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American Farmland Trust Adds Len Doran as Director of Major Gifts
Jennifer Morrill: 301-792-6238 (cell), jmorrill@farmland.org

Washington, D.C., December 11, 2008 —Len Doran has joined the staff of American Farmland Trust (AFT) as the Director of Major Gifts. Producers and conservationists founded AFT in 1980 to work with communities and individuals to protect land, plan for agriculture and keep the land healthy. AFT is currently leading two comprehensive campaigns: Agriculture and Environment, focused on the role of agriculture in improving water quality and reducing greenhouse gasses and climate change; and Growing Local, which joins agriculture with sustainable development, saving farmland and supporting the people, enterprises and communities that champion farms, farmers and farmland.

Doran will be working with major donors to engage them in ways that are fulfilling to their philanthropic goals, as well as to AFT’s campaign objectives. “I will be supporting the mission and vision of AFT, by building and securing the appropriate financial support that will turn AFT’s goals into reality,” says Doran. “I am very excited at the opportunity to employ my fundraising abilities toward the very valuable mission of AFT.”

Doran holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from St. John’s University; a master’s in Education Administration from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico; a master’s in education from The American University in Educational Psychology; and a doctorate (ABD) from The American University in Higher Education Administration and Educational Psychology. He has additional graduate business study at the Florida Institute for Technology. Doran is also a Certified Fundraising Executive since 1992 and Certified Master Teacher in Philanthropy through the Association of Fundraising Executives. 

Previous to joining AFT, Doran was Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Georgetown University, Director of Development at Woodberry Forest School, Vice President of Public Affairs and Development at Youth for Understanding, Senior Vice President of J. Donovan Associates, Inc., Managing Partner at the Wexford Group, Chief Development Officer at Core Knowledge Foundation and a consultant with several other organizations. 

Len Doran can be reached at ldoran@farmland.org, or via telephone at
(202) 378-1248. Doran works in AFT’s Washington, DC, office.  



American Farmland Trust is the nation's leading conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices and keeping farmers on the land. Since its founding in 1980 by a group of farmers and citizens concerned about the rapid loss of farmland to development, AFT has helped save millions of acres of farmland from development and led the way for the adoption of conservation practices on millions more.

AFT's national office is located in Washington, DC. Phone: 202-331-7300. For more information, visit www.farmland.org.

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