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  • 2015 Watershed Institute Grants Program Unveiled - June 2015 - The Watershed Institute
    eligibility requirements for the 2015 2016 Watershed Institute Grants Program is now available The program was unveiled at an informational session on June 17th More than fifteen nonprofits from across New Jersey participated in the workshop which included presentations from a five of the Institute s nine current grantees The 2015 2016 grant cycle like the one before it is heavily focused on environmental education and outreach Two types of

    Original URL path: http://thewatershedinstitute.org/2015grantsinfosession/ (2016-04-28)
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  • Website Made Easy Webinar - May 2015 - The Watershed Institute
    called Website Management Made Easy This webinar focused on using Content Management Systems CMS s to make it easier for nonprofit employees and volunteers to manage and update websites in house These CMS platforms like WordPress Drupal Wix and Weebly all allows users with very little programming or coding experience to manage website text images and other content It was a very successful session that highlighted the pros cons and

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  • Marketing Planning 101 - The Watershed Institute
    on interactive workshop gave participants an opportunity to learn the strategies and tactics necessary to build an effecting marketing and outreach plan Every day nonprofits market their organization and their mission in order to spread their message and gain support By appearing at community events posting to social media and sending out mailings groups are marketing themselves However for many organizations the amount of time and money available for these

    Original URL path: http://thewatershedinstitute.org/marketing-planning-101/ (2016-04-28)
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  • Pipeline Forum - The Watershed Institute
    2015 by Program Coordinator On February 10th the Watershed Institute co sponsored a workshop with the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association the New Jersey Conservation Foundation and the Delaware Riverkeeper on the regulatory processes surrounding proposed pipelines in New Jersey Many organizations and communities throughout the state have discovered that their preserved farmland and open spaces have been targeted for new and expanded natural gas pipelines This workshop focused on educating nonprofit staff and municipal officials about ways to constructively participate in the federal scoping process for proposed natural gas pipelines Our roots are deeper than your routes quoted by a NH farmer finding his land in the path of a transmission line Land Trust Alliance Saving Land magazine Materials from the forum including the agenda copies of the presentations and the resources referenced by presenters are available through the links below Biographies of the presenters are included in the agenda For more information contact the Watershed Institute Coordinator Forum Agenda Natural Gas Pipelines What the FERC is FERC presentation Jim Waltman Executive Director of the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification as referenced Preparing for Scoping Meetings presentation Maya van Rossum Delaware

    Original URL path: http://thewatershedinstitute.org/pipelineforum/ (2016-04-28)
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  • 2014 Watershed Institute News Archives - The Watershed Institute
    Institute is pleased to announce the grantees for the 12th annual Watershed Institute Grant Program Nine grantees from all across the state have been selected as recipients 2014 2015 Grant Cycle The 42 442 awarded for project based grants ranging from 1 500 10 000 was generously provided through funding from the Geraldine R Dodge Foundation read more I Am 4OpenSpace Campaign Launch Oct 2014 In late September through a very generous grant from the Keep it Green Coalition the Watershed Institute launched the I Am 4OpenSpace campaign This social media campaign is all about raising awareness for the importance of the woods meadows farmland and open space that you love Joining the movement is simple and your voice can make a difference Just take a picture of yourself holding up an I am 4OpenSpace sign and post it to your favorite social media sites Use the hashtag 4OpenSpace share your pic and tell us why you support protecting open space in New Jersey Then inspire and challenge your friends to do the same read more Invasive Species and Climate Change Workshop Sept 2014 On Sept 9 2014 the Watershed Institute along with the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team

