Name and location: River Network, 520 SW 6th Ave., #1130, Portland, OR 97204
Alabama Rivers Alliance (Birmingham, AL): grassroots organizing, organizational development, support to start-ups, technical assistance on water policy
Freshwater Future (Petoskey, MI): organizational development support (e.g. communication, networking, fundraising), technical assistance on watershed protection and restoration topics
Gulf Restoration Network (New Orleans, LA): communications and outreach tools, grassroots organizing and fundraising, building effective partnerships and coalitions, science-based programming.
Program Summary: River Network and more than a dozen state and regional capacity building organizations are part of the Watershed Support Network (WSN) which has helped build a nationwide movement of nearly 2,000 state and local non-profit groups working to protect and restore our most valuable resource -- water.
This proposal engages three WSN Partner organizations in working with our staff and contractors to provide capacity building assistance to 15-20 small or mid-sized watershed groups in hardship communities in five states and the District of Columbia.
We will establish performance based management systems to enable each group to track progress as we provide in-person and webinar trainings on volunteer recruitment, fundraising, board development, strategic planning; a peer learning network; participation in our annual National River Rally; and additional services (web resources, newsletters, list serv, etc.).
Geographic area(s) or communities you are proposing to serve: Gulf states (LA, AL, MS), Great Lakes (OH, MI) and DC's Anacostia River.
We will provide intensive capacity-building support to 15-20 groups and will support 20-30 additional NGOs by including them in webinars and teleconferences.
Grant Amount Requested: $202,396