Save the Redwoods League

Save the Redwoods League

San Francisco
Round –
Fall-Winter 2020
Project Type –
Full team
Project Focus –
Finance, Market Analysis
Organization Type –
Environment
Organization

Since 1918, Save the Redwoods League (the League) has protected and restored California redwood forests and connected people with their peace and beauty so these wonders of the natural world flourish. The League purchases redwood forestland for permanent protection of critical natural and recreational resources; regenerates logged forests so they become spectacular havens for future generations; studies how to protect and restore these global treasures; and introduces people to these magical places.

Issue

How might Save the Redwoods League identify and assess emergent, innovative models for financing, funding, and partnerships in service of its growing work & vision?

Situation

As Save the Redwoods League moves forward to implement its Centennial Vision, the organization needs to be increasingly creative and innovative in the approaches used to accomplish its work. The traditional tools of public funding for their programmatic work will continue to benefit the League, but given the expansion of its land protection work to a larger landscape scale, along with the growth of its work with new audiences, the organization needs to think beyond traditional project funding, financing tools, and partners. This need is particularly pressing in the context of the recent economic downturn and associated market uncertainties. The League needs to be ready to seize upon emergent opportunities through ready access to funding sources that will enable it to be competitive and nimble in negotiating land conservation opportunities and implementing critical restoration work.

Project Objectives

The League’s leadership and key stakeholders from its Conservation Innovations Work Group seek to identify and assess emergent, innovative models for financing, funding, and partnerships to implement the work and mission of the League. A Stanford ACT team will lead a discovery research project as a key first step in this process. Due diligence will include both primary and secondary research, such as interviewing experts from the Work Group, and collecting, identifying and translating models from the field. The ACT team will also create a strategic decision hierarchy to help the League evaluate the various approaches.

Useful Items

This is a Full Team project:

  • Scope: High-priority organizational challenge involving strategy or management
  • Team Size: 5-7 consultants, including 1-2 project leaders
  • Project Duration: 6 months
  • Estimated time Contribution: Team member: 3-4 hrs/week, Project leader: 5-6 hrs/week

Read more about the Full Team Project Consultant role and the Project Leader role.