As president of the Arca Foundation from 1970-1980, Jane Bagley Lehman charted a course for the Foundation that survives today. Under her guidance, the Arca Foundation made grants to a number of organizations that are regarded as institutions today. Jane understood that a small amount of resources deployed strategically can create monumental change. She proceeded from the principle of risk—nothing is guaranteed, but there must be an attempt. From the early years of organic farming, solar energy, land use, conservation, and progressive economic analysis, Jane led the Arca Foundation to experiment, to take risks, and to invest in smart people.
On the occasion of her death in 1988, her brother, Smith Bagley, said of Jane: “She understood that those who seek to change a community, a state, or a nation must have the courage to enter the moral conflict knowing that many will rally support while others, with great cynicism, will not yield to change.” This is the resolve with which Jane led the Arca Foundation.
Upon its 50th Anniversary, the Arca Foundation dedicated the Jane Bagley Lehman Conference Room as a place in which another generation of leaders will dare to explore new ideas, to experiment, and to be courageous. Non-profit organizations that would like to make use of the Jane Bagley Lehman Conference Room for meetings may contact the Arca Foundation.
Reserving the Conference Room
Organizations with a 501(c)(3) tax status may request to use the room free of charge for meetings and events. The room can be requested for use Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and can comfortably accommodate groups of 20 or less.
To reserve the room, please complete the contact form below at least three weeks in advance of the requested date.
Arca Foundation staff will consider your request and will respond to you in a timely manner. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.