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River Network

connecting people, saving rivers

Boulder, CO   |  http://www.rivernetwork.org
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River Network

EIN: 93-0969979


Mission

River Network grows and strengthens a transformational national network of water, justice, and river advocates. We envision a powerful and inclusive movement that ensures abundant clean water for all people and nature to thrive. We believe that joy and hope for our planet flows through our rivers.

Ruling year info

1992

President & CEO

Raj Shukla

Main address

PO Box 21387

Boulder, CO 80308 USA

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EIN

93-0969979

Subject area info

Environment

Community and economic development

Water resources

Population served info

Adults

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

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

Pollution Abatement and Control Services (C20)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The problem River Network is working to address: - Healthy rivers sustain people and natural systems, and are vital assets for the communities through which they flow. Yet many are threatened by pollution, habitat destruction, depletion, and climate change, especially in low-income and communities of color. - Drinking water is fundamental to our health and well-being. However, across the country, access to clean, safe, and affordable drinking water – two thirds of which comes from streams and rivers – is not guaranteed. - Communities across the US face increasing risks of flooding, drought, and other weather-related natural disasters whose impacts disproportionately affect low-income and communities of color.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Healthy, Resilient Rivers

Healthy rivers sustain people and natural systems, and are vital assets for the communities through which they flow. Yet many are threatened by pollution, habitat destruction, depletion, and climate change, especially in low-income and communities of color. Successfully tackling these threats requires an integrated, equitable approach at multiple scales. This includes addressing river corridors, floodplains, and upstream and downstream connections. River Network advances these approaches by strengthening local organizations’ abilities to develop diverse coalitions, lead advocacy efforts, promote best practices, and leverage funding to achieve resilient and accessible rivers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Drinking water is fundamental to our health and well-being. However, across the country, access to clean, safe, and affordable drinking water – two thirds of which comes from streams and rivers – is not guaranteed. By equipping groups nationwide with the knowledge and capacity needed to advocate for equitable access to clean drinking water and influence decision makers at the federal, state, and local levels, we can advance the human right to water and ensure sustainable drinking water access for all.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Communities across the US face increasing risks of flooding, drought, and other weather-related natural disasters whose impacts disproportionately affect low-income and communities of color. Local, grassroots, community groups are key to contributing their expertise, leveraging power and influence, and serving as effective local and regional agents for change, ultimately building more equitable, thriving, and climate-resilient communities with and by the people who are most impacted.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Safe, Affordable Drinking Water

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Value of direct financial support provided to local groups.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Value of scholarships granted to River Rally participants in need

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

River Network grows and strengthens a transformational national network of water, justice, and river advocates. We envision a powerful and inclusive movement that ensures abundant clean water for all people and nature to thrive.

We believe:
• Joy and hope for our planet flows through our rivers.
• All living beings share a common home and a fundamental right to clean water.
• People, places, and nature are interconnected and must adapt to survive in a rapidly changing world.
• Equitable and enduring solutions start with community – created with, by, and for the people
most impacted.

Our ultimate goal is to deliver a future of clean and ample water for people and nature in which everyone is guaranteed the right to affordable clean water and healthy rivers. Whether through our website, River Rally (our annual conference), River Voices (our quarterly e-magazine), or the grants and services we deliver, we constantly strive to expand and strengthen our community, our approaches, and our coalitions in order to build this future together.

Recognizing River Network’s leadership role and shared accountability for the health of water across the U.S. and the many people who call it home, our Strategic Plan concludes with three ambitious focus areas that define the network’s impact working collectively over time.

Healthy, Resilient Rivers

Healthy rivers sustain people and natural systems, and are vital assets for the communities through which they flow. Yet many are threatened by pollution, habitat destruction, depletion, and climate change, especially in low-income and communities of color. Successfully tackling these threats requires an integrated, equitable approach at multiple scales. This includes addressing river corridors, floodplains, and upstream and downstream connections. River Network advances these approaches by strengthening local organizations’ abilities to develop diverse coalitions, lead advocacy efforts, promote best practices, and leverage funding to achieve resilient and accessible rivers.

Safe, Affordable Drinking Water

Drinking water is fundamental to our health and well-being. However, across the country, access to clean, safe, and affordable drinking water – two thirds of which comes from streams and rivers – is not guaranteed. By equipping groups nationwide with the knowledge and capacity needed to advocate for equitable access to clean drinking water and influence decision makers at the federal, state, and local levels, we can advance the human right to water and ensure sustainable drinking water access for all.

Climate-Resilient Communities

Communities across the US face increasing risks of flooding, drought, and other weather-related natural disasters whose impacts disproportionately affect low-income and communities of color. Local, grassroots, community groups are key to contributing their expertise, leveraging power and influence, and serving as effective local and regional agents for change, ultimately building more equitable, thriving, and climate-resilient communities with and by the people who are most impacted.

River Network is the only national nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to grow and strengthen the nationwide network of water, justice, and river advocates, ensuring they are well-equipped to
improve and protect their waterways, create climate-resilient communities, and ensure equitable access to safe, affordable drinking water.

