River Rally

Hosted annually by River Network, River Rally provides an inspiring and energy-infused touchpoint for nonprofit groups from across the U.S. and beyond, as well as for agency and foundation representatives, industry innovators, philanthropists, academics, students, and community leaders. We bring thought leaders and practitioners together to accelerate progress towards an equitable and sustainable water future.

In 2021, we’re going virtual for the second time! Our first Virtual River Rally included over 100 hours of content across six themes and brought together over 500 registrants, presenters, sponsors, and other partners. At River Rally 2021, we look forward to practical content contributed from across the country, another incredible awards panel, mentorship opportunities, and peer-to-peer engagement on the issues that matter most to you in May.

Read more on Virtual River Rally 2021 on the River Network blog.


Registration is open! Apply for a scholarship or self-nominate for the Emerging Leader award within registration. Register


Explore the River Rally 2021 program, including workshops, plenary topics, and important dates. See the program


Corporations, local businesses, and foundations are invited to join us as a River Rally sponsor.
Explore sponsorship

River Rally 2019 attendees. Photo by Benjamin Colon.
Thanks to generous supporters, we can provide support to water leaders around the US each year! Apply through registration starting January 11

Important Dates

March 12, 2021 – Scholarship and Emerging Leader applications due.

March 31, 2021 – Online platform opens to registrants.

May 17–20, 2021 – River Rally 2021, see you online!

See What Rally’s Like!

Curious about Rally? Approximately half of River Rally registrants each year are attending for the first time. We provide a welcoming space for newcomers to get to know our network and eagerly greet those who have attended before as old friends. To learn more about the Rally experience, click here and see what you’ve been missing!

“At this time, it is so difficult to feel connected to your colleagues and to your community. [River Rally] offered opportunities not just to learn, but to connect with people, acknowledge the crises impacting our society, and think through ways to incorporate these needs into our work.”

-Anna Killius, James River Association, Virtual River Rally 2020 participant

Thank you to our 2020 River Rally sponsors and supporters!