Impact investment: Australian Land Conservation Alliance

Expanding Australia’s protected area estate

Background and context

As the peak national body representing organisations working to conserve, manage and restore nature on privately managed land, the Australian Land Conservation Alliance (ALCA) is uniquely placed to restore endangered ecosystems and build Australia’s protected area estate at scale.

Although 4,000 landholders are already working with ALCA affiliates such as Landcare Australia to tackle environmental issues on the ground, the leadership team’s plans to increase ALCA’s impact were limited by the amount of funding it receives from supporters.

Funding rationale

By providing core funding to ALCA, Rendere sought to put the Alliance in a stronger position to implement its 2030 strategic plan, which focuses on growing a diverse, highly capable and resourced sector that protects, stewards and restores privately managed land and water to reverse nature loss.

Rendere has also been pivotal in supporting the development of a funding strategy for Australia’s first-ever cross-sector early-career conservation leadership program with the Youngman Trust and providing strategic advice and support on how the Alliance can expand philanthropic funding streams.

Outcome and impact

The Rendere Trust’s support has magnified ALCA’s impact and effectiveness, allowing it to grow its core team by 400% and unite and strengthen private land conservation efforts stretching across over three million square kilometres.

“Support from the Rendere Trust has been foundational,” states Alliance CEO, Jody Gunn. “It has enabled us the flexibility to build the organisation, to demonstrate leadership and to grow our presence and reputation as the peak body for private land conservation.”