Can you name all of the disqualified persons in your organization? Do you know what to do if a major donor asks to amend her conservation easement? How will your land trust fare if its operations come under close media or IRS scrutiny? If the answers to these questions keep you awake at night, then this book is for you. In this course, you will learn how to avoid or manage conflicts of interest and transactions with insiders as well as the ethical obligations of land trusts.
Given the complexity of many real-estate deals, most of us will occasionally
find ourselves in an ethical gray area. For example, conservation
buyer deals or conservation subdivisions may be effective
tools to protect land, but these tools require keen judgment to prevent
their abuse. How many of us have been tempted to sign a Form
8283 that exaggerates the true value of the property? What do you
do if a major donor or a board member requests an amendment to a
conservation easement? Does your land trust have policies in place
so that when these difficult situations arise you have clear guidance
on what steps to take to avoid personalizing the situation? How your
land trust answers these questions may mean the difference between
a sterling reputation and a scathing investigative report in the local
paper. This course is designed to help you navigate through the
sometimes complex ethical demands of our work.
Standards & Practices