River Groups & Resources

River Group Support

Resources to support your key organizational needs. (Photos of Gwyneth giving tech assistance)

Does your organization need information or support on any of the following?

  • Fundraising
  • Strategic Planning
  • Evaluating and Measuring Outcomes and Impact
  • Boards of Directors
  • Communications
  • Volunteers
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Leadership and Management
  • Technology
  • River Science
  • Environmental Education and Outreach
  • Nonprofit Rules and Regulations

Below you will find curated lists of helpful resources to support these key organizational needs. You can also contact us to help you find specific resources or direct you to a consultant that can provide you in-depth assistance.

Multi-Topic Support for River Groups

River Network www.rivernetwork.org. Training, resources, and consulting for river protection organizations.

Institute for Conservation Leadership https://www.icl.org. Training, resources, and consulting for conservation organizations.

Conservation Impact http://conservationimpact-nonprofitimpact.com. Training, resources, and consulting for conservation organizations.

Georgia Center for Nonprofits https://www.gcn.org. Training, resources, consulting, and insurance for nonprofits in Georgia.
University of Georgia Fanning Institute for Leadership Development https://www.fanning.uga.edu/. Training and resources for nonprofits in Georgia.

CompassPoint https://www.compasspoint.org/. Training, resources, and consulting for nonprofits.

The Bridgespan Group https://www.bridgespan.org/. Training, resources, and consulting for nonprofits.

Blue Avocado http://blueavocado.org/. Newsletter and articles on a variety of topics relevant to nonprofits.

Guidestar http://www.guidestar.org. A database of nonprofits operating in the US plus resources for nonprofits.

Boards of Directors

BoardSource https://boardsource.org/. Training and resources for nonprofit Boards of Directors.

BoardnetUSA https://www.boardnetusa.org. Website that matches boards and new leaders and provides resources on topics relevant to nonprofit boards of directors.


Resource Media http://www.resource-media.org/. Consulting, training, and resources to support effective communications about environmental issues.

Water Words That Work http://www.waterwordsthatwork.com. Consulting, training, and resources to support effective outreach and communications about protecting water.

Spitfire Strategies http://www.spitfirestrategies.com/. Consulting, training, and resources to support social change communications and campaigns.

M+R https://www.mrss.com. Training, resources, and consulting to support advocacy and fundraising campaigns.

Cause Communications https://causecommunications.org. Consulting on strategic communications, advocacy, and fundraising.

Goodman Center http://www.thegoodmancenter.com. Training and resources on how to use stories in advocacy, development, recruiting and communications.


Volunteer Match https://www.volunteermatch.org. Service to connect volunteers and nonprofits.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Race Forward https://www.raceforward.org. Training, resources, and newsletters to help people take effective action toward racial equity.

The Avarna Group https://theavarnagroup.com. Training, resources, and consulting to support environmental groups in achieving equity, diversity, and inclusion in their organizations and movements.

Leadership and Management

The Management Center http://www.managementcenter.org. Training and resources to help leaders build and run more effective organizations.

Nonprofit HR https://www.nonprofithr.com/. Consulting and resources for nonprofit human resources (HR) needs.
Ask a Manager http://www.askamanager.org. Answers and advice about leadership, supervision, HR, hiring, and firing employees.


TechSoup https://www.techsoup.org. Consulting and discounted technology and software for nonprofits.

ESRI Nonprofit Organization Program https://www.esri.com/nonprofit. Qualified members of the “Nonprofit Organization Program” receive ArcGIS software at no cost.

River Science

US EPA Watershed Academy https://www.epa.gov/watershedacademy. Self-paced training modules and webcasts from national experts about a range of watershed management topics.

Georgia Adopt-A-Stream https://adoptastream.georgia.gov. Georgia’s Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program.

University of Georgia River Basin Center https://rivercenter.uga.edu. Tools for sustainable management of aquatic resources and ecosystems.

Environmental Education and Outreach

Georgia Project Wet https://projectwet.georgia.gov. Water Education support for K-12 Teachers.

Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia http://www.eealliance.org. Support for Georgia’s environmental educators.

Rivers Alive https://riversalive.georgia.gov. Georgia’s Annual Waterway Cleanup.

Georgia Adopt-A-Stream https://adoptastream.georgia.gov. Volunteer monitoring program.

Rules and Regulations for Charities and Nonprofits

IRS https://www.irs.gov/charities-nonprofits. Information for charities & other nonprofits.

Georgia Secretary of State http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/charities. Rules and regulations for charities in Georgia and online registration.

Alliance for Justice – Bolder Advocacy https://www.afj.org/our-work/issues/bolder-advocacy. Training and resources to help organizations fully understand the rules for participating in advocacy and elections and become assertive in their right to pursue their policy goals.


