The Tasmanian Land Conservancy Foundation ensures the irreplaceable ecosystems found on our reserves are maintained through a permanent, reliable source of income.
In 2009, the Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) recognised the importance of an ongoing source of income to provide critical support for the effective conservation management of our suite of reserves. The Tasmanian Land Conservancy Foundation was established as a mechanism within the TLC to enable the independent, long-term resourcing of on-ground management activities and ecological monitoring.
How the TLC Foundation supports long-term conservation
Buying and protecting land is critically important, but that land needs effective long-term management to safeguard it for future generations. To fund this, the capital in the TLC Foundation is invested through a rigorous environmental and ethical screen. The funds generated give the TLC a permanent, reliable and vital source of income for our reserves, forever.
The Foundation funds essential tasks, such as weeding, fencing, road works, feral animal control and fire management. The Foundation also supports all-important scientific work across our permanent reserve estate. We install wildlife cameras and acoustic monitoring devices to gather really valuable data on the health and status of vegetation and wildlife. Find out more about our ecological monitoring program. Without the Foundation, we would not have the security to plan for the future.
Each year, the income generated from the Foundation is used for critical conservation management activities across our reserve estate. For further details, please visit our TLC Reserves page, or view our annual reports.
Our ambition is to grow the Foundation so it covers 100% of all annual management costs of our permanent conservation reserve. We are well on the way. The Foundation is growing towards that 100% goal thanks to the enormous generosity of those who give to the foundation within their lifetime, or who leave a bequest.
The TLC Foundation in detail
Administration of the Foundation is overseen by our Foundation Sub-committee who provide advice to the Board. The TLC Foundation investments are managed by JBWere Philanthropic Services. Guided by the subcommittee, all investments are put through a robust environmental and ethical screening process. Gifts are honoured and preserved to ensure the highest return on investment with the lowest possible risk.
What the TLC Foundation funds now
The TLC Foundation has seen steady growth since its inception in 2009. Thanks to the significant generosity of many supporters, at the end of the 21/22 financial year, the Foundation’s balance was more than $17,885,000.
In 2021-22, the Foundation funded 72% of reserve management and conservation science: more detail is available in that year’s annual report. The Foundation is growing through donations and positive returns on investments and we’re edging closer to achieving sustainable funding for the effective ongoing conservation management of the TLC’s current reserve estate. This includes weed control, maintaining property access and ecological monitoring.
For older Foundation figures, read our annual reports.
How you can help fund conservation in perpetuity
The Foundation is made up of individual named funds. These are established with a minimum contribution of $10,000; founders can continue making contributions afterward. Some fund founders set up a web page to tell the story of their fund. Many of these are in tribute to someone special and are a way to honour their memory, share images and invite others to contribute to the fund. Donations to the Foundation will add to the funds able to be invested. The interest generated will support conservation management on the TLC’s reserves.
We would be delighted to work with you to personalise your fund page. This will enable you to share it with your family and friends, encouraging your fund to grow.
Setting up an individual fund or contributing to an existing one is an incredibly powerful way to help us to ensure the longevity of our important conservation work. We welcome gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations, trusts and Private Ancillary Funds.
Please contact Planned Giving Coordinator, Annabelle Sweetman on email@example.com to discuss an option that best suits you.
’In 2017 I wanted to do something in memory of my husband Cameron Blackburn who died of leukaemia in his early 20s. A Fund in the TLC Foundation seemed the perfect memorial. I approached Cameron’s family and his brother Gerald was enthusiastic about joining me in this venture. It is wonderful to have the Cameron Blackburn Fund to contribute to protecting Tasmania’s unique land and seascapes that Cameron loved so much.’
Photo: Eddie Safarik