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News Stream
November 2011
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Georgia River Network News Stream
November 2011

1.    Georgia Water Coalition’s Dirty Dozen Report
2.    Paddle 12 Rivers in 2012
    Welcome Davin Welter, GRN's New Development Director!
4.    EPA Launches New Website to Protect Wetlands
5.    SELC 17th Annual Nature Writing Contest
6.    Vote Smart Widget

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
7.    Save the Date: GRN’s Weekend for Rivers
8.    Water Matters Legislative Forum

9.    Call for Submissions: Student Film Competition at the Chattahoochee Nature Center
10.    Satilla Celebration
11.    UGA Nonprofit Board Member Seminar
12.    Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference

Nonprofit Resources
13.    FAQ:  Websites
14.    Evaluating the Executive Director
15.    Creating Accounting Procedures

Fundraising Deadlines
16.    Grant Opportunities

1.    Georgia Water Coalition’s Dirty Dozen Report
The Georgia Water Coalition (GWC) recently named its “Dirty Dozen” for 2011, exposing the worst offenses to Georgia’s water.  Read the report and learn more about the Dirty Dozen online.

Georgia River Network is a partner in the GWC, which is a consortium of more than 180 conservation and environmental organizations, hunting and fishing groups, businesses, and faith-based organizations representing more than 300,000 Georgians.

The GWC’s “Dirty Dozen” highlights the worst offenses to Georgia’s water—offenses that are the consequences of an under-funded state environmental agency and a lack of political will to aggressively enforce laws that protect our water, land, air and people. The GWC publishes this list as a call to action for our state’s leaders and its citizens to come together to correct the pollution problems and threats to our water.

2.    Paddle 12 Rivers in 2012!
Georgia River Network is excited to announce a program that will promote the use of the Georgia Water Trails Website as well as your local events and water trails.  "Paddle 12 Rivers in 2012" will encourage people to paddle on 12 different rivers next year and use the water trails website to find trails in Georgia, plan their own adventure, and join organized events and trips.  Please send us your 2012 trip dates as they become available. We also hope you will promote this program to your members.  The 12 in 2012 website can be found HERE.

Welcome Davin Welter, GRN's New Development Director!
A native of Augusta, Georgia, Davin is a graduate of Furman University.  Following graduation, he worked for the United States Supreme Court and for Senator Sam Nunn (D-GA) in his Washington, DC office.  Davin has worked in higher education fundraising for the Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Southern University, Furman University, and the University of Georgia.  He was the Station Manager of WUGA, 91.7 and 97.9 FM in Athens, GA for several years.
Davin was a member of the 2006 class of Leadership Georgia and of the 2000 class of Leadership Athens.  Currently, he serves as the Treasurer of the Oconee River Land Trust and as a deacon at Milledge Avenue Baptist Church.  Davin has served as the President of the Foundation for Excellence in Public Education in Clarke County and of the Kiwanis Club of Athens and was on the board of Georgia Options in Community Living and the Furman University Alumni Association Board of Directors.
He has received certification for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and for the
State of Georgia Real Estate License. Davin participated in a Rotary Group Study Exchange Program to Switzerland and has traveled to Haiti with Bethlehem Ministries. 
In his spare time, Davin enjoys canoeing, kayaking, reading, hiking, playing cards, and politics.

4. EPA Launches New Website to Protect Wetlands
A river without wetlands is like a cake without frosting. It exists, but most of the best parts are missing. So, kudos to EPA’s New York-New Jersey regional office for making it “a piece of cake” for ordinary citizens to help protect wetlands. Their website now includes an online form that makes it as simple as a matter of a few clicks to report suspected damage to wetlands. You can read more about it HERE.

5.    SELC 17th Annual Nature Writing Contest
The Southern Environmental Law Center is now accepting submissions for the annual Phillip D. Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment.  The award seeks to enhance public awareness of the value and vulnerability of the region’s natural heritage by giving special recognition to writers who most effectively tell the stories about the South’s environment. SELC’s annual Reed Environmental Writing Award has two categories: Book, for non-fiction books (not self-published), and Journalism, for newspaper, magazine, and online writing that is published by a recognized institution (e.g., newspaper, university or non-profit organization) and is journalistic in nature.  Prizes of $1,000 are awarded to the winner in each category.

All submissions must have been published during calendar year 2011, and must be received by January 13, 2012. Click HERE for more information.

6.    Vote Smart Widget
This widget can be embedded into websites as a tool for people to quickly identify and contact their elected officials.  The tool spits the info right out for you on the page and doesn't make your visitors leave and go to another website.

