Claire Cooney

Director of development


Claire RobinetteClaire works with the Fund’s experts across the Southeastern United States, including Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, to secure private funding for projects ranging from urban revitalization efforts to the protection of natural spaces. Claire enjoys meeting with donors and exploring their passion for conservation through visits and tours of the Fund’s projects. She also drives the Fund’s integrated messaging outreach to current and prospective donors by sharing the compelling personal stories of our work.

Prior to joining the Fund, Claire worked in various philanthropic roles with Mobilize.org in Washington, DC and the American Heart Association in Austin, TX. She also worked for an environmental law practice during college. Claire was awarded the Community Award in 2008 and the Overall Alumni Award in 2009 by the Alpha Gamma Kappa Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, an organization that emphasizes the importance of volunteerism in communities. Claire volunteers her time and fundraising skills to the Arlington Food Assistance (AFAC) Center’s Plot Against Hunger project. She received competitive grant funding to design a tomato container garden project for AFAC clients. 

Claire holds a BA in Psychology and Communication Studies from Southwestern University and graduated from Georgetown University’s New Strategies Program, an intensive education initiative designed for nonprofit professionals to find new revenue opportunities.

Contact:  ccooney@conservationfund.org   Phone: 512-639-9217   Office: North Carolina

Projects

How can we ACT on the Great American Outdoors Act?

How can we ACT on the Great American Outdoors Act?

Here’s a hint: We need your help! In August 2020, we celebrated a historic conservation win with the passage of...
Volkswagen Drives Bigger in Tennessee

Volkswagen Drives Bigger in Tennessee

Volkswagen, one of the world’s largest automakers, is demonstrating its commitment to environmental and corporate responsibility to reflect its...
Sowing Seeds of Hope for Farmers and Food Systems 

Sowing Seeds of Hope for Farmers and Food Systems 

With the average age of U.S. farmers approaching 60 years-old, it’s time to think about the future of farming...
Parks with Purpose in Durham

Parks with Purpose in Durham

Enhancing the ecological health of Goose Creek stream while bringing triple bottom-line benefits to the surrounding Durham communities.
Parks with Purpose in Raleigh

Parks with Purpose in Raleigh

A new green space in Raleigh's the Walnut Creek community will provide social, economic and environmental benefits for residents. 
Finding the Flint River

Finding the Flint River

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is best known for a few things: its title as the world’s busiest airport, its...
Skinner Mountain Forest

Skinner Mountain Forest

Hidden within northeastern Tennessee’s Skinner Mountain Forest is a dramatic landscape—gorges, cliffs, waterfalls, and an intricate maze of caves...
Durham Turns a Railway into a Greenway

Durham Turns a Railway into a Greenway

Built in the 1890s as a rail spur to downtown tobacco facilities, the Durham Belt Line extends along the...
A Future for Good Hope Farm in Cary, North Carolina

A Future for Good Hope Farm in Cary, North Carolina

Good Hope Farm is an historic farmstead situated within a half mile of 3,500 residents of Cary, North Carolina....
Parks with Purpose in Atlanta

Parks with Purpose in Atlanta

We are creating safe places to play, job training and easy access to greenspace in Atlanta’s historically underserved communities.