Join or Renew As a 2020 Member Group
Your Organization Can Join Our Alliance
If interested in learning more about the Alliance and what it means to be a Member Group, continue reading to find the list of member benefits and the membership fee schedule. Please keep in mind that the list of member benefits below is not necessarily comprehensive, as we strive to make the most of our relationship with each Member Group, as well as facilitate beneficial relationships between Member Groups. If becoming a Member Group doesn’t sound like the right fit for your organization, please ask us about other ways we might build a partnership.
If your organization is interested in becoming a Member Group:
- Complete the 2020 Member Group Registration at this link.
- Submit your small membership fee online here or by mail to the address below.
2020 Member Group applications will be accepted through June 30, 2020.
We hope you will join our network of Member Groups for 2020 so we can develop our partnership and help broaden our collective impact! Please contact us with any questions.
Member Group Benefits
Capacity Building and Professional Development for your Organization
- Monthly Webinar Series:
Sierra Nevada Alliance works with experts to bring you monthly webinars on topics relating to capacity building, fundraising, networking, environmental challenges in the Sierra and more. This year, webinar topics will be chosen based on Member Group preferences. Many of the 2020 webinars will be offered exclusively to Sierra Nevada Alliance Member Groups. The Sierra Nevada Alliance recently joined the California Employers Association to help provide more comprehensive HR and labor law technical information to our Member Groups. As a result, we will be offering California Employers Association webinars on creating a culture of professionalism, civility and respect in the workplace, employee handbooks, and crucial conversations in the workplace for Member Group organizations only.
- On Site Workshops:
Sierra Nevada Alliance coordinates a series of workshops for Member Groups in different locations throughout the Sierra. In 2020, the Alliance will be teaming up with Sierra Nevada Conservancy to offer a free grant writing workshop in Fresno on February 13thand 14th. The Alliance will also be offering a free CEQA/ NEPA workshop to 2020 Member Groups employees.
- Host a Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Member at a Reduced Rate:
Gain invaluable support by building your staff with an AmeriCorps Member. The Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) works to assess and restore impaired watershed habitats and to increase community stewardship of Sierra Nevada watersheds through education and volunteerism. Each year, the Alliance coordinates the placement of 28 full time AmeriCorps Members with conservation organizations throughout the Sierra. Member Groups pay $12,000 to host a SNAP Member, while Non-Member Groups pay $13,000, and agencies pay $14,250.
- Host a Sierra Corps Forestry Fellow at a Reduced Rate:
The Sierra Corps Forestry Fellowship program aims to increase workforce capacity for forest health restoration and biomass utilization projects in the Sierra and Cascades. Beginning in Fall 2019, the Alliance will place six Fellows with partner organizations throughout the region for a year of forest-health related employment. Fellows will bring their education, skills, and expertise to engage in paid fellowships that aid in assessment, planning, project permitting, project management, and other essential forest restoration implementation tasks. Member Group organizations receive special consideration when applying to host a Sierra Corps Fellow. Member Group organizations pay $24,500 to host a Fellow as opposed to the standard price of $25,000.
- Gain Free Sierra Nevada Alliance Reports, Directories and Toolkits:
Alliance Member Groups have access to Alliance monthly webinars and past Alliance publications. Utilize this rich catalogue of Sierra resources to learn about Sierra Ecology topics, organizational capacity building, and more!
Secure a Seat at the Table for Regional and Statewide Issues
- Plan and Participate in the “Sierra Day In the Capitol”:
This year the Alliance is organizing “Sierra Day in the Capitol” in coordination with the Sierra Business Council, Sierra Fund, the Sierra Water Work Group, and Alliance Member Groups. The Lobby Day, on February 4thaims to raise the profile of the benefits the Sierra Nevada region provides to all Californians by visiting with Legislators, staff, and state agencies. The effort will highlight the climate resiliency and funding needs of the region with a focus on the development of a climate resilience bond for the November 2020 statewide ballot. Member Groups will be invited to join the “Sierra Day In the Capitol” and will influence the priorities shared with legislators.
- Be Represented in Sierra and Statewide Lobby Efforts:
The Alliance represents Member Groups as members of the Sierra Consortium and the California Watershed Network. A portion of Member Group fees support membership in these groups which have a strong presence at the state capitol and work with lobbyists to advocate for Sierra conservation priorities at the state level.
Reach a Larger Audience
- Post your Events, Action Alerts, and Jobs on the Alliance’s New Website:
In January, the Alliance will be launching a new website which will serve as a hub for Sierra stewardship. The landing page will feature Member Group events and advocacy news. Each Member Group will be able to log into the website and publish their latest events, advocacy issues, and job opportunities. We will be working hard to increase traffic to our website and get your events, advocacy news, and jobs the attention that they deserve. Engage with an entirely new audience of Sierra supporters.
- Use Sierra Nevada Alliance’s Newsletter and Social Media to Widen your Audience:
The Alliance will share Member Group events, advocacy and jobs that are posted on our website in both the bi-weekly Sierra Resource newsletter, as well as on Alliance social media platforms. Additionally, Sierra Nevada Alliance Member Groups are invited to publish articles about their organization in the Sierra Resource to help inform the Alliance audience about your work and gain new supporters.
- Receive a Subscription to our Electronic Bi-Monthly Sierra Resource E-Newsletters:
With the latest articles on Sierra conservation news, events, and notices – we stay up on issues and opportunities from around the state and nation that impact your efforts. Additionally, this year the Alliance will be starting a monthly newsletter specifically for Sierra Nevada Alliance Member Groups with training opportunities, Sierra advocacy news, and comprehensive grant offerings.
- Be Part of our Online Conservation Directory:
Member groups will be highlighted on Sierra Nevada Alliance’s online directory. Use this as a resource to connect with like-minded organizations for collaboration, or utilize it as a tool to encourage interested parties, public or otherwise, to engage with you.
Join a Unique, Synergistic Sierra-Wide Team
- Attend the Alliance Biannual Conference at a Discounted Rate:
In September 2020 the Sierra Nevada Alliance will be hosting our biannual conference. Sierra Nevada Alliance Member Groups receive a 25% discount to the Alliance conference and a 50% discount when they renew or become members by February 31st, 2020. This two-day conference features panels and workshops led by Sierra Conservation leaders. Attendees are encouraged to network and share ideas about how the Sierra conservation community can work together to optimize Sierra conservation efforts.
- Send Action Alerts:
Send out action alerts and petitions to the entire Alliance network including more than 1,000 active individuals who share a passion for natural resources and rural communities.
- Create Stronger Campaigns:
Whether it be writing a letter to a board or commission, signing on to a collective position letter, or testifying in support of your issue, the Alliance supports Member Groups’ campaigns whenever possible. In addition, the Alliance will work to facilitate partnerships for greater efficiency, especially amongst like-minded conservation groups.
Annual Member Group Fees are based on each group’s individual annual budget.
Please Note:Budget amounts forlandtrusts and others doingacquisition orlarge-scale restorationprojects should be based on operational expenditures only.
New Tribal Membership: This year the Alliance is offering free membership to tribes that have not previously been Alliance Member Groups. If your tribe is interested in becoming a 2020 Alliance Member Group please contact Community Engagement Program Director, Sara Monson at email@example.com.
Submit your membership fee online here or by mail to the address below.