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Anza-Borrego Foundation

Protecting the Park you Love

Borrego Springs, CA   |  www.theabf.org

Mission

The mission of the Anza-Borrego Foundation is to protect and preserve the natural landscapes, wildlife habitat and cultural heritage of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Bri Fordem

Main address

PO Box 2001

Borrego Springs, CA 92004 USA

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Formerly known as

Anza-Borrego Foundation and Institute

EIN

33-0334338

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (Y01)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Land- conservation to complete the Park and purchase the last 14,000 acres of remaining inholdings. Retail- to education and inspire through the sale of interpretive products. Education- to increase awareness of the resources and natural beauty of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to grow current and future advocates for the most biodiverse region of Southern California. Excellence in Partnership- to provide unparallelled support to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park as its formal cooperating association (fiscal agent, advocacy, communications, direct cash support and more).

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Land Conservation

Anza-Borrego Foundation conserves lands through outright purchase or donation from willing sellers. Purchased properties are transferred to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for perpetual stewardship and managements. ABF funds the purchases through grants and private donations. Since 2006, the Resources Legacy Fund Foundation has provided more than $3 million for land conservation under its Preserving Wild California program. To date, over 55,000 acres have been preserved and approximately 14,000 acres of inholdings remain. In combination of funding from Resources Legacy Fund and dedicated donors we are able to continue our land conservation program and ultimately make the Park whole.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Anza-Borrego Foundation offers environmental education programs, including in-field activities, virtual and in-person lectures and workshops, guided hikes and drives for adults and children. Topics include climate science, photography, archaeology, paleontology, geology, hiking, botany, quiet and astronomy.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Heterosexuals
LGBTQ people
Men and boys
Economically disadvantaged people

This program features a three-day, two-night camping experience for fifth grade students from schools in San Diego, Riverside and Imperial Counties in Southern California. Students learn about desert ecosystems, are exposed to basic research methods, and learn about the work and careers of natural and cultural resource professionals. The curriculum meets California's fifth grade standards enhancing both science and social studies learning.

Population(s) Served

We’ve teamed up with University of California Environmental Stewards to offer an in-depth course for adult learners in the natural processes that make California home to more plant and animal species than any other state in the United States.

This program includes nine weeks of expert-led field trips and online lectures, hands-on experience in the Park, environmental stewardship and so much more!

Population(s) Served

Anza-Borrego: In Focus is a long running lecture and field trip series where scientists highlight important research taking place in the Colorado Desert. We invite expert naturalists to give a lecture (in person or virtual webinar) on relevant topics, such as plants, animals, geology, and astronomy, and then provide hands on experiences during a field trip in Anza-Borrego.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Eco Ambassador 2014

SDG&E and San Diego River Valley Foundation

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

Anza-Borrego Foundation
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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Anza-Borrego Foundation

Board of directors
as of 11/13/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Bill McDonald

Communications- Retired

Term: 2021 - 2024

Ernie Cowan

Photographer, Realty Government related

Jim Smith

Financial Planner

Bill McDonald

Communications Boston College

Dave Van Cleve

Ca. Parks Superintendent, Ecologist, Nature Conservancy

Sharon Goldsmith

Land Conservation, Education Accreditation

Janie Decelles

Marketing and Finance

Phil Pryde

Lynn Rhodes

Resource Protection

Linda Tandle

Executive Director- Retired

Stephanie DiPalma

Sergey Kushch

Paulette Donnellon

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No