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WINYAH RIVERS FOUNDATION, INC.

Fishable, Swimmable, Drinkable Water for Our Families and Our Future

aka Winyah Rivers Alliance   |   Conway, SC   |  http://www.winyahrivers.org
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WINYAH RIVERS FOUNDATION, INC.

EIN: 57-1118288


Mission

Our mission: To protect, preserve, monitor and revitalize the health of the lands and waters of the greater Winyah Bay watershed. Winyah Rivers Alliance watches over the watersheds in the Lower PeeDee Basin, identified by the United States Geologic Survey as Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) 030402. This large watershed represents a drainage area of 11,700 square miles and includes the Waccamaw, Lumber, Little Pee Dee, Lower Pee Dee, Lynches, Black and Sampit Rivers. Collectively this is referred to as the greater Winyah Bay watershed because all rivers ultimately discharge into Winyah Bay at Georgetown, South Carolina, the third largest estuary on the eastern seaboard.

Notes from the nonprofit

Winyah Rivers Foundation Inc. strives to be transparent in all of our activities. Our website, www.winyahrivers.org, hosts information about our organization, including our list of board members, tax information, strategic plan, program information, etc. We are happy to provide additional information. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us via our contact information at www.winyahrivers.org. Thank you for your support.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Ms. Debra Buffkin

Main address

PO Box 554

Conway, SC 29528-0554 USA

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EIN

57-1118288

Subject area info

Natural resources

Water resources

Oceans and coastal waters

Rivers and lakes

Unknown or not classified

Population served info

Children

Preteens

Adolescents

Adults

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Unknown (Z99)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Protecting clean water for the benefit of our families and our future in the greater Winyah Bay watershed (aka Lower Pee Dee Basin, Hydrologic Unit Code 030402). Winyah Rivers is an alliance of Riverkeepers protecting fishable, swimmable, drinkable water in our local rivers. Protecting clean water protects our families and our future.

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?

Water Monitoring Program

Engaging community members in water quality monitoring on the Waccamaw in North and South Carolina.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Engaging the community in river cleanups and education/outreach opportunities within the watershed over which we watch.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We are actively involved in efforts to reduce negative water impacts stemming from fossil fuel energy. Specifically we are focused on coal ash and hydraulic fracturing (fracking), cleaning up its water pollution and preventing future pollution.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In North Carolina, we are working with Waterkeeper Alliance and other NC Riverkeepers to implement an unprecedented strategic, state-wide campaign to regulate pollution from multinational and national corporate-controlled swine, poultry and dairy facilities, which are devastating rivers, lakes and estuaries across North Carolina.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Working with our land conservation partners, we are actively engaged in identifying priority lands for conservation for the benefit of clean water and healthy communities, both natural and human.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Civic Group of the Year 2007

South Carolina Litter Control Association

Nonprofit of the Year 2011

Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce

Water Conservationist of the Year 2012

South Carolina Wildlife Federation

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 donations made by board members

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

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our volunteer Board of Directors financially supports our nonprofit, serve on various Board committees, and offer in kind services to support our mission to protect clean water and healthy habitats.

Total revenue earned to support advocacy efforts

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

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Membership contributions, fundraising events and grants provide the necessary funds for our staff and our programs to advocate for fishable, swimmable, drinkable water for our families and our future.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization and include water monitors, river cleanup crews, event planners, etc. We intend to track this metric beginning with 2017 estimates.

Number of public events held to further mission

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

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Mission awareness is bolstered through our public events (e.g., cleanups, water monitoring conferences, fundraisers, speaking engagements), raising our public presence in the communities we serve.

Number of acres of land protected

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

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Protecting Water through Land Conservation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Long involved as a stakeholder in land conservation, we are advancing our mission through direct land ownership and continue our stakeholder relationship with other land conservation entities.

Number of stakeholders/stakeholder groups with whom communication has been achieved and expectations shared

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

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Groups such as water monitoring, polluted runoff prevention, river cleanups, land conservation, source water protection, conservation coalitions, community groups, expand our impact in our watersheds.

Area of land, in hectares, directly controlled by the organization and under sustainable cultivation or sustainable stewardship

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

American Indians, People of African descent, Multiracial people, People of European descent

Related Program

Protecting Water through Land Conservation

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Rocky Point Community Forest is owned by us. We work in partnership with government and NGOs to advance sustainable conservation of its important resources and to increase recreational opportunities.

Number of conservation actions at site(s)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Water Monitoring Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

At least one conservation action has taken place on each of our 7 river watersheds in the greater Winyah Bay watershed, including protection of water quality, wetlands, wetland/upland forests.

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.

To protect clean water and our community's right to fishable, swimmable and drinkable water for our families and our future. To hold polluters accountable. To protect healthy communities, both human and natural.

Advocating for protection of clean water and healthy habitats, both human and natural. Educating the community on current water quality conditions and threats and engaging the community in river protection efforts. Our Strategic Direction is the driving factor for ensuring that our organization's mission is accomplished. We have established an Endowment Fund to ensure the long term sustainability of our organization.

