Friends of the Rappahannock, Inc.
3219 Fall Hill Avenue
Fredericksburg VA 22401
Mission Statement
We are the voice and active force for a healthy and scenic Rappahannock River.  Through advocacy, restoration and education Friends of the Rappahannock is working to keep the Rappahannock watershed a safe and healthy place to live and play for generations to come. 
 
Our Vision...

A Rappahannock River…that is clean and safe for fish consumption and recreation from its headwaters to its confluence with the Chesapeake.

A Rappahannock River… that supports a healthy and diverse aquatic ecosystem, with submerged grasses, oysters, crabs and other species returned to their historic levels and productivity.

A Rappahannock River Watershed… where land use and runoff is managed to protect and enhance our riparian habitats, downstream waters, scenic viewsheds and historical resources.

A Rappahannock Community… where the citizens and local governments are educated about river stewardship, where they take a sense of personal stewardship over the river resource, and where they take action in their own backyards and communities to protect it.

 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Kathleen Harrigan
Board Chair Jamie Scully
Board Chair Company Affiliation No Affiliation
Contact Information
Address 3219 Fall Hill Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Telephone 540 373-3448
Fax 540 3738111
E-mail info@riverfriends.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1985
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $599,265.00
Projected Expenses $575,908.00
Statements
Mission
We are the voice and active force for a healthy and scenic Rappahannock River.  Through advocacy, restoration and education Friends of the Rappahannock is working to keep the Rappahannock watershed a safe and healthy place to live and play for generations to come. 
 
Our Vision...

A Rappahannock River…that is clean and safe for fish consumption and recreation from its headwaters to its confluence with the Chesapeake.

A Rappahannock River… that supports a healthy and diverse aquatic ecosystem, with submerged grasses, oysters, crabs and other species returned to their historic levels and productivity.

A Rappahannock River Watershed… where land use and runoff is managed to protect and enhance our riparian habitats, downstream waters, scenic viewsheds and historical resources.

A Rappahannock Community… where the citizens and local governments are educated about river stewardship, where they take a sense of personal stewardship over the river resource, and where they take action in their own backyards and communities to protect it.

 
Impact
We have engaged 25,000 children over 5 years in hands-on environmental education, teaching that though conservation, they can make a difference in the quality of their life and their community. FOR spearheaded removal of the Embry Dam, restoring over 600 miles of spawning habitat for migratory birds and fish. We led the advocacy for the preservation of 4,200 acres of river front; ensuring 30 miles permanently protected river landscape for generations to enjoy. FOR will continue engaging the entire Rappahannock River community in conservation programs, to ensure a watershed where land use and run-off is managed, a community where citizens and local governments are educated stewards of our river resource, taking action in their own backyards. Our goal is to ensure a clean water supply for drinking, safe for fish consumption and recreation, diverse with rebounding populations of grasses, oysters, crabs and aquatic wildlife and a beautiful resource to behold, our treasure, the Rappahannock.
Needs Friends of the Rappahannock's most pressing needs are 1) expanding programs into the Tidal watershed; 2) increase memberships and name awareness; 3) identifying volunteer leaders to help expand our programs; 4) educating the public on the importance of water quality, and; 5)  finding individuals to help voice the power of advocacy for a clean and healthy Rappahannock River.
Background

Who We Are...

Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) was formed in 1985 as a nonprofit, grassroots conservation organization.

We are citizens from all walks of life, whose common goal is to maintain the water quality and scenic beauty of the Rappahannock River and its tributaries. We work with a wide variety of stakeholders, from local governments to elementary students, to educate about the river and to advocate for actions and policies that will protect and restore the values that make the Rappahannock River so special.

We promote environmentally responsible planning through active participation in the civic process. Our professional staff provides  technical support to local governments, developers and teachers in areas of special expertise, including Low Impact Development codes and ordinances, Watershed Planning, Water Quality Monitoring, Invasive Species Control and Streambank Restoration.

