We have a very active Quail Coalition in the Houston area. Most of the money comes from big money people. Many of their improved pastures are in fact improved. The problem with getting more people involved is that the improved pastures are private and off limits to the rank and file bird doggers. That's just the way it is in Texas.
Same with Dallas...the active QC chapter is highland park...not exactly your average joes. I wish there was a "conservation" org that just pooled money and used it to buy land and set it aside, maybe create another place like matador over time..I'd happily contribute to that over funding "research."