Coffee/Lunch Virtual Roundtables

02/24/2021 - 06/15/2021
12:00 PM ET - 1:00 PM ET

Event Info

River Network staff invite you to attend our Coffee/Lunch Virtual Roundtables to connect with other water leaders and discuss the pressing issues we all are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic, in response to racial justice, and beyond.

River Network is continuing the popular Coffee/Lunch Virtual Roundtables through Summer 2020. These online classrooms provide the Network with opportunities to connect, learn from each of our experiences, and provide space for discussions related to topics that are top-of-mind for the network. These sessions will be recorded when appropriate and posted on the River Network website as a resource for anyone on your team.

Upcoming Roundtables

There are no upcoming roundtables at the moment. Check out the recordings and resources below.

Previous Roundtables, Recordings & Resources

Tools for Equitable Climate Resilience: Introduction to Community-Led Research and the NEW Community-Led Research Toolkit (March 8, 2021)

During this roundtable, we shared River Network’s new Community-Led Research Toolkit, heard real-world case studies, and explored the applications to your work. This new toolkit was developed for network members who asked for step-by-step guidance and lessons learned on how to effectively engage with community members to understand climate impacts and to develop climate resilience strategies.

Download the Toolkit!

Watch the recording and download additional resources.


Adapting Fundraisers to Virtual Events (February 24, 2021)

COVID-19 forced many organizations to cancel or transition their annual fundraisers to online events. As you prepare for your own event, take an opportunity to hear from West Michigan Environmental Action Council and Cahaba River Society about their own experiences, their lessons learned, and plans for 2021. Participants are encouraged to submit questions ahead of time so our presentations can make sure to includes responses in their presentations. An opportunity for Q&A will also be provided during the roundtable.

Watch the recording.


Building Online Connectivity Roundtable (January 27, 2021)

Learn about building online connections and a sense of community from experts across the Country. Staff affiliated with Groundwork USA, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Urban Waters Learning Network, and River Network will share how we use our online platforms to build relationships, share knowledge, and expand our reach!

Watch the recording.


Budgets in the time of COVID (October 28, 2020)

Organizations of all sizes faced challenges in 2020 and will likely feel the impacts in 2021 and beyond. In this session, we'll talk about budget approaches to use to develop a base case and scenarios to react as the environment changes.

Watch the recording.


Navigating End of the Year Giving in 2020 (October 21, 2020)

River Network fundraising staff and other professionals in the field as they share advice and best practices for end of year giving to help finish the year strong and propel your organization into 2021.

Watch the recording and explore additional resources.


Advancing Racial Justice (Aug 26, 2020; Nov 18, 2020)

River Network created spaces for conversation, co-learning and action on the issue of racial injustice and anti-Blackness permeating our society and structures. River Network has a demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in our work and recognizes that this must include an express commitment to racial justice. This was an open discussion, and therefore, was not recorded. Check out our compiled Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Justice Resources for Nonprofits, and stay tuned to this page for additional conversations on this topic.


Planning Virtual Meetings and Conferences (Aug 12, 2020)

Connecting people is a key element of how River Network and groups across our Network carry out our missions. And yet, COVID-19 has forced many of us to move our long-planned meetings and conferences to a virtual space. River Network and members of our network are on a steep learning curve to figure out how to plan and host digital events that are inclusive, engaging and impactful. Join River Network staff as we share our experience in planning and hosting Virtual River Rally 2020, a 3-week long virtual conference that attracted over 500 participants, and bring your own insights of what’s worked for you when hosting or participating in similar events.

Watch the recording. Download the meeting notes. Contact Merix Gustin or Carly Schmidt.

Community Organizing Remotely Shared Stories Part II (July 29, 2020)

Calling all organizers! As a follow up to our successful Organizing Remotely Roundtable back in April, River Network is hosting a 2nd Roundtable. We welcome all outreach coordinators, community organizers, and community engagement staff from across our network and the Urban Waters Learning Network.

Join River Network staff and fellow community organizers for a facilitated conversation to share your stories and experiences with the challenges and opportunities of doing community organizing during COVID-19, the uncertainty around what will be open and permitted in the fall, and connect with other organizers facing similar challenges around the country.

Download a summary of the meeting.


Best Practices for Fundraising in a Crisis (Apr 15, 2020)

Join us to hear from Lisa Runkel, River Network Philanthropy Manager, on “5 Fundraising Essentials During COVID-19”. Lisa will briefly share five ways she stays connected with supporters in the midst of this crisis.

Following her brief presentation, we’ll have roundtable discussions to share your how you stay connected with your supporters, as well the challenges you’re facing and how you’re tackling them.

Watch the roundtable and access additional resources. 


Organizing Remotely (Apr 29, 2020)

Calling all organizers! How are you adapting your community outreach, organizing and advocacy during the COVID-19 pandemic? Are there challenges and opportunities you want to discuss with other community organizers?

Join River Network staff and fellow community organizers for a facilitated conversation to share your stories and experiences with the challenges and opportunities of doing community organizing during COVID-19 and connect with other organizers facing similar challenges around the country. We'll also look at resources like this crowdsourced table and Run for Something's resource on supporting candidates.

Explore the resources, takeaways, and other information shared during this discussion.


Cyber-Security During COVID-19 (May 13, 2020)

Did you know that over 90% of cybersecurity attacks begin with a phishing email? At a time when the workforce is transitioning to a virtual workspace, the number of phishing attempts have grown 667%!

Are you feeling overwhelmed as your organization relies more on email communication and virtual collaboration tools while working from home?

Join us as we host Tim Walters, Director of Sales and Operations, and Trevor Pyle, Lead Cybersecurity analyst, for Sabre on Point to learn cybersecurity best practices specific to non-profits and what you can do remotely to ensure your organization is taking the right steps to protect against today’s growing cyber threats.

Watch the recording. Contact Tim Walters and Trevor Pyle.