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EIN: 05-0519694


The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council creates positive environmental, social and economic change by revitalizing the Woonasquatucket River, its Greenway and its communities.

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

Ms. Alicia J Lehrer

Main address

45 Eagle Street, Suite 202

Providence, RI 02909 USA

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Subject area info



Rivers and lakes

Community and economic development

Youth organizing

Population served info

Children and youth


Social and economic status

NTEE code info

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Programs and results

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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?

River Rangers

Paid green job program for youth local to the neighborhoods surrounding the Woonasquatucket River, particularly in Providence and Johnston.  River Rangers are trained as Woonasquatucket Greenway leaders, ambassadors and stewards.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Multiracial people
People of Latin American descent
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth

In-school/after school program that uses growing native fish in the classroom as a means to teach about ecology, biology, science and math.  Fish are raised from eggs or fry in the classroom.  Students care for them, watch them grow, learn about their lifecycle, habitat and needs.  At the end of the program, they release the fish into the Woonasquatucket River to help repopulate the river with native fish.

Population(s) Served

The Red Shed is located in Riverside Park in the Olneyville Neighborhood or Providence (one of the most economically challenged neighborhoods in RI).  It provides very low cost bike repairs, sales, rentals and free classes for youth and adults in bike repair and maintenance.  The shop also offers volunteer opportunities where volunteers can earn bike parts by learning and repairing bikes along with the mechanics. The Red Shed helps make it possible for everyone in Olneyville to have access to bikes and prevents bikes from being discarded due to broken parts.

Population(s) Served

The WRWC hosts paddle, hiking and biking trips with its friends and neighbors to share the wonder, beauty and history of the Woonasquatucket River. Join us as we float along different sections of the river, bike through history, and discover wildlife while meandering up the Woony River Greenway!

Population(s) Served

One week day camp for youth ages 8 to 13, provides bike, helmet and lock for every camper to keep, training in basic bike maintenance and repair, safe riding skills, learning to ride, and daily bike rides. In addition, we teach campers how to safely use our bike path and natural resources through an environmental education program

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Champion in Action 2007

Citizens Bank

American Heritage River 2001

United States Government

Affiliations & memberships

Afterschool Alliance 2013

Rhode Island Rivers Council 2001

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 volunteers

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Totals By Year
Related Program

River Rangers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Gallons of water saved over due to the organization's services

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Related Program

River Rangers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Clarification: this is the # of gallons that do not run into the Woonasquatucket River during heavy rainstorms. Plants, soils, & other natural materials protect the river from pollution and flooding.

Number of stakeholders or stakeholder groups who agree to engage

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

River Rangers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council's long term goals are:

Program Goal #1: Connect Greenway space from Cricket Field & beyond through downtown Providence
Program Goal #2: Connect community members to Greenway, Watershed, and each other
Program Goal #3: Care for Greenway parks, spaces, and river health
Program Goal #4: Grow community connection and engagement on climate resilience
Program Goal #5: Improve diversity, access, and inclusion to youth programs and job training

Administrative Goal #1: Expand organization brand to create greater community awareness and evaluate/change organization’s name
Administrative Goal #2: Increase staff capacity to achieve mission
Administrative Goal #3: Increase Board expectations and capacity
Administrative Goal #4: Upgrade physical plant
Administrative Goal #5: Build long-term success for staff retention

Fiscal Goal #1: Diversify organization revenue and create sustainable funding base
Fiscal Goal #2: Secure funding for space that houses all of our functions
Fiscal Goal #3: Maintain funding for programs as established in program goals

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 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • 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 take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, 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?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

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 1.97 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 21% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


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 WOONASQUATUCKET RIVER WATERSHED COUNCIL’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 -$41,023 -$246,115 -$28,891 $390,932 -$302,612
As % of expenses -4.9% -18.8% -2.1% 32.1% -20.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$50,660 -$247,898 -$32,637 $387,078 -$307,061
As % of expenses -6.0% -18.9% -2.4% 31.7% -20.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $716,126 $1,428,401 $1,405,194 $1,483,062 $1,422,821
Total revenue, % change over prior year -24.8% 99.5% -1.6% 5.5% -4.1%
Program services revenue 9.6% 3.0% 1.1% 4.9% 6.5%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income -1.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.5% 0.3%
Government grants 80.4% 94.3% 97.3% 89.4% 96.8%
All other grants and contributions 11.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.8% 0.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 2.7% 1.6% 4.4% -3.6%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $834,997 $1,310,728 $1,380,670 $1,216,608 $1,481,322
Total expenses, % change over prior year -10.4% 57.0% 5.3% -11.9% 21.8%
Personnel 69.5% 63.8% 72.2% 69.4% 69.0%
Professional fees 1.9% 6.0% 6.0% 9.1% 7.7%
Occupancy 2.3% 1.5% 1.5% 2.5% 2.1%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.6% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 26.3% 28.7% 20.1% 18.4% 21.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $844,634 $1,312,511 $1,384,416 $1,220,462 $1,485,771
One month of savings $69,583 $109,227 $115,056 $101,384 $123,444
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $436,542 $7,692
Fixed asset additions $0 $2,486 $9,670 $7,265 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $914,217 $1,424,224 $1,509,142 $1,765,653 $1,616,907

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.7 1.7 6.9 7.4 5.7
Months of cash and investments 1.7 1.7 6.9 7.4 5.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.3 1.9 1.5 5.5 2.0
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $116,464 $187,052 $799,385 $749,445 $706,532
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $166,072 $365,610 $325,823 $330,456 $516,676
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $75,086 $77,572 $87,242 $94,507 $96,915
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 95.0% 94.2% 88.1% 85.4% 87.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 3.1% 24.3% 53.8% 22.4% 33.1%
Unrestricted net assets $234,383 $217,129 $184,492 $571,570 $264,509
Temporarily restricted net assets $65,880 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $230,644 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $296,524 $429,668 $483,083 $554,855 $798,966
Total net assets $530,907 $646,797 $667,575 $1,126,425 $1,063,475

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.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Ms. Alicia J Lehrer

Alicia Lehrer joined the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council as Executive Director in March 2008.  Alicia has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Barnard College of Columbia University and a Master’s degree in Natural Resources Science from the University of Rhode Island with a specialization in Water Quality.  Alicia has worked closely with the RIDOT, the City of Providence, the Town of Johnston and many other community stakeholders to improve and extend the Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket River Greenway and Bike Path, the only off-road bike path in Providence.  Prior to joining WRWC, Alicia served for ten years as the District Manager of the Southern Rhode Island Conservation District (SRICD) office in Wakefield Rhode Island. Alicia has 25+ experience in environmental non-profit management.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 02/14/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Ms. Laureen Ratti


Term: 2020 - 2023

John Flaherty

Grow Smart RI

Christopher Riely

Sweet Birch Consulting

Jennifer Lisi

Locke Lord

Martina Haggerty

Daphne Sarcia


Douglas Stephens

Rhode Island Rivers Council

Jenn Recinos

Rhode Island School of Design

Eric Army


Elder Trejo González

City of Providence Department of Sustainability

Michael Hanley


William Lawrence

Brian Platt

Moses Brown School

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 2/14/2023

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/14/2023

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

  • 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 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 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.


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