Ways you can help Support the Rappahannock


"Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species -- man -- acquired significant power to alter the nature of the world. " 
Rachel Carson 

Formed in 1985 by a group of concerned citizens, Friends of the Rappahannock has grown to be a nationally recognized grassroots conservation organization. Over the last 26 years, FOR has grown from a volunteer-based organization operating out of a single office to a 13-person staff operating on a 12-acre nature preserve. 

Friends of the Rappahannock serves as the voice and active force for a healthy and scenic Rappahannock River. Our staff of environmental professionals work to advocate for cleaner waters, lead restoration projects, and educate thousands of youth each year through the use of sound science and constructive engagement with all watershed stakeholders. 

Join nearly 2,000 others in becoming a Friend of the Rappahannock by purchasing a membership today! 

Why become a friend of the river?

Your membership and support contributes to our river protection programs and creating future generations of river stewards. In addition to benefiting our conservation efforts, you will receive:

•20% discount on all interpretive on-water trips and hikes              

•20% discount on all merchandise (including maps and rain barrels) 

•Access to riverfront property on our 12-acre nature preserve        

•River Issues monthly e-newsletter and Action Alerts                       

•River Views, our quarterly newsletter                                            

•Invitation to member and volunteer events                                   

•And a window decal to proudly display your support for the Rappahannock River


What type of membership is right for you?

We have many levels of membership available to suit all supporters and budgets, ranging from individual memberships to different levels of giving and lifetime members. Choose from the table below to find out which membership is right for you. If you have any questions about our various membership options, please call our office at (540) 373.3448 and our staff would be happy to help you. 

Membership Type 1-Year 2-Year
Individual $30        $57      
Family $45        $85      
Nonprofit $50       
River Steward $100     
River Guardian $250     
River Defender $500     
LIFETIME $1,500 (Payable over 3 yrs) Call our office for details


Additional business levels available




Be a more environmentally conscious member by becoming part of our monthly sustainer program! By becoming a sustainer, you will never receive another renewal notice in the mail! Your monthly gift is automatically charged to your credit card or PayPal account. 


"Charity and personal force are the only investments worth anything." - Walt Whitman 

As a small, expanding non-profit, we are very lucky to have so many charitable supporters. Every donation, no matter how small, helps to support our river protection programs! If you would like to make a secure donation today, please click on button below.

Thank you for helping to keep the Rappahannock River healthy and scenic for generations to come!

If you prefer to donate by mail, just make your check to F.O.R and mail to

Friends of the Rappahannock
3219 Fall Hill Ave.
Fredericksburg, VA  22404

Inspired by our 25th anniversary as a successful grassroots conservation group, Friends of the Rappahannock's Giving Circles was born from our "25 for the 25th" campaign. The 25 for 25 challenge sought to find 25 people to take a leadership role in helping to expand FOR's reach and impact.

Giving circles encourage our members and partners to take a leadership role in supporting river protection programs.  Leaders demonstrate the ability to envision tomorrow, to motivate others and commit to live purposefully.  Leadership giving is not different.  You embrace the challenge of keeping the Rappahannock healthy and scenic, act as a catalyst for others and demonstrate your commitment to the river.

When you join a giving circle you commit to a gift of one of the following amounts each year, for three years:

  • $500
  • $1,000
  • $5,000

"Giving circles allow us to plan into the future.  When we have a better idea that a portion of our income is committed for 3 years, it allows us to move forward with expansions or new programs that couldn't necessarily do otherwise." John Tippett, FOR Executive Director

Through your leadership gift to FOR, you have the opportunity to make an investment in the river and a meaningful difference in our community.

Contact Rachael Poor for more details. (540) 373.3448 x 154 or rachael.poor@riverfriends.org


What if we all rallied for the river?


If you are passionate about the health and scenic beauty of the Rappahannock River,
commit to GIVE on May 6 and help FOR win a portion of $100,000 in prizes! 

The Community Give is an online opportunity to rally together and give back to the community that gives so much to each of us. On May 6, 2014, FOR will have 24 hours to collect as many online donations as possible. The more we raise, the more prizes we can earn. In 2012, with the help of our community, we were able to win a brand new Toyota Highlander in a nationwide contest.




