Criteria for Participating Institutions in CPC

A CPC Participating Institution is any organization that has committed by mutual agreement to support the National Collection of Endangered Plants through science-based conservation, research that directly supports the vision and mission of CPC and its conservation partners, or supports CPC’s vision and mission through a corporate partnership and shared vision. CPC Participating Institutions cooperatively work to promote ex situ conservation of plants, advocate for living collections as safeguards in preserving plant species, and communicate the scientific understanding of plants and their vital role in global health.

In return, CPC is committed to supporting its Participating Institutions – collectively known as the “CPC Network” or “Network” – by providing technical and scientific expertise both directly and through other CPC Participating Institutions, by advocating for the National Collection and the organizations dedicated to the conservation of plants in the National Collection, and through securing and distributing direct funding to support conservation efforts when possible. CPC also works extensively to assist organizations aspiring to become CPC Participating Institutions and works with these institutions and their staff to build capacity enabling them to achieve sustained conservation outcomes.

Institutions, upon acceptance into the CPC Network, are assigned to one of four partner categories of Participating Institutions:

Conservation Partners are 1) non-profit organizations, exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, 2) are primarily research gardens, arboreta, museums, zoos or other such organizations whose mission either partially or wholly concerns the conservation and appreciation of plants, and 3) must formally maintain documented ex situ collections of regionally rare taxa of conservation concern for inclusion in the CPC National Collection.

Conservation Partners must use quality, science-based principles and recognized best conservation practices in their rare plant work including those specified in the CPC Guidelines for Participating Institutions.

Provisional Conservation Partner

Provisional Conservation Partners are organizations aspiring to be full Conservation Partners in CPC but are either new to ex situ conservation or are in process to develop capacity to conduct ex situ conservation according to CPC guidelines. Provisional membership is offered for a period of three years. CPC and its partners will work with Provisional Conservation Partner members through a customized training and capacity building process designed to elevate conservation initiatives at the provisional institution. The end goal is for provisional members to achieve full Conservation Partner membership at the end of the three year provisional period.

The funding structure, as well as review and training procedures, to support Provisional member organizations are under development.

Research Partners can be a variety of organizations, consortia or partnerships that are non-profit (although IRS exemption is not required), that conduct research or perform other related work that directly supports CPC mission. Whereas Conservation Partners are directly responsible for the National Collection, Research Partners often perform basic research or provide technical skills and services that support the CPC National Collection in tangible ways.
Corporate Partners represent a variety of for-profit companies whose corporate mission aligns with CPC vision and mission and whose affiliation with CPC represents a mutually beneficial relationship. Corporate Partners provide financial support through direct contributions and/or contribution of equipment, tools and resources useful to CPC and its Participating Institutions.
Network Partners are organizations, consortia or other regional, national or international organizations whose mission overlaps significantly with CPC either by amassing ex situ conservation collections for different but complementary purposes as CPC or maintain professional memberships, partnerships or networks of their own that overlap with and enhance the CPC Network.

For additional information, please contact CPC