The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, Inc. was formed in 1986 as a non-profit service bureau assisting six local land trusts on the Lower Cape. The Compact works with 25 local and regional land trust and watershed associations on their projects to acquire and manage important natural areas as protected open space. The Compact also advises its members on non-profit administration, tax, and legal questions. Because most local trusts are managed by volunteers, they find the full-time staff support provided by The Compact crucial to fulfilling their land conservation goals. As a regional organization, The Compact also conducts research and promotes land projects that foster a regional approach to open space protection. The Compact is supported by dues from member land trusts, donations, and grants from private foundations.