Members and Supporters: Q&A with Development Director Marta McCormack

From the Fall 2017/Winter 2018 issue of The Meadowlark

One year ago, Marta McCormack joined Belwin Conservancy as Development Manager. In that time, she’s learned a lot about the organization and its members, including the one thing that every member seems to have in common: a passion for the work that Belwin is doing.

Q: What’s been the most rewarding part of your job so far? A: The most rewarding part has been coming to understand Belwin’s history and sharing the organization with anyone who will listen to me. Belwin is special and unique, and there’s nothing else like it.

I wanted to work at a place where I wake up and enjoy spreading the word of something I really believe in. I want to help explain to people why it’s important to support Belwin so we can still enjoy open spaces; so that rare and endangered species have protected land; so that kids can continue to learn about nature first-hand.

I love this job. I love talking to people, engaging with members and setting up appointments to talk with others about why Belwin is important.

Q: Why is supporting Belwin Conservancy important? A: For many reasons! Because Belwin has so many unique features, and depending on people’s passions and interests, I can make a connection to what’s important to them. If people are interested in undeveloped land and endangered species, Belwin supports that. If they are interested in youth education and athletics, we support that, too.

We have forests, restored prairies, creeks and oak savanna. We also have bison, athletic fields and an education center for public school children. Our 1,364 acres of protected land is beautiful! It’s spectacular, with amazing vistas and topography. It has something for everyone.

Q: What’s been the most challenging part of your job? A: A big hurdle, especially when I started, is that we’re such a diverse organization. We have ball fields, bison, kids who come here, land we’re protecting and restoring; unique and special things. It was hard for me at first to explain that. Now I find that it works to my advantage.

Q: How can Belwin members help you make connections with potential new members? A: I love to be invited to business events to share our message. If you work at a business that hosts environmental organization days or nonprofit fairs, I’m happy to come and meet with people. We want to be a 1,000-member organization by our 50th anniversary in 2021. A great way to grow our membership is to have current members connect Belwin to people and organizations that could become future members.

Read the next article in The Meadowlark: Making Connections: Meet New Member Wade Wenzel

Read the previous article in The Meadowlark: A Force for Good: Meet Steve Martin, Belwin Volunteer