The organization I work for is a River Network partner and in our experience the benefits of this relationship have helped us network (imagine that, River Network!) with other groups like us across the country and world! By connecting multitudes of small conservation groups, we maximize our capacity and knowledge base. We also benefit from their insurance discounts and have found River Network-recommended providers to suit our needs perfectly! I have participated in several River Network webinars and attended their annual conference--River Rally. River Rally was hands-down the best conference/training experience of my career. I wish I could go every year! The staff are easy to access, knowledgeable, and they sincerely care about the work each and every partner group does. In 2010, River Network honored our late Executive Director--also my father-in-law--as a "River Hero". My mother-in-law's experience of traveling to River Rally to receive this award and meeting all of the wonderful River Network people and partners provided a unique healing experience that she will never forget. In the mind of this non-profit manager, River Network is a 5-star organization!
River Network has provided tremendous service to two different watershed protection and conservation organizations I have led over the last 12 years. I was introduced to River Network through their annual National River Rally in 2003. That event was somewhat life-changing. As a relatively new water protection advocate I was introduced to hundreds of supportive individuals and provided multiple materials produced by River Network that would end up helping me protect my local watershed in Southcentral Pennsylvania, and later in my organization's work on the east coats's largest river, the Susquehanna. The work sessions at River Rally provided every aspect of guidance, from organizational functions and fundraising, to complex pollution science, to in depth discussion of what environmental protection laws really mean and how are they used. The continued support offered through emails and newsletters has been a constant support line. River Network is one of the most helpful and useful organizations I have ever worked with.
River Network was very willing to help my organization with a project that we are currently working on. Within an hour, a representative engaged me in conversation regarding our project and was quick to lend a hand. I am very impressed with River Network and their efforts. I look forward to continue to work with them in the future.