Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy Welcomes New Associate Director of Philanthropy
The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter is pleased to announce it has hired Abby Blum as its new associate director of philanthropy.
Blum comes to The Nature Conservancy from Middlebury College's Office of Advancement, where she served as senior development officer for nearly seven years. She brings a passion for the Adirondacks, cultivated over her time visiting the region for outdoor pursuits, like hiking and skiing. During these adventures, she developed a deeper understanding of the need to conserve the region’s landscape while ensuring that the communities of the region thrive.
“As an advancement professional, I understand how important it is to show supporters that they have made a difference,” said Blum. “And The Nature Conservancy does that every day. Between the organization’s global reach, and the remarkable team we’ve assembled in the Adirondacks, we’re well positioned to take on some of the most challenging conservation issues facing the region, and planet”
Blum will report to the Conservancy’s chief philanthropy officer for New York and will be responsible for chapter fundraising efforts. She will also serve as a liaison with supporters throughout the region and state. Blum will be based in the Keene Valley office.
“We’re excited to welcome Abby to The Nature Conservancy and the Adirondacks,” said Peg Olsen, chapter director. “As we lead the effort to ensure the Adirondacks are ready for climate change, one of our most effective tools is our partnership with our supporters. Abby's experience will be invaluable to strengthening those relationships and highlighting the work our team does to ensure nature and people thrive."
Prior to returning to her alma mater in 2013, Blum worked on political campaigns for female candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. As a volunteer, Abby serves on the board of the United Way of Addison County, Vermont, where she recently started her term as vice chair. She looks forward to finding new places in the Park to hike, ski, and paddle.
The Nature Conservancy's mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Nature Conservancy has been operating in the Adirondacks since 1971, accomplishing unparalleled land protection (585,000 acres protected to date, including Boreas Ponds, Lake Lila, and Lyon Mountain), establishing innovative stewardship programs (Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program), collaborating with partners (state, county, and local governments, landowners and non-profits), and investing in science to guide its actions (assessing road-stream crossings in the Champlain watershed; assessing the status and resiliency of lake trout in the face of climate change). The Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter will continue to serve as a conservation leader in the Adirondacks and beyond.
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries and territories: 38 by direct conservation impact and 34 through partners, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.