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Don't Leaf Anything Out!

Temperatures are dropping, leaves are falling, and that can only mean one thing – almost time to update your Terrafirma application! As you update for 2018, don’t forget to review the counting rules for your properties, including:

•    Parcels with different owners must be listed separately.  This is because the more the easement is spread across separately owned parcels, the greater the risk that you’ll have a lawsuit. Therefore, Terrafirma spreads that risk with additional premiums based on the number of separate landowners.
•    If you want to insure property within a certain category of property right (conservation easement, trail easement, fee land, etc.), you must list every parcel within that category.
•    Separate easements held by the same land trust can be counted as just one property for Terrafirma as long as they have the same owner, restrictions and permitted uses, and are contiguous.

Applications will open December 1, 2017, and the last day to submit will be February 2, 2018.

Lastly, remember to tell Terrafirma about any potential problems before the end of the 2017 policy period!

Have questions? Please let us know. You can email us directly or call 202-800-2219 for Lorri, 202-800-2248 for myself or 802-262-6051 for Leslie.

Thank you, and happy holidays!

Hannah Flake
Conservation Defense Associate
1250 H Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 800-2248  | 

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P.S. Congratulations to Deborah Stanley, Derek Schaefer and Michelle Smith, the newest Members Committee representatives – we’re happy to have you on board!



Overtime Rules

Part of effective risk management is planning ahead to make sure you’ll be able to cover all of your expenses—legal and organizational. That’s why we want to make sure that everyone knows about the new overtime rules that will go into effect on December 1, 2016.

Most employees earning under $47,500 will be entitled to overtime compensation. See the Department of Labor’s special overview and guidance for nonprofit organizations. The National Council of Nonprofits also published special guidance: Overtime Regulations and the Impact on Nonprofits. Nonprofits with budget years ending on June 30 will need to develop new budgets for the fiscal year beginning in two weeks that take these new changes into account. Nonprofits with budget years ending on December 31 have more time to adjust and plan for 2017. Most experts assess that tax exempts don’t have much to fret about, but if you do fundraising across state lines please pay extra attention as this may apply to you.


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