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  • Incorporation - The Watershed Institute
    the IRS It increases the likelihood of contributions from public and private foundations It provides limited liability to your employees and board members so they cannot be held personally liable for corporate debts or other setbacks It creates separate legal entity that exists in perpetuity even if trustees change Some of the disadvantages include the cost the paperwork and the time and energy associated with incorporating Consider all advantages and disadvantages and meet with an attorney before deciding whether or not incorporating is right for your group Use this checklist to assist your organization with the incorporation process Keep in mind that this list is a general summary Find a Lawyer preferably one who will work pro bono Obtain Incorporation paperwork Choose a Corporate Name Check Name Availability Reserve a Corporate Name Perform a Name Search Protect Your Name if necessary Prepare Certificate of Incorporation File Certificate of Incorporation Apply for EIN number Prepare Bylaws Prepare Membership Provisions Prepare and File Your Federal Tax Exemption Application Obtain State Corporate and Sales Tax Exemption Helpful Hints The state of New Jersey provides a Checklist for Starting a Business in New Jersey for groups that wish to incorporate The law is constantly changing visit the IRS website for more information Also consult an attorney or certified public accountant to ensure the correct preparation of forms As of 2006 organizations must file their annual report online Each year your organization needs to renew your incorporation status To file electronically a nonprofit will need to go to the State s website Failure to file forms and pay the annual fee for two consecutive years results in dissolution of the corporation The work does not stop once you obtain your Certificate of Incorporation Refer to the other sections of this website but keep the following

    Original URL path: http://thewatershedinstitute.org/capacity-building/administrative/incorporation/ (2016-04-28)
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  • Starting from Scratch - The Watershed Institute
    from Scratch Getting Started with an Educational Program It is important to decide what types of programs your group will offer When picking topics think about Where will staff conduct the programs Who will teach the programs What types of supplies will be needed Where will the organization obtain funding Who will the programs be geared towards What is the goal of programs Once an environmental program has been decided a curriculum lesson plan must be developed Check the Online Curriculum Materials page for more curriculum ideas Lesson plans should contain the following Objectives that the lesson strives to meet Supplies needed to conduct lesson Description of activities Ages the lesson is geared toward Program length References Evaluation tool to assess what the students learned The Core Curriculum Content Standards that it meets As the planning process occurs keep a project budget to calculate how much money will be needed to cover all the costs of staff supplies transportation and time Once a budget is created research the best funding opportunities Local schools schools may be willing to pay for education programs or materials Public programs charging for the public to attend an event Grants state federal private grants offered

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  • Annual Appeals - The Watershed Institute
    popular and successful annual events By selecting a different time to send your appeal you will be less likely to compete with all of the year end appeals Test different timings keep records and see what works for your group Developing Your Message Reflect on and communicate your successes to your supporters and inform them of what is to come Here are some questions to help frame your accomplishments What were the most important programmatic accomplishments during the year How and where has your work reduced water pollution or improved the health of the watershed What were the most important organizational accomplishments during the year What activities has your group been involved in over the past year e g planning monitoring public education and general advocacy What were the results of your activities Was there an increase in public understanding and action improvement in regulatory compliance or better environmental conditions In addition to talking about your successes and work be sure to Thank donors for their past support Make it personal and compelling Try using a real life story to draw readers into the letter Explain why you are writing to them and what their donation will be used for Include personal handwritten notes from someone in your organization who knows the recipient Use white space and photos effectively to communicate your message Use underlining or bolding to highlight important points Use the P S to reiterate your request or offer an incentive The Mailing There is no sure fire way to achieve the most successful appeal However below are some suggestions to increase the chances that your appeal will be opened and read 1 Mailing List Mail to your general members and list of supporters This may not be the best time to mail to people who do not already have a connection to your organization You may also want to exclude those who have recently made contributions 2 Outside Envelope Get recipients to open the envelope Some groups have used a red envelope to draw attention to it while others have placed intriguing messages on the envelope Make the outside look as personal as possible handwrite addresses and use a bulk mail or first class stamp 3 Return Envelope Providing a return envelope makes it even easier for donors to send in their contributions Some return envelopes are very sophisticated while others are as simple as printing your address on a small envelope 4 Response Form The response form can be a coupon at the bottom of your letter a small card or half letterhead sheet Be sure to list all of the giving options you offer and include a place for donors contact information You can even preprint their contact information and ask respondents to correct it as needed Be specific about how they can contribute check credit card online and about the information you need for payment For checks indicate who to make the check payable to and for credit cards provide fields for type of

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