Our staff has the technical expertise to accomplish our goal and strategies and works closely with our partners/collaborators including our community volunteers and partner organizations (both non-governmental and governmental). Our organization hosts the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program (since 2001) and the Lumber RIVERKEEPER® Program (since 2018) and advocates for the protection of clean water and healthy habitats in both of these important watersheds within the greater Winyah Bay watershed. Our members and foundations support us financially and we are currently implementing a strategic direction for long-term sustainability for our next decades so that we can expand our influence throughout the greater Winyah Bay watershed.

Our organization has made great advancements in the knowledge of current water quality conditions of our local rivers, threats and their impacts to their use and enjoyment. Using social media, traditional media and other outreach strategies, our organization is known as the voice of the river and participates in all major decisions regarding the land/water connection within our community. We are proud to host the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program and the Lumber RIVERKEEPER® Program, with advocates dedicated to protecting clean water and healthy habitats in these two important watersheds. We have significant influence on the Black River watershed in SC through our land conservation work there. We have projects on the Pee Dee and Lynches watersheds. However, we need to expand our area of influence to other communities within our greater Winyah Bay watershed, reaching out to new and diverse audiences, gaining new members and partners and collaborating on education and advocacy projects to support our mission of river protection within the watershed over which we watch.

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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

WINYAH RIVERS FOUNDATION, INC.
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

21.41

Average of 18.05 over 8 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

7.5

Average of 8.6 over 8 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

15%

Average of 10% over 8 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

WINYAH RIVERS FOUNDATION, INC.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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WINYAH RIVERS FOUNDATION, INC.

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of WINYAH RIVERS FOUNDATION, INC.’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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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$137,155 $16,970 $42,125 $59,658 $380
As % of expenses -28.5% 4.0% 23.6% 27.6% 0.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$137,191 $16,686 $41,841 $59,409 $380
As % of expenses -28.5% 3.9% 23.4% 27.4% 0.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $421,712 $441,363 $207,935 $325,414 $344,665
Total revenue, % change over prior year -14.9% 4.7% -52.9% 56.5% 5.9%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 1.0% 1.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.3% 1.6% 0.1% 0.3%
Government grants 0.0% 55.0% 65.6% 6.4% 6.7%
All other grants and contributions 99.0% 43.8% 18.6% 93.5% 93.1%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 14.3% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $481,902 $424,394 $178,419 $216,373 $369,860
Total expenses, % change over prior year 168.7% -11.9% -58.0% 21.3% 70.9%
Personnel 25.2% 28.7% 74.9% 80.5% 68.5%
Professional fees 4.6% 4.1% 9.5% 0.6% 2.4%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 1.8% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 68.5% 67.2% 15.5% 18.9% 29.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $481,938 $424,678 $178,703 $216,622 $369,860
One month of savings $40,159 $35,366 $14,868 $18,031 $30,822
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $20,700 $0
Fixed asset additions $93,152 $0 $0 $3,000 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $615,249 $460,044 $193,571 $258,353 $400,682

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.9 3.2 10.6 13.8 7.5
Months of cash and investments 2.9 3.2 10.6 13.8 7.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -67.3 -75.9 -177.6 -143.3 2.6
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $117,915 $113,659 $157,175 $249,459 $230,720
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $2,788,466 $2,788,466 $2,785,466 $2,788,466 $2,788,466
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.4% 0.4% 0.4% 0.4% 0.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.1% 0.2% 0.7% 0.1% 0.4%
Unrestricted net assets $75,197 $91,883 $133,724 $193,133 $2,856,537
Temporarily restricted net assets $39,832 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $2,779,551 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $2,819,383 $2,819,383 $2,806,774 $2,856,157 $167,558
Total net assets $2,894,580 $2,917,655 $2,940,498 $3,049,290 $3,024,095

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No Yes 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

Executive Director

Ms. Debra Buffkin

Debra joined Winyah Rivers as our Executive Director in April 2022. Debra is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies – Environmental Policy and Legal Studies and a Minor in Environmental Studies. She completed an Environmental Studies program and Internship with the Washington Internship Institute in Washington, DC. Debra is a notary public with an extensive background in nonprofit organizations and legal services. comes to Winyah Rivers after a long tenure at charitable institutions, specializing in strategic planning, fundraising, volunteer management, and community development. As a native South Carolinian and local resident, she has long advocated for the protection and monitoring of local watersheds and brings this passion to Winyah Rivers Alliance.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

WINYAH RIVERS FOUNDATION, INC.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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WINYAH RIVERS FOUNDATION, INC.

Board of directors
as of 01/31/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Dan Hitchcock

Ripple Environmental LLC

Term: 2024 - 2024


Board co-chair

Richard Moore

No affiliation

Term: 2024 - 2026

Dan Hitchcock

Clay Swenson

Richard Moore

Michelle Lewis

Tom Badgett

Reggie Daves

Betty Gause

Amy Hill

Dana Shields

David Shane Lowry

April Cain

Matt Varnadore

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/31/2024

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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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/12/2019

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.