New River Conservancy

Protecting the waters, woodlands and wildlife of the New River Watershed

West Jefferson, NC   |
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New River Conservancy

EIN: 58-1949660


To protect the water woodlands and wildlife of the New River Watershed.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Elizabeth Underwood

Main address

PO Box 1480

West Jefferson, NC 28694 USA

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Subject area info

Rivers and lakes

Water resources

Population served info

Children and youth




NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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We are protecting and preserving our river and watershed for decades to come. 10,000 acres of land, 60 miles of shoreline and counting. Every acre we can secure. Every mile we can protect. When it comes to preserving our irreplaceable natural resources, the New River Conservancy is a committed and collaborative advocate for conservation. Addressing eroded riverbanks and ridding the New River of threats to water quality is meaningful, hands-on work the kind of work that makes a tremendous difference for the river we all love. In order to effectively protect and repair, we must first understand. Our research allows us to do that. The New River Conservancy belongs to a consortium of government entities that share information. We access an outstanding body of volunteers and thought partners while they leverage our data in their work to protect the environment, earning grants to support the collective effort.

Our programs

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

Riverbuilder Program

New River Conservancy makes site visits to assess the streambank, consult with the landowner about available restoration options, and follow up to ensure the landowner has the information necessary to move forward.

Riparian Buffer Restoration
If the site is determined to be a good candidate for the River Builder program.
The land owner is placed on a list for the next planting season after they sign an agreement with New River Conservancy promising not to disturb the planted material.

River Builder will supplement the cost to restore the riparian buffer with native plant material.
The landowner is responsible for the remaining cost of the project.

Educational Workshops
River Builder now offers Riparian Restoration Workshops to educate the public on
watershed topics and restoration techniques.

Workshops begin with classroom time to discuss hydrology and restoration techniques and answer questions.

All counties along New River are served.

Population(s) Served

Each year tons of trash is dumped into the New River and its tributaries and carried for miles, eventually reaching the ocean. To keep our waterways healthy, we believe in getting dirty for clean water. Since 2001, weve had over 7,000 volunteers help clean over 1000 river miles of the New River throughout the entire watershed.

Population(s) Served

The New River Clean Water Alliance is a coalition of like-minded organizations, government agencies, nonprofits and watershed groups dedicated to protecting water quality in the New River Gorge. Our goal? Improving water quality in the Lower New River and its tributaries to sustain the rivers environmental, cultural, recreational, and economic benefits. We work with local communities to identify the issues, incorporate community input, focus priorities, and set the stage for improving water quality in the Lower New River Gorge Region.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Non-adult children
Children and youth
Non-adult children

The NRC team works with landowners like you to sell or donate property with the goal of creating a permanent sustainable management plan or conservation easement a deeply impactful way to preserve land for centuries. Through programs like these, the New River Conservancy has been able to protect nearly 10,000 acres of land and more than 60 miles of river, including adding nearly 1700 acres to our beloved New River State Park. Help us grow the protected land that surrounds the New River, a powerful way to show your dedication for the river that gives so much to us.

Population(s) Served
Widows and widowers
Retired people

Where we work

Our results

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

Number of individuals applying skills learned through the organization's training

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

New River Water Watchers (NRWW) relies on volunteers who are trained and re-certified annually to observe, collect, and report water quality data.

Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

The staff, board of directors, and volunteers of the New River Conservancy are dedicated to protecting the waters, woodlands, and wildlife of the New River Watershed.

The New River winds its way through three states and countless communities who have depended on its bounty for generations. We are here to protect it and to ensure that the waters that feed it are clean; that the land supports vibrant plants and animals; and that the communities that rely on it are passionate and empowered advocates for a healthy New River.

With over 6,900 square miles of watershed in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia, the health of the River depends on coordinated efforts across geographical and state boundaries. NRC will improve our Protect and Restore goals by creating and maintaining an active and local staff presence in all three states. These staff will become experts in local issues, develop relationships with supporting organizations, and lead the focus areas below to further the NRC mission. Along with local staff, NRC will develop and implement a robust Partner Organization Program to leverage and coordinate efforts to protect and improve the value and opportunities of the New River for recreational and commercial users.


New River Conservancy
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2023 New River Conservancy Audit 2021 New River Conservancy 990
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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


Average of 11.61 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 11% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

New River Conservancy

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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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 New River Conservancy’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 -$91,054 $550,132 -$394,799 $66,010 $1,086,023
As % of expenses -4.0% 97.0% -32.9% 7.1% 194.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$91,821 $549,628 -$395,036 $65,897 $1,086,023
As % of expenses -4.0% 96.8% -32.9% 7.1% 194.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,374,986 $1,058,337 $771,097 $895,628 $1,738,562
Total revenue, % change over prior year 132.0% -55.4% -27.1% 16.1% 94.1%
Program services revenue 0.3% 5.9% 25.9% 16.8% 4.8%
Membership dues 2.1% 4.5% 5.6% 7.4% 2.2%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Government grants 0.0% 20.4% 48.4% 56.7% 12.4%
All other grants and contributions 97.6% 69.1% 19.6% 18.6% 80.2%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.1% 0.5% 0.4% 0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,302,647 $567,270 $1,199,506 $927,202 $559,118
Total expenses, % change over prior year 162.2% -75.4% 111.5% -22.7% -39.7%
Personnel 10.4% 36.5% 16.6% 22.8% 44.8%
Professional fees 4.0% 2.0% 1.4% 2.4% 0.0%
Occupancy 0.7% 2.8% 1.3% 1.3% 1.9%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 85.0% 58.7% 80.7% 73.4% 53.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,303,414 $567,774 $1,199,743 $927,315 $559,118
One month of savings $191,887 $47,273 $99,959 $77,267 $46,593
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $25,000
Fixed asset additions $0 $530,000 $0 $0 $1,053,339
Total full costs (estimated) $2,495,301 $1,145,047 $1,299,702 $1,004,582 $1,684,050

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.2 13.1 7.6 11.2 17.4
Months of cash and investments 3.2 13.1 7.6 11.2 17.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.0 0.4 1.5 6.3 11.1
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $617,237 $621,450 $758,301 $868,371 $811,532
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $247,241 $39,353 $36,350 $59,698 $47,232
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $63,520 $593,520 $63,520 $63,520 $1,116,859
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 98.7% 10.6% 99.8% 100.0% 5.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 25.8% 2.9% 6.4% 20.7% 1.3%
Unrestricted net assets -$1,192 $548,436 $153,400 $483,351 $1,569,374
Temporarily restricted net assets $643,081 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 $643,081 $608,652 $590,828 $252,703 $317,043
Total net assets $641,889 $1,157,088 $744,228 $736,054 $1,886,417

Key data checks

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


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

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Elizabeth Underwood

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

New River Conservancy

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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New River Conservancy

Board of directors
as of 01/22/2024
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Board chair

Catherine Cotrupi, Ph.D.

Zach Armentrout

Jennifer Baker

Saul Chase

Rick Ehrhart

Charlee Fox

Mike Horn

Carrie McClain

Mike O'Connor

Jessica Rothe

Melanie Seiler

Jeff Thompson

Laura Walters

Matt Wender

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


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