Founders Campaign

To restore the River so that it is healthy for current and future generations, Save The River has launched a fundraising campaign - From the Founders to the Future... a Campaign to Enhance River Protection - to raise $700,000 to expand Save The River's programs, office space and endowment.

Over the past 30 years, Save The River has seen great success as we have grown into the leading environmental advocate on the Upper St. Lawrence River. From the Founders to the Future... A Campaign to Enhance River Protection will enable Save The River to continue our growth and strengthen our efforts to protect this amazing River. Read more about Save The River's accomplishments and strategic plan goals.

The Founders to the Future campaign goal is to raise $700,000 for three purposes:

  • Building Expansion & Renovation - Save the River's current staff are crowded under our tiny roof on Riverside Drive in Clayton and addition of staff is impossible in the current facility, which is bursting at its seams. The campaign fundraising will allow Save The River to expand our facility and renovate the existing historic structure to make it more energy efficient. Learn more about the Building Expansion & Renovation on our Building Blog.

  • Program Expansion - Save The River plans to add 2 1/2 additional staff members in the next three to five years to address the many challenges facing the River. New staff will allow us to expand our education program, fight sewer overflows and increase our outreach efforts beyond the Thousand Island communities.

  • Legacy Fund - We strongly feel that there will always be a need for Saver the river to watch, protect, and promote the River. The campaign will raise funds for the beginning of a Legacy Fund for Save The River to increase the organization's financial stability and reduce reliance on external funding streams.

For more information, download one of the campaign fact sheets below or contact Lee Willbanks, Save The River's Executive Director at (315) 686-2010.

Interested in supporting Save The River's From the Founders to the Future Campaign? Download and mail the Donor Commitment Form or call Save The River at (315) 686-2010.


Visit Save The River's builders blog for updates news, events, and action alerts.

About Us

Founded in 1978, Save The River is a non-profit, member-supported environmental organization whose mission is to restore, preserve and protect the ecological integrity of the Upper St. Lawrence River through advocacy, education and research. Since 2004 Save The River has been a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance as the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper.

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The River

The St. Lawrence River is one of the largest Rivers in the world and a magnificent place to live, work and play. Save The River has been working for more than 35 years to protect the River for current and future generations.

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Join or Give

Over half of Save The River's budget comes from individual memberships and contributions. Supporting us with an annual membership donation will keep our River advocacy, education and research programs going strong.

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Save The River was designated the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper and is a member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance. The Waterkeeper Alliance is the world’s fastest growing environmental movement, with more than 200 local Waterkeepers patrolling rivers, lakes and coastal waterways on 6 continents.

Photos from around the River

Off to the races by Pam Quimby  Resting by Pam Quimby  On the Rocks by Nick Apel  Classic Sunset by Barb Hupp  TI Park Library by Meg Kerr  Fall by Carrie Kerr  Girls by Juliane Bauer  Winter Navigation by Sherman Ward  Off on the River by Jenni Werndorf  A Seaway View by Devon Colby 
 Pictures from our Flickr photostream

409 Riverside Drive
Clayton, NY 13624

(315) 686-2010


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