Jurvetson, M.D. Charlene Kabcenell Martha Kanter Robert C. Kirkwood Richard C. Livermore Norm Matteoni Dianne McKenna David W. Mitchell Paul Newhagen F. Ward Paine William Reller Audrey C. Rust
Karie Thomson Mark Wan Anne M. Westerfield Rosemary Young
MANAGEMENT Walter T. Moore President Heather Kantor Chief Financial Officer Curt Riffle Vice President, Land Marti Tedesco Vice Present, Marketing Linda Chin Director, Donor Engagement Gordon Clark Senior Director, Development
SKYLINE COMM I T T EE Alisa MacAvoy, Chair Suzanne Bray Elllen Brownell Edith Collin Sheryl Heckman Karen Madsen Darwin Poulos Jeff Scroggin Sarah Watson
PUBLIC AGENCY PARTNERS Bureau of Land Management
Santa Cruz County Resource Conservation District San Francisco Public Utilities Commission San Mateo County Department of Agriculture
San Mateo County Department of Public Works San Mateo County Health System San Mateo County Manager’s Office San Mateo County Resource Conservation District
Diane Cordova Director, Talent Acquisition & Engagement
California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Jeanine Crider Director, Planned Giving
California Department of Water Resources
Santa Clara County Department of Parks & Recreation
Megan Derhammer Director, Major Gifts
California State Coastal Conservancy
Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority
Blair Friedeman Director, Marketing
California State Parks
United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Kathryn Hargis Director, Annual Giving Daniel Olstein Director, Land Stewardship Noelle Thurlow Director, Land Transactions
San Mateo County Department of Parks
California Department of Fish & Wildlife
California Wildlife Conservation Board
U.S. Geological Survey
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District National Park Service
This is truly is a dream job for me. My family and I have admired and contributed to POST’s accomplishments for many years. As a Director for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and a Program Officer for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation over the last decade, I have worked closely with the POST team to advance their mission.
Natural Resources Conservation Service Santa Cruz County Department of Parks
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