Resource Library

Welcome to River Network's Resource Library; a growing compilation of manuals, publications, web pages, articles, videos, presentations and more available to you. You can browse through our resources by scrolling through our list of categories, or use the search filter to type in a specific keyword. If you have a resource to share, please contact us!

Title & Source Description
Rivers, Trails, Conservation Assistance from the National Park Service - Urban Waters Leanring Network Webinar - 3-25-2014
NPS/RTCA

Webinar Presentation for the Urban Waters Learning Network, hosted on March 25th, 2014 by River Network and Groundwork USA.

The Many Forms of Community-Based Environmental Education - Urban Waters Learning Network - Feb. 19, 2014 webinar recording

Different languages and cultural nuances make our job of communication more complicated in our ever increasing diverse urban world.

Engaging Minority Audiences - Urban Waters Learning Network - Feb. 19, 2014 webinar recording

Different languages and cultural nuances make our job of communication more complicated in our ever increasing diverse urban world.

Creative Partnerships in Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring - Urban Waters Learning Network - July 25, 2013 webinar recording
Merritt Frey, River Network

A River Network webinar for the Urban Waters Learning Network, covering ideas for using creative partnerships to establish or grow your volunteer water quality monitoring effort.

Targeting Your Grant Efforts Effectively - Urban Waters Learning Network - June 20, 2013 webinar recording
Rick Magder, Groundwork USA Executive Director

Summary: Unless you are really good at getting rich people to support your river work, most urban waters nonprofits in the United States rely on grants from foundations and public agencies

Getting Beyond the Like: Keys to Social Media Engagement - June 20 2013 webinar recording
Andrea Berry, Idealware

Summary: People “like” you, but what is that actually doing to support your organization’s bottom line?

Rural Fundraising: Success Stories for CASA/GAL Programs
Kim Klein, Grassroots Fundraising Journal

This guide is designed to help CASA/GAL organizations in rural communities raise money more effectively and describes successful and easy-to-imitate strategies.

Creating Successful Board-Staff Teams - Nov. 1, 2012 webinar recording
Diana Toledo and Mary Ellen Olcese, River Network Impact Program

Author/Source: Diana Toledo & Mary Ellen Olcese, River Network Mobilization Team

River Voices: What is Organizational Success (2011)
River Network

What is Organizational Success: Getting Bigger, Better, Stronger
River Voices (v21n3) - 2011

Articles Include:

Online Publications
River Network

River Network is now offering free access to all of our online publications, in a convenient eBook format. Please see the list below for all of our current offerings:

Advocacy 101: How to Build Relationships and Get Results with Decision Makers at All Levels of Government
Liz Birnbaum : SEB Strategies, LLC

Effective advocates know that getting their message across to decision-makers requires more than a single letter or meeting; results are based on the development of long-term relationships with dec

Developing a Board Leadership and Succession Plan
River Network

Conducted by the Governance Committee with the help of the Executive Director and the
Board Chair or Executive Committee three to six months before the installation of new Board

Fundraising Plan 1 Year Template
River Network

This "budget" template will assist you in organizing & planning your fundraising needs by funding source.

Charity Lobbying, Session 2 (of 2): Advanced Strategies for 501(h) Electing Charities, Funding Realities & Electioneering Edges
Terry Miller, River Network's Financial Manager

Date Recorded: Thursday, June 23, 2011

Charity Lobbying, Session 1 (of 2): Introduction to Charity Lobbying and the 501(h) Election
Terry Miller, River Network's Financial Manager

Date Recorded: Thursday, June 16, 2011

Base Fundraising Plan

Click here to download a sample Organizational Fund Raising Plan!

Risk Management for Nonprofits - May 18, 2011 Webinar recording
Susan Smith, Senior Account Executive with Beehive Insurance

Date Recorded: May 18, 2011

Paymo: Time Tracking Tool
Jenny Sanders, Executive Director, Little Tennessee Watershed Association

Partners,

Case Studies for the Watershed Support Network: How did capacity building affect individual watershed groups?
River Network, MOB Team

The numbers in our report tell only a part of the story – each river or watershed organization uses capacity-building differently.

