Glacier National Park Conservancy

Together we are protecting Glacier

aka GNPC   |   Columbia Falls, MT   |  www.glacier.org

Mission

The Glacier National Park Conservancy works to preserve and protect Glacier National Park for future generations.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Mr. Doug Mitchell

Main address

PO Box 2749

Columbia Falls, MT 59912 USA

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Formerly known as

The Glacier Fund

EIN

56-2579734

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Glacier National Park Conservancy strives to protect Glacier National Park for the benefit of future generations. Given the current public funding situation, increased philanthropic support is needed to provide for this treasured public resource. Without private support, critical education, preservation, and scientific research projects in the park would not be possible. The Glacier National Park Conservancy, as the official non-profit partner of Glacier National Park, works to fill that important gap and makes possible dozens of projects every year, each of which is directed at preserving the park for future generations.

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?

Research Glacier

Grants issued that support critical research projects throughout the park including wildlife, plants, stream invertebrates, birds, paleontology, social science, citizen science programs and other areas.

Population(s) Served

Grants issued which support educational and interpretive programming throughout the park. This includes ranger-led field trips for school children, teacher workshops, distance learning opportunities, junior ranger activities, educational publications, tribal outreach initiatives, Native America Speaks programs, veteran and youth corps training and dark sky educational programs.

Population(s) Served

Grants issued to preserve and protect the park for future generations. These programs and projects enhance the visitor experience through trail repair, historic structure restoration, food storage lockers, invasive species prevention, and more. This includes the direct support of our Agency Partners: The Big Hole National Battlefield, Grant-Kohrs Historic Ranch and the Flathead National Forest.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

1.9 million in donations given in 2020 to fund education, preservation and scientific research projects in Glacier National Park.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Preserve Glacier

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

1.9 million in donations given in 2020 to fund education, preservation and scientific research projects in Glacier National Park.

Number of Citizen Science Volunteers - 108 Contributed 4,664 hours to surveying priority species of concern in Glacier National Park during 2020.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Research Glacier

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of Citizen Science Volunteers - 108 Contributed 4,664 hours to surveying priority species of concern in Glacier National Park during 2020.

25 Glacier Conservation Corps participants contributed 2,976 hours to critical park projects. 4,798 Native plants were propagated at Columbia Falls High School greenhouse for planting in the park.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults

Related Program

Preserve Glacier

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

25 Glacier Conservation Corps participants contributed 2,976 hours to critical park projects. 4,798 Native plants were propagated at Columbia Falls High School greenhouse for planting in the park.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Glacier National Park Conservancy will implement specific projects each year that preserve and protect Glacier National Park for future generations. We aim to have a direct impact on three key areas: education, preservation, and scientific research.

The Glacier National Park Conservancy uses a robust grants process to collaborate with park staff and park leadership. Working a year in advance, the Conservancy staff, along with the Board of Directors Grants Committee, help to develop and review a set of grant requests for implementing projects across Glacier National Park. Projects that would not be possible without private support. The Board of Directors authorizes fundraising for a set of projects in the spring of the year prior to their intended implementation date.

Meanwhile, the Glacier National Park Conservancy staff works with donors and corporate partners to raise funds to support those projects. Part of the fundraising apparatus is the retail stores (Park Stores), which the Conservancy operates on behalf of the park in its visitor centers.

All funds raised, or earned from Park Stores, go to support the mission of the Glacier National Park Conservancy, preserving and protecting the park for future generations.

The Glacier National Park Conservancy is dedicated to preserving and protecting the park for future generations. Executive Director Doug Mitchell brings a diverse skill set developed through leadership roles in government, private enterprise, and non-profit work in Montana. Philanthropic and retail staff constantly innovate and adapt, working to increase the Conservancy’s ability to help the park. Members of the Board of Directors bring an overwhelming variety of professonal experience to the mission.

Since the merger of the Glacier Natural History Association (established 1941) and the Glacier National Park Fund (established 1999) in January of 2013, the resulting combined organization, the Glacier National Park Conservancy, has provided private support to fund projects in Glacier National Park – projects that would not have been possible without its donors.

In 2017, the Glacier National Park Conservancy established a five-year goal of doubling the amount of philanthropic support it could provide for critical education, preservation, and scientific research projects across Glacier National Park. In addition, the Glacier National Park Conservancy is hoping to expand its current endowment programs to create meaningful, long term sustainability, allowing it to provide a dependable stream of support for the park.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Glacier National Park Conservancy

Board of directors
as of 7/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Richard Bennet


Board co-chair

Margaret Notley

Zak Andersen

Rick Bennet

Karen Chickering

John Donovan

Jeanette McKee

Margaret Notley

Greg Olson

Joseph Raudabaugh

Cathy Stein

Susan Hay Patrick

Darrell Worm

Susan Brooke

Morris Stein

Orrin Webber

Lana Batts

Walker Tom

Chesler Randy

Glaser Jodi

Lauren Descamps

Kate Bennet

Cheryle Cobell Zwang

Germaine White

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/9/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/04/2021

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.