Headwater Guardians

Investing in the future of clean water

Over 100,000 miles of streams and rivers flow through our watershed on their way to the Chesapeake Bay. Protecting these headwaters is the secret to a healthier Bay. As a Headwater Guardian, you join the Alliance and our most passionate supporters as we restore the lands and waters of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Become a Headwater Guardian

Building a Legacy

In December 2023, our CEO, Kate Fritz received a phone call from George Glatfelter, a former Alliance Board Member and steadfast donor. George and his wife Beverly wanted to make a special gift of $50,000 to an organization with the best plan to leverage their support. They chose to make that meaningful gift to the Alliance and establish our first major donor society to support the exponential growth of the Alliance’s work.


“The Alliance’s mission is true to their name – their work to convene stakeholders from all sectors is a unique model of engaging more of the 18M people who call this watershed home. They move conversations to action, bringing restoration projects to life that make a real impact on water quality in our local communities. Bev and I are honored to make a gift that continues to move the Alliance forward into the next generation of Chesapeake Bay restoration work. We hope you will join us as a Headwater Guardian. Together, we can ensure cleaner rivers and streams for all.”  – George Glatfelter


The Glatfelters smiling and sitting next to each other with a flowering garden backdrop. George Glatfelter has his arm around his wife.

Exponential Growth

In the last four years, our program budget has grown from $7.8M to $20.7M, and our staff has grown by 50 percent. This is our most substantial expansion in the Alliance’s entire 53-year history. Imagine 2,500 new forest acres planted, 10,000 volunteers engaged, and 7,500 stormwater management practices, like rain barrels and native plant gardens, installed in our watershed – all in the next five years.

To achieve these ambitious goals and more, we need our most strategic, forward-thinking friends to join together and invest annually in the Alliance’s critical infrastructure and operations support. In order to sustain our rapid growth, we must prioritize annual investments in our own capacity to support the diverse needs of 60+ conservation experts and educators as they deliver programs and results across the watershed.

As a Headwater Guardian, your annual, unrestricted gift of $5,000 or more provides critical support for all four of our strategic programs and ensures our staff can reach new communities and take on new opportunities.

Join us today and receive:


  • Quarterly insider updates and stories of impact.
  • Exclusive tours of our most innovative and exciting on-the-ground projects.
  • Conversational, intimate gatherings featuring thought leadership from our expert staff about our work and issues affecting the watershed.


  • Four complimentary tickets to the Taste and Wild & Scenic.
  • 15% discount at our online merchandise store.


  • Print copy of the Annual Report and recognition therein.
  • Membership lapel pin.
  • Yearly wall calendar (beginning 2025) with breathtaking scenery and photos of the Alliance team in action!

Ready to Take Action?

On behalf of our entire staff and Board: thank you for your support. We sincerely hope to welcome you soon as a Headwater Guardian.

Questions? We would love to hear from you. Contact:

Kate Fritz


Morgan Goad

Development Director

443-926-1111 or 757-903-9344
kfritz@allianceforthebay.org mgoad@allianceforthebay.org