NERRS Friends & Foundations Network

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.

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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

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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

All of these resources are available through our password-protected Members Only page. To get the password, please contact

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 Some outcomes of past projects are listed below. 

New Website for the Friends of the Reserve in North Carolina

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.

Click here to explore.

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 Latest News from Friends & Foundations

Donate Items to NERRA Auction Now!

Donate Items to NERRA Auction Now!

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…

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Welcome, Amy!

Welcome, Amy!

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...

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Honoring True Friends

Honoring True Friends

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.

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