We believe that community education is an essential tool for promoting environmental awareness and protection. As a result, we lead a variety of public education programs which focus on understanding and protecting the river's unique natural, scenic and historic resources.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Essex County
Richmond County
Lancaster County
Middlesex County
Northumberland County
Northern Neck
Westmoreland County
Serving the Rappahannock River Watershed in Virginia, from the headwaters in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the mouth at the Chesapeake Bay.
Board Chair
Board Chair Jamie Scully
Company Affiliation No Affiliation
Term June 2016 to May 2018
Email jamie.scully@thalhimer.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Robert Burke Community Volunteer
Sam Foltz Foltz & Associates, LLC
Rick Garrett Garrett's Marina
Daniel Hoffman Community Volunteer
Jay Holloway At Large Members
John Keating Community Volunteer
Chris Muldrow Community Volunteer
Lee Murray Edward Jones
Jamie Scully At Large Members
Rand Sompayrac Community Volunteer
Abbie Tomba At Large Members
John Monroe Wack, Jr. At Large Members
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 1
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments

Friends of the Rappahannock is governed by an up to 14-member Executive Committee which is elected by the membership annually.  Members serve 2-year terms with a limit of three consecutive terms.

The Executive Committee meets at 6:00 pm on the 3rd Monday of each month at our Fredericksburg headquarters (3219 Fall Hill Ave.)  The meetings are open to the public.

 The board is conducting a self-assessment in 2017. The last was done in 2013.
Executive Director
Executive Director Kathleen Harrigan
Experience Kathleen Harrigan joined Friends of the Rappahannock in August 2014. With more than 30 years of experience protecting watersheds across the US she joined the Friends of the Rappahannock in 2014 to protect her own watershed.
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Lowery Becker Education Coordinator
Daria Blom Christian Assistant Director and Education Director
Bryan Hofmann Programs Manager
Richard Moncure Tidal River Steward
Woodie Walker Community Conservationist
Staff
Full Time Staff 6
Part Time Staff 7
Volunteers 30
Contractors 3
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2013
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Programs
Description FOR provides quality, outdoor environmental education programs for students and teachers. Each year we serve about 6,000 local youth and provide professional development for about 50 area teachers. Our programs focus on real field experiences that teach about water quality and human impacts on watersheds and provide ideas and opportunities for students to take action to help protect this precious resource
Description FOR has operated a shoreline restoration program for several years and has recently expanded the program to include student lead STEM activities including measurement, design, installation and monitoring components for living shoreline projects. Living shorelines are the preferred alternative for erosion control and shoreline restoration. Compared to traditional bulkhead or riprap techniques, living shorelines provide stabilization benefits while also providing enhanced wetland resources which are valuable habitat to fish and wildlife and are also resilient to the impacts associated with climate change.
Description In 2016, FOR initiated our Oyster Restoration program in partnership with Ready Reef inc. with the goal of establishing protected three dimensional oyster reef sanctuaries throughout the tidal creeks of the Rappahannock River. This program uses recycled oyster shells to make pyramid shaped, concrete structures called “sentinels” which are constructed and placed in the River by students and volunteers. These projects provide a myriad of benefits to fish, wildlife, water quality, and local waterman and is among the most cost-effective methods for restoring oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay.
Description Throughout the region, stormwater management in developed areas has continued to grow as the leading cause for pollution to the Rappahannock River and the Chesapeake Bay. These pollutants include nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediments and are listed on the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load, which municipalities are required to address. FOR has several programs in place designed to assist in managing and reducing polluted stormwater from entering our local streams and rivers. Our restoration program works with municipalities, partners, and volunteers to install a wide range of projects including rain gardens, rain barrels, and tree plantings.
Description Part of being the voice and active force for the Rappahannock River includes protecting the pristine areas throughout the watershed. In 2006, FOR worked with local partners to permanently protect 4,000 acres of riparian land along both sides of the Rappahannock River in a conservation easement to preserve habitat and the scenic nature of the corridor. FOR continues to work to protect valuable land and habitat resources by working with property owners, developers, and municipalities to ensure our watershed’s resources are preserved and protected to the maximum extent practicable.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $599,265.00
Projected Expenses $575,908.00
Endowment Value $13,637.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
----$338,603
Government Contributions$176,844$238,838$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$176,844$238,838--
Individual Contributions$246,155$200,107$76,976
$5,921$3,471$11,454
$37,550$34,146$43,345
Investment Income, Net of Losses$11,756$7,113$2,203
Membership Dues$42,826$35,518$41,876
Special Events----$170,697
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$10,568$8,061$8,825
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$515,263$483,153$591,403
Administration Expense$64,357$66,625$62,094
Fundraising Expense$68,951$66,009--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.820.861.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%78%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue16%15%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$838,936$981,361$1,042,969
Current Assets$440,281$577,941$584,693
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$218,479$244,351$220,898
Total Net Assets$620,457$737,010$822,071
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.022.372.65
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2015View
Comments
Organization Comments The 2015 audit is scheduled for the first quarter of 2017.