Starting Up and Running an Effective Group (9)
A Series of Helpful Tools for River and Watershed Advocates
When starting a new organization to protect a river that isn’t facing a “looming crisis,” knowing how to begin implementing the goals of your organization can be difficult. Similarly, watershed groups with long histories sometimes forget about the many ways they can protect their river. This tool offers a list of actions that your group can take to discover, promote, and advocate healthy rivers and watersheds. While not all of these activities may be applicable to your own organization, we hope the list will stir up some creative ways to accomplish your goals and provide a stepping off point from which your group can begin its work.
River Alliance of Wisconsin staff can provide you technical assistance with any of the projects mentioned in the toolkit - contact us for help!
The information contained in this guide provides a handy reminder of what needs to be filed for your organization, both as you are just starting up and on an annual basis once you are up and running. However, you should always check to make sure you are using the most up to date forms and know the current filing requirements, as regulations can change.
- Reporting income tax for WI Nonstock Corporations that are not tax-exempt
- Operating as tax-exempt without filing a federal application
- Accepting contributions while your tax-exempt status is pending
- Reporting raffle income
Drafting your organization’s bylaws is a very important step in creating a successful river or watershed group. When writing bylaws, you will be forced to consider your organization’s mission and purpose. You’ll also decide important elements of how your group will be organized, led, and run. Your bylaws are the rule book of your organization. They give your organization structure, help prevent potential conflicts, and protect against the misuse of funds.