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News Stream
  May 2010
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Georgia River Network News Stream
May, 2010

1. Legislative Session Water Round-Up
2. GRN now accepting applications for Turner Regrants
3. Help Clean Up the Gulf!

Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items
4. Governor’s Candidate Forum on Water
5. Savannah Area Clean Water Act Information Sessions
6. Georgia Center for Nonprofits’ Nonprofit University
7. ICL’s Leading from Within
8. Tickets available for Paddle Georgia’s Rivers End Feast
9. Sign up for GRN’s Water Trails Newsletter

Group Spotlight
10. Satilla Riverkeeper Celebrates a Cleaner Satilla!

11. Legalities of Nonprofit Interns
12. Board Term Limits. How long is too long?
13. Winning the War with Power Point

Fundraising Deadlines
14. Grants 

1. Legislative Session Water Round-Up
The 2010 Legislative Session, the longest in modern times, ended at midnight Thursday, April 29. The session saw successes on a number of our priorities and a few setbacks to the clean water protections we fight to protect. Click here to read a round-up of the 2010 Legislative Session.

GRN now accepting applications for Turner Re-grants
Thanks to funding from the Turner Foundation, Georgia River Network is pleased to offer the 2010 round of grants for watershed work by grassroots river groups in Georgia that address water efficiency needs or water quality degradation from non-point source pollution.  For information and an application, visit  

3. Help Clean Up the Gulf!
On Tuesday, April 20, BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded 52 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana, in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers. Since the explosion, the rig has hemorrhaged hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of barrels of oil, endangering wildlife and human health across the Gulf coast.  Help the Waterkeepers on the Gulf to react to this disaster. Go to to find out how you can help.

4. Governor’s Candidate Forum on Water
Join Paddle Georgia participants on June 24 at 7:00 pm for the Georgia Water Coalition/Paddle Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Forum at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion in Columbia County near Augusta, during the Paddle Georgia 2010 trip. The Augusta Chronicle’s Outdoors Editor Rob Pavey will serve as moderator. RSVP by e-mailing April Ingle at

5. Savannah Area Clean Water Act Information Sessions
Want to learn more about how the Clean Water Act works and how you can use it to protect your property and our waterways?  Join Ogeechee Riverkeeper and Georgia River Network for this information session presented by attorneys from GreenLaw on May 20th in Richmond Hill (2:00 pm) and Liberty County near Sunbury (6:30 pm).  The workshops are free, but we do ask that you sign up so we have an accurate head count.  Light refreshments will be served. Sign up for the workshops here:

6. Georgia Center for Nonprofits’ Nonprofit University
GCN’s Nonprofit University offers a full array of learning opportunities for both individuals and organizations, from short, one-time lunch ‘n learns to advanced executive leadership programs.  GCN works to advance the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations. To view their 2010 course catalog, visit

7. ICL’s Leading from Within
Discover your unique capacity to lead! Develop a leadership style that takes advantage for your unique personal traits. Be ready to tackle any situation through greater awareness of your individual strengths and confidence to impact others.  Develop life-long leadership skills to create productive teams, address conflicts, and build the trusting relationships we all need to succeed.  Application deadline: August 9, 2010. For more information visit:

 8. Tickets available for Paddle Georgia’s Trip’s End Feast
Wish you were able to go on Paddle Georgia this year, but weren’t able to make it? Join Paddle Georgia paddlers for the last night of the trip as we celebrate the mighty Savannah River with games, music and a lot of great food provided by Savannah Riverkeeper and Dye’s Fish Camp in Louisville, GA.  Tickets are $30 person and are now available online at

 9. Sign up for GRN’s Water Trails Newsletter
In March, GRN hosted our very first Water Trail Workshop at Georgia Wildlife Federation’s Alcovy Conservation Center in Covington, and we were blown away by how many people showed up (almost 100!), what a diverse group it was, and how enthusiastic everyone was about starting Water Trails on their rivers. If you’re one of those Water Trails enthusiasts, sign up for our new newsletter:

10. Satilla Riverkeeper Celebrates a Cleaner Satilla!
New Satilla Riverkeeper Bill Miller is celebrating his 100th day as Riverkeeper with the installation of a Bandalong litter trap (Georgia’s first!) on Tebeau Creek in Waycross. Tons of litter from the city's drainage canals have been flushed into the river over the years and collected into large, unsightly rafts along the riverbanks.  The City of Waycross and Satilla Riverkeeper are hosting a Launch Ceremony for the trap May 25th at 1 PM in Waycross.

11.Legalities of Nonprofit Interns
If you’re a nonprofit organization, you probably use volunteers or paid interns to help with your workload.  But are you using them the right way?  Click here for tips on how to be the best intern employer you can be!

12. Board Term Limits. How long is too long?
Click here to read the article

Winning the War with Power Point
Maybe the trouble isn’t with the tool, but with the user…
Click here to read the article

14. 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 our website at

  • AEC Trust Technical Grants are made to charitable organizations seeking technical assistance. Visit 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. Visit

  • 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 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. Visit

  • Georgia River Network/ Turner Foundation Grant (see news item #2)

  • 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. Visit

  • 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. 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. Visit

  • 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.

  • US FWS: North American Wetlands Conservation Act: U.S. Standard Grants Program Application deadline: July 30, 2010.  This program provides support to public-private partnerships carrying out projects that involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats.

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