Form a separate non-profit organization to serve the trusts in York and Cumberland counties.

  Create a service center so member conservation organizations can purchase staff help on a regular or occasional basis.

  Dues will be kept affordable  – $1,000 annually – so as many trusts as possible will be able to join to the Collaborative.

  All member organizations will have a seat on the Collaborative’s governing board.  

  A cafeteria plan of hands-on services will be provided by a small, experienced staff at the rate of $40/hour to members  Services will include grant writing, assistance, event planning, membership/database management, document management/storage, newsletter production, and website development/maintenance.

  Services will be provided to member organizations on a first-requested, first-served basis.

  Collaborative members will be encouraged to work together on other common needs and activities, e.g., joint purchasing of equipment, combined educational programs.

  This model will require all members commit to actively participate in its on-going operation and governance.

   The Collaborative is actively seeking funding from other sources (grants, corporate support and private donors) in order to subsidize start-up costs, with a goal of being self-sustaining in five years.