The Stewardship Centre for BC recently sponsored a gathering of 37 participants in Vancouver to learn about the StewardshipWorks! pilot project, and to discuss how to address core funding issues for conservation and stewardship organizations in BC. After a selection of presentations and intense discussions, the group developed several ideas for activities to raise awareness about the need for core funding, while actively pursuing core funding opportunities.
Key activities identified by the participants include two immediate steps to be led by the Stewardship Centre for BC. SCBC was requested to convene a working group of interested individuals who can develop an action plan, based on the items suggested during the discussion period and continue to move this initiative forward. In addition, the group recommended that marketing and communications material should be immediately created to form a common message that all organizations could use within their own regions and audiences.