The Chronicle of Philanthropy https://www.philanthropy.com. Fundraising training, resources, and publications for nonprofits.

Foundation Center http://foundationcenter.org. Tools for researching foundations and grantmakers and fundraising training and resources for nonprofits.

Philanthropy News Digest http://philanthropynewsdigest.org. News and resources about foundations and grantmakers, including current Request for Proposals.

GrantStation https://www.grantstation.com. Fundraising training, research tools, resources, and news about foundations and grantmakers, including current Request for Proposals.

GrantSpace http://grantspace.org. Online fundraising tools and resources for nonprofits.

Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training http://www.grassrootsfundraising.org. Fundraising training and resources.

Network for Good https://www.networkforgood.com. Fundraising training, resources, and technology.

Georgia Gives Day https://www.gagives.org/c/GGD. An opportunity for all Georgia nonprofits to increase funds, gain new supporters, and raise awareness through a 24-hour statewide day of giving.

Giving Tuesday https://www.givingtuesday.org. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.), and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to kick off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia’s grants database http://eeingeorgia.org/core/item/topic.aspx?s=

Grant opportunities for river groups in Georgia

American Honda Foundation
Types of projects funded: Youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy.

Ben and Jerry’s Foundation
Types of projects funded: Programs that advance social and environmental justice and sustainable and just food systems and are carried out by grassroots, constituent-led organizations that are using community-organizing and base-building strategies to accomplish their goals.

Boat U.S. Foundation
Types of projects funded: projects that promote safe and/or clean boating.

Bright Wings Foundation
Types of projects funded: youth and nature projects in North Georgia with a particular emphasis in Atlanta, Georgia.

Captain Planet Foundation
Types of projects funded: high-quality, solution-based programs that embrace STEM learning and empower youth to become local and global environmental change-makers.

Clif Bar Family Foundation
Types of projects funded: Projects that protect Earth’s beauty and bounty; create a robust, healthy food system; increase opportunities for outdoor activity; reduce environmental health hazards; build stronger communities.

Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action Grants Program
Types of projects funded: “Innovation and Partnerships for Green Growth” to advance environmentally- responsible economic development while decreasing pressure on natural resources and promoting more sustainable patterns of production and consumption.

Common Counsel Foundation
Types of projects funded: Equity and environmental health.

Conservation Alliance
Types of projects funded: Projects to secure lasting and quantifiable protection of a specific wild land or waterway or preserve and defend the integrity of our public lands system and defend against attempts by Congress to undermine our public lands and the laws that support them.

Corcoran Education Grant
Types of projects funded: Projects to Educate the Public about Native Fishes.

Cox Conserves
Types of projects funded: Projects to preserve the environment for future generations.

Dobbs Foundation
Types of Projects Funded: Projects to conserve the Georgia coast and the longleaf pine ecosystem.

FishAmerica Foundation
Types of projects funded: Projects that enhance fish populations, restore fishery habitats, improve water quality and advance fishery research to improve sportfishing opportunities and help ensure recreational fishing’s future.

Fund for Southern Communities
Types of projects funded: Seed grants to small organizations with a total organizational budget of $150,000 or less to address social change and protect the environment.

Fund for Wild Nature
Types of projects funded: Campaigns run by organizations with budgets less than $250,000 to save native species and wild ecosystems, with emphasis on actions designed to defend threatened wilderness and biological diversity.

Georgia’s Community Foundations:
Athens Area Community Foundation http://athensareacf.org
Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation http://www.coastalgeorgiafoundation.org
Community Foundation of Central Georgia http://www.cfcga.org
Community Foundation for Central Savannah River Area http://www.cfcsra.org
Community Foundations of the Chattahoochee Valley http://www.cfcv.com
Cobb Community Foundation http://www.cobbfoundation.org
Coweta Community Foundation https://www.cowetafoundation.org
Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta http://www.cfgreateratlanta.org
North Georgia Community Foundation https://www.ngcf.org
Community Foundation of Northeast Georgia https://www.cfneg.org
Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia http://www.communityfoundationnwga.org
Community Foundation of South Georgia http://www.cfsga.net
The Savannah Community Foundation http://www.savfoundation.org
Community Foundation of West Georgia http://www.cfwg.net

Georgia Power
Types of projects funded: Programs that improve air and water quality, preserve natural resources and protect endangered species.

Georgia-Pacific Foundation
Types of projects funded: Initiatives that contribute to a long term, positive impact on the environment, such as resource conservation, clean air, clean water, environmental education, and recycling.

