Succession at KNC

Two Leaders, One Legacy

During its long history, KNC has had only two leaders.

The first was KNC’s founder, Dr. H. Lewis Batts, Jr., who served in his role for 28 years. In 1988, Dr. Willard (Bill) M. Rose succeeded Dr. Batts as KNC’s President & CEO. Under the leadership of both men, KNC has experienced significant growth and earned the respect of peer organizations across the nation. Today, KNC continues to be sustained by community support that includes significant investments of financial resources and volunteer time.
Friends and supporters of KNC have launched the “Two Leaders, One Legacy” Campaign to honor Bill Rose, Ph.D., as he plans his spring 2018 retirement. Gifts to this special campaign will ensure KNC’s stability for generations to come by:

  • Securing KNC’s high impact education and conservation programs
  • Investing in sustainable capital projects
  • Strengthening KNC’s future leadership through dedicated transitional operating funds

Together, we can provide a sound foundation for KNC’s bright future. To accomplish these goals $6,790,000 in high priority needs have been identified. With nearly $5 million raised to date, your help is needed to bring the “Two Leaders, One Legacy” campaign to completion.

Endowment Support of High-Impact Programs  $5,000,000
Since KNC’s founding in 1960, priority has been given to assuring access to programs and activities for everyone in our community. As demand for programs and services has increased over the years, the need for endowment fundraising is greater than ever. Our endowment fundraising goals include:

  • $2M to support high-impact education and conservation programs with emphasis on serving low income and minority members of our community.
  • $1M for Annie’s Big Nature Lesson endowment will allow us to continue this unique and powerful week-long, on-site immersion program for elementary classes.
  • $1M in scholarship endowment will allow us to meet growing demand for all other KNC “deep impact” programs for underserved and financially challenged members of our community. In particular, we will be able to expand the number of participants in our Community Outreach Programs.
  • $1M to sustain Heronwood Field Station and keep our programs affordable to all, including middle and high school conservation biology courses, adult biology, and imperiled species programs.

Environmentally Sustainable Capital Projects  $1,590,000
KNC has always been an advocate and leader for the environment through our education and research programs. In addition, we adhere to environmentally sound practices and continually work toward facility upgrades that reduce our carbon footprint. The following environmentally sustainable investments will increase our operating efficiency while lowering our environmental impact.

  • $800,000 for Visitor Center facility upgrades that are urgently needed, including dome and roof replacement, improved roof insulation, and single pane window and door replacement.
  • $220,000 is marked for vehicle fleet replacement. KNC’s aging fleet of vehicles once served our community well by providing safe and reliable transportation for program participants, volunteers, and staff. However, our fleet is now in need of replacement. A new vehicle fleet will improve our ability to accommodate people of all ages and abilities, improve safety, reduce operating costs, and have lower environmental impact.
  • $225,000 is set aside to upgrade and replace the aging Visitor Center geothermal heating and cooling system. We have already replaced several components that were no longer serviceable. Continued replacements with modern heat pumps and control systems will result in financial and energy savings.
  • $250,000 will be used for a solar photovoltaic system. KNC’s solar panel system was installed at our main campus in late 2016. The system now generates 30% of the power needs at our main campus. While we are currently leasing the system, our desire is to purchase the system outright so we improve our operational cash flow through the resulting savings.
  • $95,000 is allocated for a new Maple Sugar Shack and equipment replacement. KNC’s Sugar Shack will have increased efficiency and functionality by providing sheltered, accessible space for popular maple sugaring programs. In addition, the new structure is being designed for year-round educational programming.

Transitional Operating Fund  $200,000
The expenses associated with a President & CEO search and transition constitute one-time operational expenses. They include search firm retention, travel expenses for final candidate visits, relocation expenses, and other costs of introducing the new President & CEO to the community.
Your gift to the “Two Leaders, One Legacy” campaign will have a profound impact during and beyond this special time in KNC’s history. Thank you for giving your consideration to this exciting opportunity.