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Friends of the Riverfront

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Pittsburgh, PA   |  https://www.friendsoftheriverfront.org

Mission

Friends of the Riverfront develops and maintains safe, clean, and accessible riverfront trails as part of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail and Water Trail systems to create and maintain an outstanding experience for trail users while providing economic, environmental and health benefits to the Pittsburgh region.

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

Ms. Kelsey Ripper

Main address

100 Hafner Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15223 USA

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EIN

25-1655056

NTEE code info

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (N01)

Economic Development (S30)

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Our programs

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Land Trail Development

As a founding project, Friends of the Riverfront is dedicated to the continued expansion of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Traditionally, our role has been largely focused on the development and stewardship of trails within the Allegheny County, and we have been extremely successful in these endeavors. Now we seek to build on this success by expanding the Three Rivers Heritage Trail outward to include riverfront trail development and acquisition of critical right of ways along our region's riverfronts.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

The Three Rivers Water Trail is a system of non-motorized access points that offer easy access to and from the rivers. The access points include informative signage and canoe/kayak racks. Friends of the Riverfront will continue to develop the Three Rivers Water Trail System, which began with the Allegheny River and is now expanding to include the Monongahela and Ohio Rivers. Friends of the Riverfront works in conjunction with community leaders, river users and government officials to scout for potential access sites, parking areas and hazards. We then install non-motorized boat racks, place informative signage to be seen from land and water and create, circulate and update maps for users of the water trail landing sites.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Riverfronts Naturally is a program working to restore native vegetation to areas adjoining the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, desolate Brownfield areas and other public spaces. The Three Rivers Heritage Trail has established public access to the rivers, and is creating an opportunity to improve and showcase the ecological health of our riparian environment. Aided by Friends of the Riverfront's Trail Care Handbook we have a clear road map to engaging volunteers in meaningful stewardship of our riverfronts and trail related amenities.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

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Goals & Strategy

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Financials

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Friends of the Riverfront

Board of directors
as of 11/28/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Durwood Hill

Stacey Vernallis

Emeritus

Durwood Hill

Tom Demagall

Golden Triangle Bike Rental

Jeanne K. Clark

Alcosan

Samantha Hartzman

Duquesne Light

Christopher Hetz

PNC

Anna Tang

Bicycle League of America

Lauren Burge

Eckert Seamans

Doug Clark

Civil & Environmental Consultants

Will Simpson

Simpson McCrady

Angela Martinez

City of Pittsburgh

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/15/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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