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Rock Creek Conservancy, Inc

Rating: 4.67 stars   9 reviews 663

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PO Box 42680 Washington DC 20015 USA

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 2 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Rock Creek Conservancy could have been a great non-profit. It had an engaged board, a small but growing base of volunteers, and excellent staff and leadership. But like many small organizations that are trying to grow, it has lost its way. The best of board is moving on, its longtime Executive Director left in autumn 2013, and now the organization is focusing most of its efforts on public relations and fundraising in an effort to get big as fast as possible. Bigger can be better, but not when it comes at the cost of effectiveness. Rock Creek's ecological health is declining but this non-profit has few answers. If you live in DC or Montgomery County and are concerned about the health of Rock Creek, your generosity is best directed elsewhere.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Okay

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Conservancy started 6 years ago as Friends of Rock Creek's Environment and changed its name and mission in 2011. It now advocates for Rock Creek, Rock Creek Park in DC, and the string of parks surrounding Rock Creek in Montgomery County. It is the only organization in the region that is focusing primarily on a healthy creek and parks.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Rock Creek Conservancy mobilizes thousands of volunteers each year, including its board members. I know my board leadership is helping to shape this organization, but it's also making sure Rock Creek remains a healthy and accessible resource for our community. Through development of our new strategic plan this year, we are listening to the community and making careful decisions about how the Conservancy can most effectively improve the waters, parks, and lands of Rock Creek. By working with partners, we don't have to do everything--we can focus on what we do best!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Rock Creek Conservancy is an excellent, evolving organization with something to offer park lovers, volunteers, recreationists, and neighbors. I strongly encourage everyone to check out the Conservancy and get involved!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I live in Northwest DC, near a Rock Creek Tributary, Soapstone Creek. I love the outdoors and enjoy being able to walk across Connecticut Avenue and find myself in a beautiful, quiet forest filled with birds, sunlight and a babbling stream. By working on the board of Rock Creek Conservancy, I have been able to play a personal role in improving Soapstone Creek and other sections of Rock Creek, through trash cleanups, removal of vines that are destroying trees, and educating neighbors about what they can do to reduce pollution. Rock Creek Conservancy is the only organization working on the entire length of Rock Creek, from its origins in Montogomery County to its mouth near the Kennedy Center in DC. The Creek is a precious but neglected natural resource for all the residents of the DC Metropolitan Area, but lacks a strong cadre of residents dedicated to its restoration and enhancement. Rock Creek Conservancy is working to build an army of neighborhood "Stream Teams" to protect and enhance Rock Creek, but the organization is still very small and lacks the necessary staff and funding to make the kind of impact that is needed. Neverthless, Rock Creek Conservancy is off to a good start and mobilized over 2,000 volunteers in early April for its Annual EXTREME Cleanup at more than 60 locations along the Creek!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Rock Creek Conservancy launched a stream team program that has successfully recruited and engaged over 60 stream teams that have adopted sections of the creek and its tributaries. The grass roots power of this army of volunteers and advocates is simply amazing. The teams participate in cleaning up trash, removing invasive weeds, planting trees and more.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Having admired the wonderful volunteer network that Rock Creek Conservancy developed for organizing cleanup work along the creek and the adjacent parkland, I joined the board last year. For a small newish group it is extremely well run, with formal procedures for educating new board members, well-organized committees, and tightly run meetings, that also are enjoyable. The potential for helping defend and improve Rock Creek, and for using Rock Creek to educate and exercise and entertain the residents of the Washington metropolitan area, is so great, that the Conservancy is expanding rapidly. We are working on a new strategic plan to determine our priorities for work over the next 5 to 10 years. Meanwhile, the current intern ran a wonderfully well organized Extreme Cleanup this month, and my team collected 28 bags of flood debris and over a ton of branches, which the Park service hauled away promptly. I was certainly impressed.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Rock Creek Conservancy is the only organization focused on the entire watershed, from the headwaters in Montgomery County until it empties into the Potomac near Georgetown. RCC focuses on stormwater control to limit the water erroding and polluting the creek. Also, RCC volunteers remove invasive species, create habitat and participate in a huge cleanup every April.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup is fabulous! Hundreds of people come out, and I love being part of an effort that makes a difference right here in the Washington area. It's easy to get discouraged, but Rock Creek Conservancy makes me feel part of a wonderful community of people who care.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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