River Network accomplishes this locally and nationally by responding to the capacity and training needs of organizations and communities, and by synthesizing, elevating, and activating
proven and promising practices from the field.

River Network shares challenges, learnings, and successes from the field, catalyzing organizations to apply them for healthy rivers and clean drinking water.

River Network equips and connects advocates at the local, state, and federal levels to advance and implement policy, increase investments, and build power for greater collective impact and action.

These efforts create a connected and inclusive movement for equitable access to healthy waters and climate-resilient communities for people and nature to thrive.

Since 1988, River Network has been at the forefront of expanding national interest in protecting the waters of our country, encouraging diversity in the environmental movement, and helping engaged community members and local organizations take a stand for their waters. Today, our national network includes over 2,200 individual members representing of over 750 local and regional nonprofits, tribes, government agencies, and businesses working to ensure abundant clean water for all people and nature to thrive. This network connects our rural and urban areas, supports local and regional groups, and represents our immense collective power.

River Network is committed to equity and building a stronger network of diverse organizations and communities, working individually and collectively to ensure safe, affordable drinking water, healthy rivers, and climate-resilient communities. These issues have never been more essential and making real and lasting progress will take all of us.

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    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

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

23.07

Average of 11.91 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

10.5

Average of 7.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

12%

Average of 15% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

River Network

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of River Network’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $305,359 $374,565 $89,272 $1,184,192 -$1,672,199
As % of expenses 11.6% 13.6% 3.2% 32.3% -51.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $284,671 $353,877 $75,654 $1,169,792 -$1,686,639
As % of expenses 10.8% 12.7% 2.7% 31.8% -51.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $3,650,617 $2,601,196 $2,821,505 $4,468,341 $3,210,384
Total revenue, % change over prior year 42.0% -28.7% 8.5% 58.4% -28.2%
Program services revenue 16.7% 23.3% 3.2% 5.3% 4.4%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 1.6%
Government grants 1.5% 0.0% 20.2% 12.8% 18.8%
All other grants and contributions 81.6% 76.5% 76.6% 81.9% 75.3%
Other revenue 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,624,902 $2,763,612 $2,765,800 $3,669,175 $3,264,315
Total expenses, % change over prior year -6.1% 5.3% 0.1% 32.7% -11.0%
Personnel 51.9% 57.2% 55.3% 48.5% 57.8%
Professional fees 14.1% 14.8% 21.0% 17.3% 17.4%
Occupancy 1.7% 1.6% 0.8% 0.9% 1.1%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 15.0% 18.3% 16.5% 16.0% 15.2%
All other expenses 17.3% 8.0% 6.3% 17.3% 8.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,645,590 $2,784,300 $2,779,418 $3,683,575 $3,278,755
One month of savings $218,742 $230,301 $230,483 $305,765 $272,026
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $2,864,332 $3,014,601 $3,009,901 $3,989,340 $3,550,781

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 8.5 11.3 10.4 9.4 10.5
Months of cash and investments 8.5 11.3 10.4 9.4 10.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.7 5.1 5.5 8.0 2.9
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $1,860,893 $2,591,167 $2,401,546 $2,871,832 $2,850,952
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $1,025,238 $334,787 $482,827 $817,340 $693,045
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $139,041 $139,041 $139,041 $139,041 $139,041
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 41.5% 56.3% 66.1% 76.5% 86.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 4.3% 10.8% 8.2% 6.0% 3.7%
Unrestricted net assets $892,716 $1,246,593 $1,322,247 $2,492,039 $805,400
Temporarily restricted net assets $1,961,999 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $1,961,999 $1,425,018 $1,391,451 $1,006,425 $2,624,693
Total net assets $2,854,715 $2,671,611 $2,713,698 $3,498,464 $3,430,093

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President & CEO

Raj Shukla

Raj joined River Network as President and Chief Executive Officer in June 2023, bringing 20 years of mission-focused experience to lead a national team that grows and strengthens a transformational network of water, justice, and river advocates. Raj built a career designing behavior change programs to tackle climate change, preparing candidates to win campaigns, and organizing businesses to meet social needs. Raj has led teams to build technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, organize local leaders to advance ambitious water policy, and advocate for clean, free-flowing rivers in county seats, state capitols and corporate board rooms across the United States. He graduated from UW-Madison late in the 20th century. Raj also led a push to help his hometown, Madison, Wisconsin, become the first in the state to commit to 100% clean energy.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

River Network

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Highest paid employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 02/28/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Andrew Fahlund


Board co-chair

Joya Banerjee

Andrew Fahlund

Water Foundation

Richard Roos-Collins

Water and Power Law Group, PC

Julia Blatt

Massachusetts Rivers Alliance

Bill Brandt

Arizona State University

Sandra Postel

Global Water Policy Project

Joya Banerjee

John Weiss

Julian Gonzalez

Earth Justice

Mekayle Houghton

Cumberland River Compact

Scott Miller

Kim Milligan

Bob Sproull

Kevin Jeffery

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 2/28/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/22/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.