Many Reserves benefit from a nonprofit friends or foundation group that actively supports their mission and work. NERRA teams up with these groups to form the NERRS Friends and Foundations Network, a national community of practice that works together to protect Reserves and our System for future generations.
Friends Making News
- New Hampshire’s Great Bay Stewards celebrate 25 years and counting! (August 2021)
- Friends of the GTM Reserve in Florida share highlights from their Adventures in the Estuary Summer Camp. (July 2021)
- Maine’s Wells Reserve and Laudholm Trust brought nine scholarship students to an estuary-filled summer camp. (July 2021)
How You Can Help
Getaways! Adventures! and Feasts! Oh My!
NERRA relies on your support to strengthen and advocate for the NERRS. This month, you can help this month by bidding early and often on the NERRS Annual Auction—our only fundraiser.
Maybe you’ll win the opportunity to paint an owl or band an Osprey—Let the bidding begin!
Resources for Friends & Foundations
NERRA maintains an archive of resources to support Friends and Foundations groups in strengthening their administrations, increase fundraising, make their communications more effective, and support national efforts to advocate for the NERRS. The archive includes resources like….
- Templates for one pagers and presentations
- A national friends contact database
- Letter and email templates for engaging Congress
- Ideas for supporting a Reserve impacted by natural disaster
- Communications plan examples with tools to help you develop your own
National Assistance Program
NERRA is committed to supporting Friends and Foundations in the excellent work they do for their Reserves. To that end, we provide a number of small grants and targeted assistance through our National Assistance Program, designed to grow the capacity of Friends and Foundations groups. Funding for the National Assistance Program is support by the Office for Coastal Management (OCM). For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Some outcomes of past projects are listed below.
With the help of a 2020 National Assistance Program grant, the Friends of the Reserve – North Carolina developed a new, visually-driven website which allowed them to advertise programs, including an internship opportunity and virtual tour of the Bird Island component site.
Latest News from Friends & Foundations
Donate items to the NERRA auction now through October 22nd! And November 1st, prepare to bid on adventurous trips, stylish fashions, sleek monitoring equipment, fun swag, and the best snacks our coasts have to offer…
Amy Wilcox is the new administrative officer for the Padilla Bay Foundation.Please join NERRA in welcoming Amy Wilcox, the new administrative officer for Washington’s Padilla Bay Foundation. To her role, Amy brings more than twenty years of experience in nonprofit and...
The Friends of Sapelo Island Reserve in Georgia held a small ceremony dedicating a restored beach pavilion to two friends to the Reserve, Linda and J.D. Daniels, celebrating their 20 years of service.