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  • Administrative - The Watershed Institute
    to have more than the knowledge of how to restore a streambank or partner with a municipal official Nonprofits must also manage their organization s internal operations and their administrative resources Seeing to administrative needs such as becoming incorporated writing bylaws and developing a budget are vital to starting an organization and will set in motion the ripple effect for building a solid foundation Below is a list of just

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  • Education - The Watershed Institute
    Menu Search Education Environmental education is the key to children developing a positive relationship with the environment as well as inspiring environmental stewardship in adults Forming an environmental education program is a beneficial project for the community and future It helps your group to reach out to the public spread knowledge and recruit volunteers in addition to providing funds and donations The process of creating education programs takes plenty of planning and funds to get programs off the ground Education programs keep your group in the public s spotlight so make sure programs represent the group s goals and values Picking programs that relate to your group s strengths are effective For example if staff members have expertise in a specific topic create a program around that or use an environmental feature of the watershed to focus on an endangered species stream ecology etc Also focusing on local issues in the community is a great way to spread awareness and to recruit volunteers Visit the North American Association for Environmental Education website for information on the publication Nonformal Environmental Education Programs Guidelines for Excellence A team of environmental education professionals wrote these guidelines and the publication deals with creating high

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  • Fundraising - The Watershed Institute
    Fundraising Money is an overarching major internal concern for groups Money is needed to obtain dedicated staff pay the bills and implement programs that will protect the rivers we dedicate our lives to stewarding Fundraising is vital to securing the financial needs for the organization but there are benefits beyond the monetary aspects Fundraising is a communication outreach and relationship tool for organizations When members are solicited or special events are held the group is communicating the organization s mission Fundraising efforts find recruit and link people who want to support the organization s work Fundraising establishes maintains and sustains relationships between the organization and donors Fundraising also educates others who may not already understand the issues Once awareness is heightened fundraising can then inspire and motivate people to support the organization s mission and efforts Dedicated fundraising efforts take time and energy to be effective There are a variety of ways to begin a fundraising program and to maintain communication and relationships Once a fundraising plan is put in motion organizations begin to expand their network of people committed to common causes For a comprehensive look at fundraising watch this fundraising webinar provided by the Pro Bono Partnership as

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  • Governance - The Watershed Institute
    Cycle Institute Grant Archives Grant Finder Connect Menu Search Governance There is continual struggle to balance energies for completing programs and governing the organization Therefore well structured governance is important to charting a course for the organization Governance allows a group to identify individuals to serve on the Board of Trustees to oversee and develop the plans and policies for the organization When new organizations start as completely voluntary the Board often carries the entire weight of the organization There is an enormous amount of work required to establish a smooth running operation but organizations do not need to reinvent the wheel Bylaws need to be written to determine the group s structure rights of participants and procedures for exercising their rights A comprehensive strategic plan clarifies and focuses the group s efforts in terms of funding staff and resources Budgets are created to monitor the financial aspects This governance section identifies and provides the resources to help administer and manage the direction for the organization For a comprehensive overview of nonprofit governance watch this free governance webinar provided by the Pro Bono Partnership which is a part of their Legal Issues for New Nonprofits series For more information on

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  • Program Development - The Watershed Institute
    to find the answers that turn ideas into goals There is a struggle to nurture environmental stewardship transforming these ideas into sustainable programs How can we leverage the personnel and financial resources to place the organization and its programs on the map Watershed groups are fortunate that overlapping of groups boundaries are few and far between Successful programs can be transferred across boundaries Partnerships can be established to leverage resources

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  • Visibility - The Watershed Institute
    the community need to know the organization and understand its mission and programs When the organization writes an editorial for the local newspaper or distributes educational pamphlets a particular topic subject the group is increasing its visibility in the region How the organization packages the information directly affects how the public views the group People support groups whose mission resonates with their values and who they believe can successfully accomplish

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  • River Friendly - The Watershed Institute
    these programs your group would work with a variety of landowners such as businesses golf courses and residents to show them how to manage their property in an environmentally sensitive manner Working one on one with the landowner you come up with specific actions such as creating no mow zones along streams or installing rain gardens for them to take to reduce their impact in the environment Once these actions are completed the landowner is certified as River Friendly These programs not only have the potential to help the environment by reducing nonpoint source pollution or enhancing wildlife habitat but they also foster positive relationships with the landowners Working side by side with a variety of landowners can also increase your visibility in the community attract media attention enhance your reputation as a resource form new partnerships and enhance existing ones attract new members and volunteers and bring in new sponsors or funders Download the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association s River Friendly Checklist or Applications today River Friendly Resident Checklist River Friendly Business Application River Friendly Golf Course Application River Friendly Schools Application Other Landowner Education Programs River Friendly isn t the only way to educate others on land

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  • Water Quality Monitoring - The Watershed Institute
    professional staff external consultants or citizen volunteers gathering this data is vital in many ways It informs us about the health of our waterways identifies problems that might otherwise go undetected and can be used as a tool to educate and engage the public in environmental stewardship This page is a clearinghouse of resources for environmental nonprofits to share with one another If there are resources you would like to see here or resources you would like to add to the list please contact the Watershed Institute Coordinator Quality Assurance Action Plans QAPPs Pre Post Dam Removal Biological Monitoring QAPP Musconetcong Watershed Association NJDEP Bacteria Monitoring QAPP Great Swamp Watershed Association Volunteer Chemical Action Team Monitoring QAPP Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association Volunteer Biological Action Team Monitoring QAPP Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association Volunteer Monitoring Protocols Volunteer Stream Monitoring A Methods Manual EPA Office of Water Field Sampling Procedures Manual NJDEP Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect our Waters EPA Office of Water Chemical Action Team Off Site Procedures Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association Chemical Action Team On Site Procedures Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association StreamWatch Volunteer Water Monitoring Handbook Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association Monitoring Protocol

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