American WW Year-end Wrap!


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Let’s put it this way: If the nonprofit was an MMA fighter, it’d be fighting up a class or two…

As American Whitewater ED Mark Singleton puts in, the river access and conservation organization “punched way above our weight in 2021.”

What’s that mean? Well, consider the below message to their members on what all they’ve accomplished (and put them on your list to donate to in 2022!)

Letter from the ED

At a year’s end, we often find ourselves reflecting on the rivers of our lives – the twists and turns, the obstacles and hazards, the pure joy of a successful descent. We may reflect on the metaphorical or literal rivers of our lives, but either way we know in our hearts that rivers teach us more lessons and give us more strength than we’ll ever be able to give back. These reflections help us to realize the true, incalculable value of a clean, free-flowing river. At American Whitewater, these reflections fuel us. They drive our insatiable appetites to protect, restore and create opportunities to enjoy rivers across the country.

Our small crew of 12 staff members delivers outsized river stewardship results and touches dozens more projects every year than most organizations of our size. Killing dams, securing federal funding to remove more dams and protecting public access are but a few of the big positive impacts we’ve had on the rivers you love in 2021. You can see our biggest contributions to river stewardship this year in our Year End Impact Graphic below. You can also rest assured that we’ll keep it up, as we’re a Charity Navigator 4-star rated organization 11 years running. We’re an extremely efficient team, spending 87% of every dollar we receive on stewardship activities and we’ve got big stewardship goals for 2022.

None of this work would be possible without the generous support from our community!

As you contemplate your year-end giving, please consider an additional contribution to American Whitewater. It’s been another challenging year for everyone and we’ve been fortunate to keep our team together. We’ve continued to find success in our river stewardship work largely because our community has rallied around us, and we’re grateful for your continued support.

Happy Holidays from the Entire Crew at AW!

P.S. Still looking for the perfect gift for the river enthusiast in your life? Check out our webstore or give the gift of an American Whitewater Membership! Or, treat yourself! You deserve it.




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