Unique Approach

RLF helps philanthropists set goals, design initiatives, and achieve significant results. Its approach is unique, from the outset:

  • RLF designs solutions for complex issues, deeply informed by how government works, as well as by science and what is necessary for policies to succeed among diverse and often divergent interests. RLF also has the ability to develop and deploy strategies and resources quickly when necessary.
  • RLF pools and directs funds from both philanthropy and the public sector to create conservation impacts much greater than any single donor or funding source can achieve alone, providing high return on donors’ investments.
  • RLF draws on many kinds of expertise, taps critical relationships with policymakers, partners with agencies and other nonprofits, leverages funding, and builds innovative coalitions to create long-term results.

In some cases, philanthropic partners underwrite entire programs or projects. In others, they are joined by other contributors, private or public. RLF is particularly skilled at drawing additional funds to programs, then administering those resources to exceed the goals of all contributors.

To broaden its services, RLF draws upon Resources Legacy Foundation, a separately incorporated nonprofit organization to advance specific programs in support of RLF’s mission. Its purpose is to support, perform essential services for, and operate exclusively for the benefit of RLF to promote land conservation and environmental protection.

In addition, to provide a suite of services to its donors, RLF works with two distinct partner organizations:

  • Resources Law Group (RLG): RLG provides confidential legal and financial due diligence for conservation loans, transactions, planning such as habitat conservation planning, and a variety of legal services.
  • Fund for a Better Future (FBF): FBF is a nonprofit, social welfare organization capable of political and election involvement under the rules of Internal Revenue Service code section 501(c)(4). FBF allows donors to invest quickly in a wide range of causes in ways that ensure impact, accountability, and legal compliance. FBF is an affiliated but separate organization from RLF. As a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, FBF is able to engage in various advocacy and political activities for which RLF, a 501(c)(3) organization, faces certain legal limitations or restrictions. FBF works with donors on conservation of natural resources, voting rights, redistricting, immigration rights, women’s health, and other issues.