Greenbelt Alliance is almost entirely funded by our community of individual donors and philanthropic foundations. This is how we put your dollars to work.
It takes unwavering commitment to shape the rules that govern growth in the Bay Area. These rules include land-use plans, policies, and funding tools of the region’s nine counties and 101 cities and towns. Some advocacy campaigns move quickly and others can take months or years to win. We are proud to share that over the past few years, we celebrated several big wins that took years of advocacy to accomplish, including:
Securing 23 ballot measure wins for conservation and smart growth in 2016 including leading Measure K in Sonoma County to triple the land protected as community separators, and supporting Measure A to raise $950 million for affordable homes across Santa Clara County.
Expanding the Bay Area’s Priority Conservation Area Program totaling 165 PCAs covering over 2 million acres and dedicating $16.4 million for open space. As well as securing $418 million for open space through Measure AA and Measure Q.
Ensuring Contra Costa County adopted an Agricultural and Open Space Preservation Policy to protect our local farms and ranches from sprawl. We also created HomeGrown: Tools for Local Farms and Ranches as a call to action for decision-makers to support our local agriculture.
How We Do It
Every day we advocate for, provide expertise on, and build community support behind public policy and planning to ensure open space conservation and smart growth happens here in the Bay Area. Here’s a snapshot of our work last year. Read more about our impact in our annual report.
Each day, our staff:
- Meet with elected officials and governing bodies to ensure they have accurate policy analysis and innovative research when making decisions.
- Advise on and advocate for improvements as plans and policies evolve.
- Rally residents to take action in the most impactful ways.
- Publicly endorse good development and fight sprawl proposals.
- Organize community groups and organizations for a unified voice.
- Provide expertise on rules that govern where and how cities grow.
- Attend regional and local community meetings to support conservation and smart growth.
- Lead educational tours and events for residents and leaders to show them what is at stake if we don’t handle growth in the right way.
- Write, email, call, and show up to influence public policies that can change the Bay Area forever.
Help us continue to champion the places that make the Bay Area special.