Waterway Advocates, Inc.

Let's make climate action accessible to everyone.

Fort Lauderdale, FL   |  http://www.waterwayadvocates.org

Mission

Waterway Advocates is challenging communities to improve, beautify, and protect our ecosystems through engaging and meaningful service-learning experiences.

Notes from the nonprofit

We strive to inspire a culture of empathy-driven environmentalism through meaningful community experiences in nature. It should be easy for all community members to get involved in the conservation of our environment, and that’s a driving force at Waterway Advocates. Let’s make nature and climate action accessible for everyone. Learn more at naturehubs.org.

Ruling year info

2020

Co-Executive Director

Caleb Merendino

Co-Executive Director

Benjamin Swanson

Main address

P.O. Box 8734

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33310 USA

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Formerly known as

Advocates for Clean & Clear Waterways, Inc.

Advocates for Clean & Clear Waterways

EIN

85-0782176

NTEE code info

Pollution Abatement and Control Services (C20)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Communities in Action

Our ecosystems shouldn't just be beautiful, they should be thriving.

We have the power to inspire individuals from diverse backgrounds to take action for the wellbeing of our environment. When our ecosystems thrive, we all thrive.

We are proud to partner with community members to take action through various initiatives. Beautification projects can open the eyes of a child to the wonder of the natural world around them. Litter cleanups ensure that cigarette butts and other human waste stay out of the bodies of our wildlife (and our drinking water, too!). Recycling nontraditional items means that less and less waste is ending up in the Earth. The potential is endless, and this program seeks to create that spark of action and advocacy in our communities.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Activists
Families

"When we know better, we do better." - Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou reminds us that we are always learning. We are always seeking out new information, new ways to operate, new solutions to our problems, and more.

At Waterway Advocates, we seek to instill this growth mindset within our constituents. Community connections provide valuable insight, enabling us to develop meaningful educational content. Video shorts captivate scrollers across social media. Workbooks inspire the next generation to develop a deeper appreciation for nature. We encourage active discovery and engagement throughout the learning process. Through these efforts, we not only foster healthier habitats, but a society that understands, respects, and advocates for its ecosystems.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Adults
Children and youth
People with disabilities
At-risk youth
Academics

Waterway Advocates is excited to introduce our South Florida Nature Hubs! These green spaces will serve as effective pollination stations, wildlife corridors, native plant sanctuaries, and more, while providing critical supplies, equipment, wellness, and educational opportunities for our community members. Through school partnerships, we will also encourage local schools to #PlantNative and create mini nature hubs of their own. Providing meaningful opportunities for families to experience and protect nature is at the core of our values.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email, Website chat and reporting system,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Waterway Advocates, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 07/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David McVey

Waterway Advocates, Inc.

Christine Klima

Chelsea Clark

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 7/28/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/28/2022

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Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.