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Governance of The Nature Conservancy


The Board is comprised of an Executive Committee and six committees: Audit; Conservation Activities Review; Finance; and Governance, Nominating and Human Resources; Government Relations; and Strategic Philanthropy. The work of the Board is primarily done through the committees, with committees making recommendation to the full board for approval. Conservation and strategic issues are managed by the full board.

Executive Committee
Chaired by the Chairman of the Board, the Executive Committee performs the duties and exercises the powers of the Board of Directors between regularly scheduled Board meetings or when it is not practical or feasible for the Board to meet.

Audit Committee
The Audit Committee assists the Board in its oversight of the integrity of the financial statements, compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and ethical standards, and the independence and performance of the internal and independent auditors.

Conservation Activities Review Committee
The Conservation Activities Review Committee assists the Board in its oversight of conservation activities, and policies and procedures. The Committee works closely with the Board's Audit Committee in assessing the organization's compliance with established conservation policies and procedures. In addition, the Committee reviews conservation projects prior to the projects being submitted for full Board approval.

Finance Committee
The Finance Committee assists the Board in its oversight of the management of the organization's financial assets, reviews and recommends approval of an annual operating budget, regularly reviews financial results, and ensures the maintenance of an appropriate capital structure.

Governance, Nominating and Human Resources Committee
The Governance, Nominating, and Human Resources Committee assists the Board in its oversight of matters relating to the composition, organization and effectiveness of the Board and its committees, oversees compensation and benefits policies, performance and compensation of senior executives, succession planning and organization changes.

Government Relations Committee
The Government Relations Committee serves to advise and engage on TNC efforts to direct government spending and regulatory policy in support of TNC’s mission. The Committee advises on how TNC can anticipate and adjust to public policy trends and be an important contributor to the global policy dialogue.

Strategic Philanthropy Committee
The Strategic Philanthropy Committee assists the Board in its oversight of overall fundraising policies, goals and strategies. The Committee provides leadership and guidance of TNC's philanthropy efforts, including major fund-raising campaigns and projects. It works with Management to identify and assess new sources of philanthropic support for TNC’s mission.


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