Roaring Fork Waterhshed Plan
University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment

Five graduate students from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) have completed their year-long master’s project to help implement the Roaring Fork Waters

Planning Committee: Job Description
River Network: Winter Training 2010 - Track A: Organizational Development - Strategic Planning

The Planning Committee is typically made up of 3-4 Board members who are committed to leading the organization in the development of its Strategic Plan and to ensuring the organization implements t

Pathways
Center for Compatible Economic Development

describes an approach based on the success in Northampton County and other communities.

MOU Regarding Organizational Development Services: For the Chester River Association
Wendy Wilson, River Network

Project Objective: To expand the ability of the Chester River Association to implement its strategic goals through improved board involvement and board/ staff coordination.

Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth: Draft Strategic Planning Process - Scope of Work
Mary Ellen Olcese, River Network, Mid-Atlantic Program Manager

Project Objective: To assist DCPG with the development of a Strategic Plan that identifies what the organization intends to accomplish in the next 3-5 years and how it will direct

Strategic Planning - Session Notes
River Network: Winter Training 2010 - Track A: Organizational Development - Strategic Planning

Check out the notes from Winter Training's Track A - Strategic Planning session!

Keys to Successful Strategic Planning
River Network: Winter Training 2010 - Track A: Organizational Development - Strategic Planning

The following criteria can help an organization assess whether they are ready to undertake a Strategic Planning process that is likely to be successful. Check it out!

Strategic Planning - Terminology
River Network: Winter Training 2010 - Track A: Organizational Development - Strategic Planning

Check out the Strategic Planning terminology!

Why Waste Time Planning? is "Strengthening Your Organization" Really Worth the Effort?
River Network: Winter Training 2010 - Track A: Organizational Development - Strategic Planning

Organizations that invest their board members’ time in planning activities grow faster than groups that do not, and they get more done.

Friends of Allen Creek - Impact Map
Friends of Allen Creek

Check out the Friends of Allen Creek Impact Map!

Working Well Worksheet - Finding Balance: Using Your Personal & Organizational Resources Strategically
Institute for Conservation Leadership

Check out the Working Well Worksheet! Find your own balance of personal and organizational time!

Tales of River Databases: Tracking Constituents in Small and Mid-Sized Organizations
Laura Quinn, Idealware

How are small organizations tracking constituents? What are they struggling with, and what works well?

A Nonprofit’s Introduction to FileMaker Pro
Chris Peters, techsoup

Does your organization maintain several database systems, each built by a different vendor, consultant, or employee? Do these systems communicate poorly with one another, or not at all?

Best Value for Association Membership Databases
Molly Schar

Small association membership management depends on the right membership software. Nonprofits should consider what they need before they buy.

A Consumers Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems
Idealware and NTEN

This detailed, impartial report walks through the features that might be useful, summarizes and compares 33 different donor management systems that cost less than $4250 in the first year, and provi

Creating an Environment for Success: Mergers and Other Partnership Structures for Environmental Nonprofits
Institute for Conservation Leadership

ICL's publication, "Creating an Environment for Success: Mergers and Other Partnership Structures for Environmental Nonprofits," shares four success stories illustrating different forms of partners

Seven Lessons from the Field: Mergers & Western Environmental Organizations
Kimery Wiltshire, Exloco

Exloco, which recently merged with the Carpe Diem Project to be come Carpe Diem West, has been tracking mergers in the western environmental community for the past few years.

Five Myths About Nonprofit Partnerships
Jo DeBolt, La Piana Consulting

Recently, La Piana Consulting analyzed data gleaned from The Collaboration Prize nominations – a process that they managed.

Administrative Collaborations, Consolidations, and MSOs
Bill Coy and Vance Yoshida, La Piana Consulting

This article about strategic restructuring describes three types of nonprofit administrative partnerships-- Administrative Collaborations, Consolidations, and Management Service Organizations--and

Various Resources on Collaborations, Alliances and Mergers
Fieldstone Alliance

Fieldstone Alliance (acquired in 2010 by Turner Publishing) provides user-friendly publications that help nonprofit, community, funders, government, and business leaders improve their communities.

Nonprofit Collaboration Database
The Foundation Center

This unique database provides models and best practices of exceptional nonprofit collaboration efforts drawn from projects presented for consideration for the 2009 Collaboration Prize.