7.    Save the Date: Weekend for Rivers
Join Georgia River Network on March 31-April 1, 2012 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, Georgia for Weekend for Rivers, GRN’s Annual Conference and River Celebration event that gives us all a chance to celebrate Georgia’s unique, beautiful rivers through storytelling, partying and paddling!
Join us March 31st for a day of inspiration, education and connections with folks who are as passionate about Georgia’s rivers as you are! The day will include river-lovers of all kinds expressing their passion for rivers with short, inspiring presentations and interactive forums that will paint a broad picture of the state of Georgia’s rivers and the people who protect, enjoy,  and honor them. We not only want you to attend – we want you to participate! Look for a call for proposals later this month – this is your opportunity to share how you protect, enjoy or honor our waterways – and express it the way you want – with a speech, photography, poetry, music, art, however you want – the only rule: no boring Power Points!

In the evening, we’ll have a ton of fun at our annual River Celebration Party and then we’ll camp at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, Paddle Georgia-style, wake up the next morning and paddle a 9-mile stretch of the beautiful Chattahoochee River!  The perfect way to experience what people love about the popular, annual week-long Paddle Georgia event .  The experience will be as close to the real thing as possible (right down to the bus shuttles, the gym camping and the Satterfield’s catering) for the uninitiated as well as for all you Paddle Georgia fanatics who regularly plead with us to plan more than one event each year. Thanks go to Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, who lead popular trips and events on the ‘Hooch all the time, in supporting us on the paddle.

So put Weekend for Rivers on your calendar and look for registration to open mid-January, 2012!

Water Matters Legislative Forum
Date: Thursday, Dec. 1
Time: 6:30 PM
Where: Leroy Rogers Center in Tifton, GA  
Description: This forum will include presentations on current issues presently being considered by the Georgia Legislature and the US Congress related to water issues.  There will also be opportunities for elected officials who attend to make brief statements about their positions on the issues and field questions from those in attendance.  The aim of this Forum is to inform participants about legislative issues and enable intelligent expression of opinions to elected officials.  Pre-register at or 388-8770 –  and plan to attend!

9. Call for Submissions: Student Film Competition at the Chattahoochee Nature Center
The Chattahoochee Nature Center is hosting its 2nd Annual Student Film Competition. This year’s theme is Projections into the Future: What is your take on the future of water in metro Atlanta and beyond? Winning films receive CASH prizes! The competition is open to all high school students and entries are due January 27, 2012. More information, including rules and entry forms can be found on the CNC website.

10.    Satilla Celebration
Date: Saturday, November 19
Time: 4pm – 7pm
Description: On the River in Camden County near Burnt Fort featuring delicious barbeque, roasted local oysters and BEER! Call (912)510-9500 or email for more information.

11.    UGA Nonprofit Board Member Seminar
When: Wed, November 30, 8:30am – 4:00pm
Where: Tate Center, UGA Campus, Athens, GA (map)
Description: From the Nonprofit Program in the Terry College of Business, University of Georgia: These popular seminars, which are available without charge to nonprofit board members, are held from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Tate Center on the UGA campus, and this semester will cover the following topics: Responsibilities of Board Members and Boards; Strategic Planning; Fund Raising; and Governance Q & A. Boards may send up to four members at one time. Each person must register online; they don't just "hold" seats for your organization. Each class session is limited to 25-30 persons to maximize effectiveness. There is no fee for the seminar; however, participants will be responsible for their own parking, lunch and breaks. Several convenient cafeterias/snackbars are located in the Tate Center or you may bring your own lunch and snacks. At the conclusion of the seminar, you will be presented with a Certificate (if you attend all sessions) and a drawing for door prizes will be available as the day concludes. Sessions will be over by 3:45 p.m. Register online HERE.

12.    Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference
From manufacturing wind turbines, to retrofitting commercial buildings and weatherizing homes, to producing cleaner, safer chemicals, the green economy is emerging in cities and towns across the country.  Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference is the nation’s leading forum for sharing ideas and strategies to build a green economy and create good, green jobs.
Date: February 23-24, 2012
Cost:  $195.
Register HERE.

13.    FAQ: Website
Each month, Jesslyn Shields, Georgia River Network’s Watershed Support Coordinator, answers a question she gets asked a lot by river group staff and boards. Here’s this month’s question:

Question: I’m on the board of a small watershed group and recently our board has decided that we need to create a website to keep our members updated on what’s going on.  The problem is, we don’t really have much money.  What’s the most affordable way to create an online presence?

Click HERE to read Jesslyn’s answer.

14.    Evaluating the Executive Director
Click HERE to read the article.

15.    Creating Accounting Procedures
Click HERE to read the article.

16.    Fundraising Deadlines
The following foundations are either new to our list of grants or have upcoming deadlines to submit proposals. To view grant makers that give throughout the year, visit the grants page of our website HERE.
•    AEC Trust Technical Grants are made to charitable organizations seeking technical assistance. Click here for more details. Deadlines: April 1 and September 1.
•    AGL Resources support environmental stewardship projects such as clean air, conservation, & green space. Unsolicited grants are welcome but are rarely approved. Deadline: Quarterly. Click HERE for more details.
•    Ben and Jerry's Foundation provides grants ranging from $1,000 - $15,000 for grassroots organizing that leads to environmental change and addresses the root causes of environmental problems. Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time and are reviewed three times a year. Click here for more information.