Part of Virginia Partners Bank's mission is to put time and treasure back into the community.  As Fredericksburg's only locally owned and managed bank, they have committed to helping keep the river healthy and scenic.  Part of that commitment is the creation of Friends of the Rappahannock affinity accounts.  Any community member who opens a checking, checking with interest, or savings account can opt into an affinity account.   The bank will make a donation to FOR based on the average balance in all the affinity accounts. No money will come from your account. It's great for the community and great for the river! 

If you are interested, please contact Judy Nave at 540-899-0005 or jnave@vapartnersbank.com.




We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.  --Native American Proverb

Planned giving is a way you can leave assets to a non-profit.

"The Rappahannock River will be here long after we are gone. We would like to leave a gift of a healthy river to our descendants and the generations to come."

-Anne and Carl Little, legacy donors

"The River is going to be around a whole lot longer than I am, and I'd like to protect it."

-Jim Steele, Rappahannock Legacy Society Member

"Our time is very short on this planet, and we don't often get the opportunity to make a lasting impact. If we can make the world a better place in perpetuity, we should do it. Friends of the Rappahannock allows us to leave a legacy in preserving the river and educating children to value it and do the same for generations to come."

-Bill and Denise Micks, Rappahannock Legacy Society Member

Leave your legacy today.

Join the Rappahannock River Legacy Society and leave a healthier Rappahannock for generations to come...

A Bequest...

Is this right for me?

  • If you want to make a lasting contribution to help future generations and protect and restore the Rappahannock River 
  • If you want to value long term planning rather than immediate tax deductions
  • If you want the versatility of a gift commitment that is not going to affect your current cash flow

Ways to donate...

  • Contribute cash
  • Stock
  • Specific property

By designating a set amount or percentage of your estate, you can ensure FOR will protect the River for the next generation.

Legacy Society Membership Benefits...

  • Invitations to exclusive FOR events
  • Name engraved on Stepping Stones in the Legacy Garden
  • Legacy Society Events (i.e. Breakfast by the River)
  • FOR signed Legacy Society Member certificate
  • Framed Picture of the Rappahannock River
  • If fancied, we will interview and feature you in our newsletter
  • and... a clean and healthy river for all to enjoy for generations to come

Targeting your impact...

If you would like your legacy gift to support one of our specific programs, let us know.  You can target your support to our youth education programs, legislative advocacy, facilities, or other project areas.  You may also specify that your gift go into our endowment to provide long-term support through the interest it generates.

FOR Executive Director, John Tippett, at the dedication of the Rappahannock Legacy Garden (below) 

How to make a Bequest...

A Set Amount...
“I give to Friends of the Rappahannock, a non-profit corporation located at 3219 Fall Hill Ave., Fredericksburg, VA 22401, the sum of $_______ to be used for its general purposes. 

A Percentage...                                                                                                       “I give Friends of the Rappahannock, a non profit corporation located at 3219 Fall Hill Ave. Fredericksburg, VA 22401, ______%to be used for its general purposes.

A Residual gift, made after other specific bequests are made...                      (A reside is the balance remaining in your estate after taxes, expenses and specific bequests have been paid)

 “All the residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, I give to Friends of the Rappahannock, a non- Profit Corporation located at 3219 Fall Hill Ave, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 to be used for its general purposes." 

You can use an attorney, financial planner or legal software programs to write your will. 















The Rappahannock Legacy Society

The Friends of the Rappahannock honors every planned gift donor with a membership in The Rappahannock Legacy Society, created to honor and recognize individuals who have helped to contribute to the Friends of the Rappahannock. As a Rappahannock Legacy Society member, you’ll receive special recognition and inclusion in exclusive River Tours.

You may have already taken this important step and provided a bequest to FOR in your will. Please let us know so that we can recognize you for this important commitment. 

For Further Information Contact: Rachael Poor, (540) 373-3448 x 154 or rachael.poor@riverfriends.org


Workplace Giving

When you contribute a little each month through a payroll deduction, your gift adds up to significant benefits for the Rappahannock River. Joining a w
orkplace giving campaign will enhance your involvement in our river protection programs, establish your company as an environmental leader, and provide critical funding support to protect our natural resource.  

Talk to your Human Resources Department about getting involved in one of our campaigns:

Our Combined Federal Campaign Number  (45597)

Our Combined Virginia Campaign (3295)

Our Local Government Campaign/Rappahannock United Way (7752)


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