Kinship Conservation Fellows

Stephanie Gripne and Carl Palmer


Morning Session #1: 9:00 – 10:00 AM (Optional)

Title:  The Basics (and we mean the real basics) of Conservation Finance

Facilitators:  Stephanie Gripne and Carl Palmer

I. Just Plain Finance 

  1. What is finance?
  2. What is money?
  3. What is the time value of money?
  4. How do you borrow money?
  5. How do you calculate returns (IRR and ROI and DCF)?

II. Conservation Finance Basics (this part will pull basic slides from our Land Trust Alliance Rally presentation)

Morning Session #2: 10:30 - 12.30 PM

Title: Conservation Finance: What We All Need to Know I

Facilitators: Stephanie Gripne and Carl Palmer

I.  Our journeys in Conservation Finance

  1. Timeline from 1980 – 2015 with logos for different parts of our lives

II. Conservation Finance 101 - from our Land Trust Alliance Rally presentation
III. Tarryall Creek Ranch Transaction Case Study

Afternoon Session #1: 2-3.30 PM

Title: Conservation Finance: What We All Need to Know II

Facilitators: Stephanie Gripne and Carl Palmer

I. A Systemic View: Conservation Finance Opportunities along the supply chain from rancher to consumer

  1. Rancher
  2. Landscape
  3. Marketplace
  4. Consumer

Afternoon Session #2: 3.30-5 (Optional)

Title:  From Theory to Practice: Applying Lessons Learned

Facilitators:        Stephanie Gripne and Carl Palmer

I. Deal Doctor Session

Bring your challenging case studies and additional Case Studies from Other Conservation Investors as needed depending on how many challenges/case studies students bring to the table

  1. LegacyWorks Group
  2. Conservation Forestry
  3. Lyme Timber
  4. Colorado Open Lands
  5. EcoProducts Fund





Dr. Stephanie Gripne is an academic entrepreneur, impact investor, philanthropic advisor, researcher, educator and the creative force behind the Impact Finance Center.   Stephanie founded the Impact Finance Center in 2012 and formed the partnership between University of Denver Daniels College of Business and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors – Sustainable Endowment Institute.  The Impact Finance Center is a national impact investing think-do tank that produces rigorous and relevant research, educations, and develops transactions in the area impact investing and venture philanthropy. Dr. Gripne and her exceptional research team are currently interviewing over 100 foundations as part of one of the first academic research project on program related investments and mission related investments. Stephanie has over 20 years of experience working in the intersection of business and natural resources which has included working for the EcoProducts Fund $100 Ecosystem Service private equity fund, the Nature Conservancy, the USDA Forest Service, DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Journal of Wildlife Management, and several universities. Stephanie received her Ph.D. from the Boone and Crockett Wildlife Conservation Program at the University of Montana working with Dr. Jack Ward Thomas.  She has a B.S. in Biology & Wildlife Management from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point and a M.S. in Ecology from Utah State University. Stephanie is an Aspen Institute Environment Forum Scholar, Environmental Leadership Senior Fellow, Property Environment Research Center Fellow, Ford Foundation Community Forestry Fellow, and Boone and Crockett Professional Member.

Carl Palmer has led innovative community impact initiatives for the past 17 years. His experience spans impact investing, nonprofit leadership, ecological restoration, strategy development, entrepreneurship, investment management and place-based education. Carl is happiest working in partnership with aligned funders and community leaders to develop and implement innovative strategies and collaborations to achieve important community goals.