Rave Reviews


“Thanks for all of your great (and hard) work. We are seeing evidence of your recommendations galvanizing SCLTN and we’ve already been in touch with some of the other state networks.   You have positioned us well for taking the next step, including with the funder, who was very pleased with the report and ready to work with us again.  We hope to work with you again some time too.”

Andrew Waters & Ashley Demosthenes, South Carolina Land Trust Network


“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Nancy and David of CCG several times over the last 6-7 years. They bring a diversity of skills and wealth of experience that one would expect to see only in a much larger consulting firm. They do an excellent job with nonprofit governance training, one-on-one coaching, staffing assessments, job description and personnel evaluations, development audits, fundraising plans, membership program development, drafting partnership agreements, and much more. TLC is a much stronger organization today than it was before we first hired CCG.”

Lisa Haderlein, Executive Director, The Land Conservancy of McHenry County


“Just over a year ago, we completed an Organizational Needs Assessment utilizing CCG. I think David and Nancy did an excellent job as a team in leading us through the assessment, and it was no easy task.  We then launched into a major reorganization of our governance structure, engaging CCG for the entire process.  I would say we are in a stronger position now than probably we were at any earlier point in our 50 year history.”

Michael Hveem, Executive Director, Joshua’s Tract Conservation and Historic Trust


“CCG conducted a Guided Organizational Assessment of our land trust. They are great communicators.  Information was conveyed in a way that is clear and easy to understand, they listen well and they write succinctly. The Assessment report was written in a clear, easy-to-read style that pointed out weaknesses of our land trust without making the Board feel incompetent, and laid out future next steps and goals in a way that gave the Board confidence that we can achieve them. At the follow-up meeting after the report was done, we were given concrete advice about how to start working on the report’s recommendations.  Without hesitation, I would recommend CCG to any land trust intending to undertake an organizational assessment or seeking consulting services.”

Gwen Marrion, President, Bolton Land Trust


“These trainings were incredibly well-received by the land trust community and we thank you sincerely for your smart and thoughtful approach to their development and execution. Many thanks also for your flexibility and kindness – it’s been a complete pleasure working with you.”

Kate Zurlo-Cuva, Gathering Waters Conservancy


“I want to thank you both for a fine workshop this past Saturday. Not only was the content really pertinent and well presented, I found the length of the day and the 2 hour segments just the right amounts of time for learning/interacting. I also particularly liked the interactive parts and the way you did not let them go too long. Each of the interactive experiences expanded my understanding of something that I thought I already knew. Learners are like donors—they need cultivation.  Thanks and congratulations on a fun and useful day.”

Kathryn Nesbitt Wolff, Board Member, Door County Land Trust


“Thank you both for leading a process that brought our board and staff together as a team and truly engaged the board in plotting – and helping to achieve – the future of HVA.  With your guidance we’ve landed at a huge milestone. It is grand to accomplish our goal, feel proud and happy, and on top of that, discover that you came in under budget, too!” 

Lynn Werner, Executive Director, Housatonic Valley Association


“Thank you for your great work. I really enjoyed working with you, as I know the land trusts did as well.”

Johanna Garsenstein, Chicago Project Manager, Land Trust Alliance


“The assessment was very well done, thorough, professional and, despite the subject material, quite enjoyable. Meeting with the team the day before the workshop was…incredibly informative.”

Ellen Kwiatkowski, Executive Director, Bayfield Regional Conservancy


“We’ve truly enjoyed working with you and are looking forward to seeing our strategic plan come to life”

Mike Wollmer, Executive Director, Ice Age Trail Alliance


“The team kept us on track and added their insight and comments using their experience with LTA and accreditation. It’s also valuable for the board to hear from a 3rd party about some of the issues we’re facing.”

Sandi Helgerson, Executive Director, Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation


“The team kept us focused and on-task. They were non-critical yet could firmly explain what we need to do as a land trust. They honored the process and kept us engaged.”

Sheryl Meyers, Board Chair, Red-tail Conservancy


“Thank you … for the enthusiasm, the leadership, and for empowering us as an organization.”

Joselin Matkins, Executive Director, Sagebrush Steppe Regional Land Trust


“The Sagebrush Steppe Regional Land Trust hired CCG to provide guidance on a major organizational development program. Their work included an in-depth organizational analysis, strategic plan development, and fundraising training of staff and Board. I was really impressed with the team’s diverse knowledge of Land Trust programs, operations, and challenges. They provided insightful input on how to improve our organization overall, from committee and Board development to legal issues related to conservation easement transactions and everything in between. Our Board and staff found each member of the team personable and knowledgeable.

A few months later, we brought David Allen back to help the organization develop and improve its fundraising program. David was able to provide us with useful tips and suggestions in regard to our current fundraising program. He also presented a detailed overview of successful major donor development. Both the staff and Board learned a lot and we look forward to an increase in our donor contribution in the years to come.”

Joselin Matkins, Executive Director, Sagebrush Steppe Regional Land Trust