I run a statewide river conservation non-profit, and River Network's 'River Rally' is a once-per-year shot in the arm for me. It refreshes me, educates me, and reminds me that I'm not alone in the conservation struggle. It renews my passion. It's emotional unlike other any professional conference I've ever been to.
River Network has served my organization for several years and I have worked directly with them for the past 2 years. They continue to provide me with networking resources, professional development tools, program ideas, and industry news and data that is invaluable to growing my programs and organization.
I help run a small nonprofit watershed organization. Because this business is geographically-based, and many cities only have one or two organizations like ours, finding help to advance our organization is a challenge. One of the main goals of River Network is to facilitate dialogue between groups, and their annual meetings and online webinars allow me to find many other groups that are (or have been) in our exact stage of development. This engagement helps us maximize the benefits of our efforts by minimizing the frequency and depth to which we re-invent the wheel for our particular geographic region. While the networking end is the most valuable aspect to us, River Network also provides frequent and free educational opportunities. Our success would be significantly hampered without River Network.
My watershed group has been served by River Network since 1995. They are our most valuable national partner. They've trained us so that we've learned from the best practices in nonprofit management and advocacy work from across the US. They've linked us with affordable resources that take us to new levels, such as our Watergrass database made especially for river groups. They've helped us connect with mentors and peers and ally with groups from all over the country working on our same issues to multiply our access to innovation and our joint influence. They inspire and energize us every year at River Rally, the most fun and useful conference ever! They uplift us through burnout, guide us through complex technical issues, make sure we have time to play, help us raise more money for our mission, and love us. Their staff is consistently the hardest working, most service-oriented, hilarious, and talented bunch I know. Their Board members are deeply committed to this work and bring wide resources to the organization. While my link to RN for 18 years has been as my organization's Exec. Director, I am excited and humbled that RN has brought me onto their Board recently. Long live River Network! Rally Ho!
Connecting people and resources with causes is about the best role a nonprofit can fill and that is the case with River Network. Their input and support has transformed a small effort and larger dream into a reality by finding funding and people to accomplish a clean-up, gain visibility, and expand a restoration objective. Thank you, RN.
River Network helps to connect watershed groups so that they can share resources and experiences. In a time of limited funding and scarce resources, this is invaluable.
River Network continues to provide capacity building programs through their National River Rally, blogs,shared information from questions from a particular watershed groups representative and then shared across the listserve. Scholarships provide watershed staff and others an opportunity to attend River Rally. without these funds many would not be able to attend due to the region of the country being economically depressed. The information shared through the listserve is unbiased which is critical in addressing watershed concerns with a balanced approach.
The River Network is a must join organization for any river group. As a member you are kept up to date and in the loop with other river stewards throughout the country, learning from each other’s experiences. Together we are able to provide feedback and ask for new ways of doing things. Without the River Network's partnership with Anheuser Busch one of the New Hampshire Rivers Council's most exciting projects may not have ever gotten off the ground. Thank you River Network!
The service they provide is vital to empower communities to effectively manage their own resources. I have been working with River Network's IMPACT Program and its extremely beneficial for watershed organizations. I look forward to continued quality of work and support. THANKS