Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

River Network

connecting people, saving rivers

Boulder, CO

Mission

River Network empowers and unites people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain all life. We envision a future with clean and ample water for people and nature, where local caretakers are well-equipped, effective and courageous champions for our rivers. We believe that everyone should have access to affordable, clean water and healthy rivers.

Ruling Year

1992

President/CEO

Nicole Silk

Main Address

River Network 737 29th Street, Suite 201

Boulder, CO 80303 USA

Keywords

River, Water, Conservation, Community, Health, Land, Protect, Restore, Environment

EIN

93-0969979

 Number

2196957610

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Pollution Abatement and Control Services (C20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

River Network empowers and unites people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain all life. We envision a future with clean and ample water for people and nature, where local caretakers are well-equipped, effective and courageous champions for our rivers. We believe that everyone should have access to affordable, clean water and healthy rivers.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Strong Champions

Clean Water

Ample Water

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Strong Champions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

These numbers include both clean-up events and trainings (e.g., River Rally and other workshops and distance learning opportunities).

Number of rallies/events/conferences/lectures held to further mission

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Strong Champions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Value of direct financial support provided to local groups.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Strong Champions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

These figures include a combination of direct support, small grants, scholarships, and other support.

Number of individuals reached through our website, newsletter, and social media

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Strong Champions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of River Network clean-up events.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Clean Water

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Value of scholarships granted to River Rally participants in need

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Strong Champions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Thousands of rivers and the watersheds weave a tapestry across our landscape that connects our ecosystems, cities, economies, communities and culture. We believe that local caretakers, advocates, and enthusiasts are essential to protect and restore these systems. That is why we focus our full attention on building and expanding the capacity and capability of these people and the communities they are part of. River Network aims to CONNECT people with others facing similar changes, to proven approaches for addressing specific threats, and to new ideas and innovations from across industry, academia, government and non-governmental organizations. We EMPOWER concerned citizens and local caretakers of all varieties to make a difference locally, providing them the mentoring and capacity they need to make a difference. We EXPAND the impact of this large and diverse community by activating them for regional and national influence.

Three strategies focus our investment and align with our organizational strengths, threats to rivers and watersheds, and needs within our community: Strong Champions: Strengthen coalitions, organizations and leaders Clean Water: Promote clean water solutions and innovations Ample Water: Advance water supply security and sustainability These three strategies inform all of our work, from our newsletter and themes at River Rally, technical support, mentoring and collaboration, and distance learning opportunities, to best practices and impact stories shared through this website. They help us focus our limited resources and capacity on the most significant needs and the greatest value. For more information, please take a look at our complete strategic plan for River Network 2.0 accessible from this page.

River Network's current employees bring a wealth of skills, perspective and enthusiasm to their daily work, plus many years' experience related to taking care of our waters and supporting nonprofits. Our team is structured around the primary functions necessary to deliver on our strategies as well as deliver basic organizational support needed for accountability and financial solvency. River Network's Board of Directors has a deep understanding the vision and priorities stated above. River Network has forged deep and long-lasting partnerships with local, regional and national non-profits, foundations, government agencies, companies, tribal nations, and water advocates. To achieve the strategies and goals listed above, we invest in our current relationships, expand partnerships where appropriate to reach common goals and forge new alliances.

We are implementing new metrics to track River Network's outcomes and the goals defined in our 2018-2022 strategic plan. Those metrics include whether our work is improving the impact and influence of local caretakers, increasing their access to direct capacity and financial resources, providing exposure to best practices as well as new ideas and innovations, and expanding the reach of local success stories and urgent needs. Multiple data sources feed into these metrics including results from surveys, web analytics, and personal interviews. We collect feedback after each training we deliver, each forum we host, and each process we lead to identify areas for improvement and expansion. On an annual basis, we will perform a national needs assessment to better understand the challenges faced by local river champions and then design responsive information for inclusion on our website, training programs, and at our annual River Rally conference.

Three years ago, we began a journey to invigorate River Network's brand and value proposition. With care and deliberation, we focused our attention on three areas: strong champions (strengthening coalitions, organizations, and leaders), clean water (promoting clean water solutions and innovations) and ample water (advancing water supply security and sustainability). We also launched a new website and upgraded our internal systems, technologies, and culture of inclusion, building the backbone necessary for River Network's success and evolution. By dreaming big yet being methodical, garnering the support and enthusiasm of our funding and strategic partners we grew our net assets from slightly over $860,000 in 2014 to $1.89 million in 2017. We invested in 29 coalitions working toward greater impact in specific geographies and on threats to our rivers and communities, provided financial resources for 134 local events, attracted over 5,000 to our educational events, and reached nearly 200,000 with important news about the waters of our country. These past three years also witnessed a significant shift in the social and political context of water. As became clear to our team through the events harming the people of Flint, Michigan, and other areas threatened by contamination, flood risk, and drought, the costs of water are not equally distributed, nor are the gifts of access to healthy rivers. We brought these issues to center stage through our quarterly River Voices publication and blogs, our national River Rally annual conferences, and our first Trends Report: Our Water, Our Future. We also did hard work ourselves, examining our values, how we do our work and with whom, as well as our recruitment practices.

How We Listen

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

Source: Self-reported by organization

the feedback loop
check_box We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
check_box We shared information about our current feedback practices.
How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: it is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection.

External Reviews

Financials

River Network

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/15/2020

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender Identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person without a disability

Race & Ethnicity

Middle Eastern,Middle Eastern

Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation

Disability

Equity Strategies

Last updated: 04/15/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data

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We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
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We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
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We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
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We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
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We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
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We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
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We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

Policies and processes

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We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
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We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
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We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
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We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
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We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
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We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
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We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.