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  June 2010
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Georgia River Network News Stream
June, 2010

News


Workshops/Conferences/Calendar Items

Resources

Fundraising Deadlines

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1. Paddle Georgia 2010 is taking off!

Paddle Georgia, 2010 is taking off this Saturday, June 18th! 350 people will begin the week-long, 82-mile voyage this Saturday in Franklin Springs and end June 25 in downtown Augusta.  If you’d like to participate in the Paddle Georgia magic, consider joining us for our governor’s candidate forum in Augusta on Thursday, June 24 or the River’s End Feast on Friday, June 25. (See items 5 and 6 for more details)


2. Rivers Alive Year-Round Clean Ups ENCOURAGED!

Rivers Alive is now encouraging cleanups year around.  Already, 60 events have been registered in 2010.  Some of these are spring cleanups, others will occur this summer and next fall. As always, to qualify for Rivers Alive t-shirts, your cleanup must occur sometime this fall (August through December).  The deadline for registering a cleanup and qualify for t-shirts is July 31. Please consider registering your cleanup today so that you can help us plan for the fall cleanups, www.riversalive.com. If you have any questions about registering, please email us at riversalive@gaepd.org or call 404-675-6240. 


3. Missed the Deadline to file your 990N? All Is Not Lost!

Any 990-N filers who missed the May 17 deadline out there? Well, the IRS 
commissioner tells small nonprofits, "The IRS will do what it can to help them avoid losing their tax-exempt status" and urges them to file Form 990-N now.  For more information, visit http://www2.guidestar.org/rxg/update-nonprofit-report/nonprofit-resource-center-automatic-revocation-of-tax-exempt-status.aspx


4. Little Tennessee Watershed Association is Hiring

For a full job description, visit http://www.garivers.org/resources/LTWAjob2010.pdf


5. 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 http:www.saveourgulf.org to find out how you can help.

6.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. Learn more here: http://www.garivers.org/gawater/events.html


7. Tickets available for Paddle Georgia’s Rivers 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 https://www.chi-cash advance.com/sforms/appeal777/Contribute.aspx


8. Participate in the Save the Hooch Campaign this summer!

Atlanta's SweetWater Brewery began the Save the Hooch Campaign to protect the most important ingredient in the beer they brew: water from the Chattahoochee River. This campaign runs from Memorial Day through the July 4th each year and engages beer drinkers, bar patrons, and restaurants throughout metro Atlanta in efforts to raise awareness and funds to support Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s river patrol and water quality monitoring programs. For more information on how you can participate, visit http://ucriverkeeper.net/save-the-hooch.php


9. Shoals of Time: Celebrating 237 Years of History on the Ogeechee River”

A Book Launch for Bartram’s Living Legacy: the Travels and the Nature of the South and The Flower Seeker will be hosted by Georgia River Network and Ogeechee Riverkeeper near Warrenton, Georgia on Saturday, September 11, 2010, 12:00 Noon – 4:00 pm.  There wil be picnicking, kayaking on the Ogeechee River, camping under the stars, a marshmallow roast and a book signing with the authors, including Dorinda Dallmeyer, Phil Williams, Janisse Ray, Roger Pinckney, John Lane, Thomas Rain Crowe, Gerald Thurmond, Philip Juras, Dixon Bynum, Doug Davis, Thomas Hallock and Whit Gibbons. Cost:  $15 per person, kids 12 and under free.  Includes 1 year membership to Georgia River Network and Ogeechee Riverkeeper. RSVP by September 3, 2010. Contact Dana at Georgia River Network at 706-549-4508 to register by phone
Contact Doug at Georgia River Network 706-549-4508 with other questions  

10. 2011 Climate Solutions University

Are you concerned about the effects of climate change on your community? Do you want to know how your town can be best-equipped to face the challenges presented by the floods, droughts, and fires that have become more common in recent years? Do you want to ensure that your elected officials receive the information they need in order to make natural resource policy decisions that can provide jobs and economic stability in a changing climate? Would you like to help your community prepare to take climate action but aren't quite sure where - or how - to start? If so, the Climate Solutions University (CSU) may help you answer these questions. Information and application instructions can be found at: http://www.mfpp.org/Climate_Solutions_University/2011.html


11.  Bylaws Checklist

Are your organization’s by-laws up to snuff?
http://www.blueavocado.org/content/bylaws-checklist


12. Avoid “Do-gooder Burnout”

You're doing good work! Let's keep it that way!
 
13.  Why is Diversity Important in the River Movement?
 
A great video from this year's River Rally in Snowbird, Utah:

 

14. How Grassroots Environmental Organizations Are Raising Money Online
 
Or how they're not....


15. 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 http://www.garivers.org/resources/tools/grants.html.

  • 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: http://www.benjerry.com/foundation/.
  • 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 http://www.efaw.org.
  • 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 http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=50765
  • 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 www.homedepotfoundation.org.
  • 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 http://www.impactfund.org/pages/grants/grants.htm.
  • 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 http://www.ittlesonfoundation.org/enviro.html.
  • 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 http://www.meadwestvaco.com/index.htm.
  • Norcross Wildlife Foundation provides funding for equipment and publications. Grants range from $1,000 - $5,000. Visit http://www.norcrossws.org/.
  • 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 http://www.noyes.org/.
  • Techsoup - Discounted Computer Software
    Click on this website to purchase computer software at great prices. Must be 501c3. www.techsoup.org.

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