John Muir Land Trust Chosen As One Of California’s Nonprofits Of The Year

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Rebecca Bauer-Kahan selects JMLT as the 16th Assembly District’s 2019 Nonprofit of the Year


MARTINEZ, CA — John Muir Land Trust (JMLT, jmlt.org) is proud to announce it has been selected as a 2019 California Nonprofit of the Year by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, 16th Assembly District of California.

Linus Eukel, Executive Director of John Muir Land Trust, accompanied by members of the board and staff travelled on June 5th to Sacramento to join with one hundred other nonprofit leaders to be honored by state senators and assemblymembers during a celebration luncheon as part of California Nonprofits Day.

In an announcement Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan stated, “I am very proud to name today John Muir Land Trust as the 16th Assembly District’s 2019 Nonprofit of the Year. The Trust is being recognized specially today in Sacramento by the State Assembly during California Nonprofits Day for its remarkable accomplishments in protecting our District’s extraordinary natural resources. Since its founding 30 years ago, the Trust has worked tirelessly to protect thousands of acres of open space lands in our District, permanently preserving ranchland, farms, parkland, and shoreline. The Trust’s mission helps California in our quest for cleaner air, more abundant water supplies, ensuring critical habitat for wildlife, and mitigating the impacts of climate change. It has become one of the leading forces for conservation in Northern California. I congratulate John Muir Land Trust on this richly-deserved award, and I know that John Muir himself would be proud of what his namesake has achieved.”

Attending the ceremony at the Sacramento State Capitol are (left to right): District Director Shawn Kumagai, and members of the board and staff of JMLT: Hannah Hodgson, Karen Sakata, Neil Roscoe, Stephanie Becker, Melanie Hogan, Brian Hayes, Arthur Bart-Williams, Dawn Block, Krista Vossekuil, Katie Hill, Linus Eukel, Eliot Hudson, Charles Lewis IV, Ted Radosevich, and Steven Kirby.

Eukel said, “John Muir Land Trust serves the human and non-human residents of the East Bay counties of Alameda and Contra Costa by conserving land that promotes the health and well-being of all. The board, staff, and community of thousands of generous supporters who make our work possible are deeply humbled to be recognized by Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan as a Nonprofit of the Year.”

“Nonprofits are often hidden in plain sight,” explains Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). “California Nonprofits Day is an opportunity for our elected officials to celebrate the good work they see nonprofits doing in their districts, and for everyone to appreciate the collective impact of nonprofits in our communities.”

About California Nonprofits Day

California Nonprofits Day, now in its fourth year, was formally recognized by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 62, authored by the chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector, Assemblywoman Monique Limón (Santa Barbara). She and Senator Holly Mitchell spoke at the luncheon. The day was organized by Assemblymember Limón and CalNonprofits.

According to “Causes Count,” a 2016 report commissioned by CalNonprofits, the nonprofit sector is the 4th largest industry in the state, employing nearly one million people. Each year, California nonprofits generate over $200 billion in revenue and bring in $40 billion in revenue from outside of California. The unpaid labor contributed by volunteers at nonprofits is equivalent to 450,000 full-time jobs every year.

About John Muir Land Trust

John Muir Land Trust ( JMLT) protects and cares for open space, ranches, farms, parkland and shoreline in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. In a generation, John Muir Land Trust has become one of the leading forces for conservation in northern California. With 3,200 acres protected, many beautiful places in the East Bay are permanently preserved for recreation, wildlife habitat and spectacular scenic views. JMLT believes that the vitality of our open spaces is essential to the health of our earth, air, water, native plants and animals — and all of us. jmlt.org