Thank you for supporting the River Management Society!

Ruby and Horsethief Restoration Clinic 2012

The River Management Society is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. We rely on volunteers and revenue from memberships, gifts, partnerships, sponsorships and events to support our work. Financial gifts keeps us going, and it's easy to support RMS with a donation. Each gift is important and appreciated for enabling us to pursue our mission.  

RMS is here for you and your river. Through outreach, training and resources, we support the individuals who study, protect and manage North America's rivers. As educators, scientists, watershed leaders and students, we support public access to our rivers as resources for all citizens and visitors. Gifts to RMS support wise stewardship and management of rivers for generations to come.

Your Support Matters!

Your financial support allows us to grow the National Rivers Project, expand the River Training Center, support the River Studies and Leadership Certificate, evaluate and grow our resource of hydropower license and settlement summaries and fuel our Early Careers program while we continue our biennial symposia, periodic workshops and river trips, popular RMS ListservNews Digest and quarterly RMS Journal 

2021 End-of-Year Giving

We're proud to report the historic growth of our programs and membership in 2021, and we are looking forward to an even more impactful 2022. Here's a look back at some accomplishments this year, and we hope you will help us keep up the momentum by donating to help us reach our end-of-year goal of $2,500.

  • Our River Training Center has ramped up the opportunities for training and collaboration like never before. This includes training for new and seasoned river managers, students, and those looking to create a more inclusive workplace culture on their rivers. In addition to training that's open to all, we hosted several Wild and Scenic workshops tailored to specific rivers' needs.
  • We've hosted River Management Roundtables with either On the River or Workplace Culture themes. These are open forums for sharing and learning from one another on technical and interpersonal topics relevant for river professionals and are open to the public.
  • Our National Rivers Project interactive map and river database now includes 1,995 river sections, 14,613 access points: 14,613 and 723 campgrounds.
  • Three new universities signed on to offer the River Studies and Leadership Certificate to bring the total to 12, and we've celebrated four new RSLC graduates! With the assistance of member volunteers, we are hosting guidance sessions for RSLC students as they evaluate opportunities in river management, related employment fields, and other 'next steps' through our interactive Braided Channels sessions.  
  • We hosted over 200 attendees in seven topical tracks at the 2021 River Management Symposium, together with our partners at the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and Virginia Commonwealth University.

RMS is the hub for information sharing across state lines and between agencies and non-profits. It is the only organization working exclusively to connect and support river professionals like state and federal agency staff, outfitters and guides, rangers, planners and landscape architects, fluvial geomorphologists, environmental lawyers and policymakers, students, professors, researchers and authors. Your support is essential for us to continue this important work.

Cam Strap

A gift for our biggest fans!

Donations of all sizes are appreciated and essential for us to continue supporting those who study, protect and manage our rivers. Donors giving $100 or more will receive a 12' RMS cam strap as our way of saying, "Thank you!" 

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How to donate to RMS:

One-time Donation

Whether you have $5, $25, or $2,500 to give, it makes a huge difference. Your financial support directly benefits river managers, researchers and future river managers across the country through training, networking, communication and resources provided by RMS. 


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It's really easy (and doesn't cost you a penny!) to support RMS while you shop online! Select RMS as your favorite charitable organization on Amazon Smile, and then Amazon will donate to RMS each time you make a purchase on Amazon Smile. Learn how here!

Monthly Donation

The RMS Monthly Donor Program is truly painless and really makes a difference. Monthly gifts representing the cost of a few cups of decent coffee per month from 50% of our members would enable one of our part-time staff to work on a full time basis. Transactions occur via our secure credit card system. At the end of the calendar year you will receive a summary of your donated total for the year.

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In-kind Donation

We are fueled largely by the energy and expertise of our volunteer members and leaders. Contact a member, Chapter or Board Officer or RMS Executive Director to learn how to get involved in chapter activities and other ongoing projects. If you have donated goods or services to RMS this year, please fill out the In-Kind Donation Form to help our record of your much-appreciated generosity. (You can do so as many times as you'd like, and RMS will be happy to provide a roll-up of your submissions for a calendar year.)

Planned Giving

If you have named or are thinking of naming RMS as a beneficiary in your will, or are interested in other types of planned giving, we would love to hear from you! Please explore all of your options in our Planned Giving Guide. (This document provides general information that is intended to assist you in your tax, estate, and charitable planning. It is not intended as legal or tax advice. Please consult with your own tax, legal, and financial advisors prior to making decisions.) With questions, contact contact Executive Director Risa Shimoda for more information.

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