•   The Nonprofit Boating Safety Program provides support for initiatives designed to help reduce recreational boating deaths, injuries, or property damage. Proposed initiatives should focus on partnerships, including the following: exploring other sources, linkages, in-kind contributions, cost sharing, and partnering with other organizations or corporations. The application deadline is January 27, 2012. Click here for more information.
•   The mission of the Educational Foundation of America is to improve individual lives and their surroundings through education and awareness, in hopes of bettering humanity and the world we inhabit. The Foundation’s areas of interest include the environment, reproductive freedom, theatre, drug policy reform, democracy, peace and national security issues, education, medicine, and human services. Letters of inquiry may be submitted by email at any time. Visit
•    Environmental Protection Agency: Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program EPA annually awards grants and cooperative agreements under the Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) Grant Program to support pollution prevention/source reduction and/or resource conservation projects that reduce or eliminate pollution at the source. The grant program does not support projects that rely on reducing pollution by using recycling, treatment, disposal or energy recovery activities. This solicitation announces that EPA’s Regional Pollution Prevention (P2) Program Offices anticipate having up to $130,000, per region, to issue SRA awards in FY 2010. EPA will issue the awards in the form of grants and/or cooperative agreements. All funding will be awarded and managed by the EPA Regional P2 Program Offices. All of the forgoing estimates are subject to the availability of Congressional appropriations. Click HERE for more information.
•    The Home Depot Foundation makes grants to 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charities for several purposes including community cleanup. Grants typically range from $10,000 to $50,000. Preference is given to proposals that encourage volunteerism and community engagement that result in the restoration or conservation of community and wildland forests for a healthier environment that address one or both of the following: restore urban or rural forests for environmental and economic benefit using community volunteers in planting and maintenance efforts, promote sustainable forestry management to ensure responsible harvesting and use of wood resources. Proposals are accepted throughout the year, and grants are awarded four times a year. Visit
•    The Impact Fund awards grants to non-profit legal firms, private attorneys and/or small law firms who seek to advance social justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice and/or poverty law. They seek to provide funding for public interest litigation that will potentially benefit a large number of people, lead to significant law reform, or raise public consciousness. The Impact Fund has awarded over $4 million in general and donor-advised grants, since its inception. The Impact Funds awards grants four times per year, with the average grant size being $10,000 - $15,000. The maximum grant amount awarded to any single applicant per year is $25,000. Pre-applications reviewed 4 times a year. Click HERE for more information.
•    Ittleson Foundation supports innovative pilot, model and demonstration projects that will help move individuals, communities, and organizations from environmental awareness to environmental activism by changing attitudes and behaviors. Initial letters of inquiry due by April 1st or September 1st. Click HERE for more information.
•    L.L. Bean and the American Canoe Association have teamed up to sponsor the Club Fostered Stewardship Program, which provides grants for projects that protect, maintain or restore recreational waterways, provide for or improve public access, or enhance safe navigation. Eligible projects include: Cleaning up waterways, Clearing in-stream safety hazards, Maintaining access areas, Erecting signs and controlling erosion, Establishing and maintaining paddle trails, Acquiring threatened access points, Provide sanitary facilities.  Grants range from $100-$1000.  Click here for more information visit.
•    Mead Westvaco Foundation's primary focus is to enhance the quality of life in communities where MeadWestvaco has major operations and where MeadWestvaco employees and their families live and work. This includes providing direct grant support and encouraging active management and employee leadership involvement and volunteerism. Priorities for contributions in small and/or rural communities, where there are fewer sources of contributions, often address a broad range of needs. Support for urban communities is generally more targeted. Additionally, the Foundation seeks to provide leadership for advancing research, education and public dialogue on public policy issues of special interest, such as the economy, regulation and environmental stewardship. Proposals for grants are accepted throughout the year. Grants range from $250 to $10,000. Click here for more information.
• The mission of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is to sustain, restore, and enhance the nation’s fish, wildlife, plants, and habitats. Through the Keystone Initiatives Grants Program, the Foundation awards matching grants in the categories of bird conservation, fish conservation, marine and coastal conservation, and wildlife and habitat conservation. Prospective applicants should contact the targeted category’s Keystone Director to discuss project ideas prior to submitting requests in order to help ensure the relevance of funding requests. The upcoming preproposal deadline is September 1, 2011; full proposals are due November 1, 2011. Visit the Foundation’s website HERE.
•   Norcross Wildlife Foundation provides funding for equipment and publications. Grants range from $1,000 - $5,000. Visit
•    The Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation promotes a sustainable and just social and natural system by supporting grassroots organizations and movements committed to this goal. The Foundation provides support to organizations nationwide in the following funding categories: Protecting the Health and Environment of Communities Threatened by Toxics; Advancing Environmental Justice; Promoting a Sustainable Agricultural and Food System; and Ensuring Quality Reproductive Health Care as a Human Right. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Visit
•    Techsoup - Discounted Computer Software Click on this website to purchase computer software at great prices. Must be 501c3.

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