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Shirley Heinze wins grants to recruit development director

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The Shirley Heinze Land Trust is announcing that it’s received multi-year grants from ArcelorMittal and The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation with which to hire a development director tasked with positioning Shirley Heinze to grow more quickly and advance its work in land protection and conservation in the region.

“We are extremely grateful for this opportunity,” Executive Director Kristopher Krouse said in a statement released on Thursday. “This kind of support from two key funding partners is unprecedented in our history, and it affirms our plans to grow and become a strong and sustainable organization.”

”Shirley Heinze Land Trust is one of Northwest Indiana’s finest nonprofit organizations, and ArcelorMittal has been proud to partner with Kris Krouse and his team for many years,” said Marcy Twete, executive director of ArcelorMittal’s USA Foundation. “As the organization grows, we recognized a need for capacity building in development that will open Shirley Heinze’s work to more individual, foundation, and government funders. We believe the investment will help this organization grow quickly and sustainably to drive additional conservation work in the Calumet Region.”

“For over a decade, we have been providing Shirley Heinze Land Trust with general operations support and a variety of capacity building grants,” said David Farren, executive director of the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation. “Helping Kris and his board bolster the fundraising capacity of the organization further still is a logical next step--an expanded donor base means yet more healthy, natural land for the people of Northwest Indiana.”

“The new position will further build upon the resources necessary to fulfill all facets of the organization’s mission, including the recent expansion of our geographical coverage into St. Joseph, Starke, and Marshall counties,” Krouse added. “Our expectation is that the increased fundraising capacity will lead to the position being self-funded within the three-year grant period.”

Shirley Heinze has already preserved 2,100 acres of environmentally significant land in Porter, Lake, LaPorte, and St. Joseph counties. That acreage includes tallgrass prairie, high dune, oak savanna, boreal flatwoods, dune-and-swale, woodlands, marshes, swamps, ponds, fens, bogs, and riparian habitat. Five of Shirley Heinze’s properties--Cressmoor Prairie, Seidner Dune & Swale, John Merle Coulter Preserve, Barker Woods, and Ambler Flatwoods--have been dedicated to the people of Indiana as state nature preserves.



Posted 12/16/2016




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