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Patrick Westerlund

Spring NSBF Webinar

Social Impact Investing: Strategies which seek to consider both financial return and social good to bring about social change.

Wed. March 22, 1 pm EST

Have you ever asked a foundation for financial support for your byway? You will want to hear about how the multi-billion dollar industry of "social impact investing" - creating a social and/or environmental impact with investments, but also getting a decent rate of return - is transforming foundation finance plans. This mindset change represents a funding opportunity for those who know about it (maybe your byway?) Foundations can also be more than just grant-makers. They can be mission-aligned investors, provide advice and support, and connect your byway team to helpful new resources.

Join us on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 1 p.m. Eastern/12 noon Central/11 a.m. Mountain/10 a.m. Pacific as we hear from Patrick Westerlund, who leads the Wells Foundation's Social Impact Investing executive education program for nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs. Download a pdf describing the webinar. Register here.

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National Summit for Gateway Communities

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The 100th anniversary of the National Park Service put a spotlight on the iconic parks that Americans love and cherish. It also directed attention to the need to invest in America’s gateway communities, which welcome and serve the needs of visitors and residents drawn to the magic of our public lands. 

To help address these issues Scenic America is partnering with the Conservation Fund to produce a National Summit for Gateway Communities this December at the National Conservation Training Center in Sheperdstown, West Virginia.  Click here to learn more about the goals and objectives of the summit.

Scenic Byways 25!

National Scenic Byways Program Celebrates 25th Anniversary

trekker BreezeOn Tuesday evening, December 6th, byway supporters joined Congressional leaders to recognize and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the National Scenic Byways Program. The Scenic Byways 25! event was held in Washington, DC at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center. Congressional Hosts for the evening were David Cicilline (RI-1), Ted Poe (TX-2), John Delaney (MD-6) and Sam Farr (CA-20). The reception was sponsored by the National Scenic Byway Foundation, Scenic America and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership. Read more...

Other Items

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve trails now accessible to visually impaired

NATIVE – Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act; P.L. 114-221

National Park Service announces Donny Ledbetter as new National Tourism Program Manager

New Video Inviting People to “Reconnect” on the Creole Nature Trail

Reminder: Shop AmazonSmile and Support Byways!

FAST – Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, P.L. 114-94

Plan on Bike and Pedestrian Safety

Latest Information From Byways Around The Country

Be sure to check Foundation News for the latest information from byways around the country, including the Every Kid in A Park Pass campaign, information about the Cascade Loop’s National Ford Magazine and Florida’s St. Augustine’s 450 celebration of history along AIA Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway.

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