Impact Fund
Types of projects funded: grants to legal services nonprofits, private attorneys, and/or small law firms who seek to advance justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, and/or poverty law.

Ittleson Foundation
Types of projects funded: projects that support the present generation of environmental activists, whether professionals or volunteers through education, training and other activities; educating and engaging the next generation of environmentalists with a special interest in supporting the training of those who are teaching that generation; strengthening the infrastructure of the environmental movement with a particular focus on efforts at the grassroots and statewide levels; and activating new constituencies, particularly those focused on environmental equity issues.

KEEN Effect Grant Program
Types of projects funded: Projects to grow the next generation of environmental stewards.

KEEN Seachange Grants Program
Types of projects funded: Projects to improve the resilience of coastal ecosystems to help both the community and coastal ecosystem adapt to emerging threats, including ecosystem collapse, climate change, rising sea levels, ocean pollution, ocean acidification, overfishing, and natural disasters.

M.K. Pentecost Ecology Fund
Types of projects funded: Conservation efforts, education, and studies in key environmental issues of endangered ecosystems and ecological projects.

Merck Family Fund
Types of projects funded: Projects that advocate for and secure public financial resources and commitments to land protection; demonstrate community engagement and certified sustainable management of land particularly concerning forestry and farming; and provide leadership to existing and emerging coalitions that build a multi-stakeholder voice.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
Types of projects funded: NFWF administers numerous grant programs that can be accessed through their website.

National Oceanic Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Fisheries Grants

National Oceanic Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Education Grants
Types of projects funded: NOAA administers numerous grant programs that can be accessed through these websites.

Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
Types of projects funded: Advocacy for public policies that prevent and reduce toxic pollution and environmental degradation in low-income communities and communities of color and demand accountability from public agencies and officials and increased responsiveness to environmental justice concerns; economic revitalization and environmental sustainability in communities suffering from environmental damage and the lack of economic opportunity; holding corporations accountable for their impact on the environment.

Outdoor Foundation
Types of projects funded: The Outdoor Foundation administers several corporate grant programs aimed at supporting outdoor recreation including The North Face Explore Fund, Keen Effect, Parks4Kids, Bogs 2% To Outdoor Education, The Paddle Nation Project, Prana Explorer Grant, and National Parks Service Challenge Cost Share Program.

Types of projects funded: Projects that address the root causes of the environmental crisis and protect both the environment and affected communities.

Project Learning Tree Greenworks Grants
Types of projects funded: Environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world.

Ray C. Anderson Foundation
Types of projects funded: The Ray C. Anderson Foundation accepts grant applications by invitation only.

Types of projects funded: initiatives that support the sustainable management and protection of water.

REI Foundation
Types of projects funded: The REI Foundation researches and invites grant proposals connected to its mission; it does not accept unsolicited proposals.

Sapelo Foundation
Types of projects funded: Active participation in the Georgia Water Coalition’s strategic campaigns addressing water resource management and policy in Georgia.

Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund
Types of projects funded: Projects that implement local sustainability solutions in the following areas: mitigating and/ or adapting to climate change through sustainable energy and/or water initiatives; fostering equity and inclusiveness; leveraging community partnerships; strengthening local government commitment; demonstrating scalable solutions; and demonstrating innovation.

Surdna Foundation
Types of projects funded: Urban Water Management to capture storm water and slowly release it into the existing network of drains, pipes and sewers, or reuse it where it falls to cultivate natural green spaces.

Sweetgrass Foundation
Types of projects funded: Protection of pristine wilderness areas and work that supports young people in gaining respect for the earth.

Temper of the Times Foundation
Types of projects funded: Production of print, radio, or television ads; advertising space or airtime; or production and distribution of pamphlets, books, videos, or press packets to support wildland ecosystem conservation and restoration in the United States.

Turner Foundation
Types of projects funded: By invitation only, the Foundation supports conserving land to protect and restore wildlife diversity; catalyzing the transition to a clean energy future; and protecting and restoring water resources for people and nature.

US Department of Agriculture Solid Waste Management Grant Program
Types of Projects Funded: Projects to evaluate current landfill conditions to identify threats to water resources.

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Grants
Types of Projects Funded: EPA has numerous grant programs that can be researched from this portal.

Waste Management Charitable Giving Program
Types of projects funded: Conserving and maintaining wetlands, wildlife habitats and green spaces for people’s enjoyment and environmental education programs targeted at middle and high school students.

WestRock Foundation
Types of projects funded: Environmental education programs and outdoor learning centers.

Woodruff Foundation
Types of projects funded: Preservation of natural areas, public parks and greenspaces in Atlanta, and environmental education focused on Georgia’s natural resources.

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