FRIENDS OF BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK

aka Big Bend Conservancy   |   Big Bend National Pa, TX   |  www.bigbendconservancy.org

Mission

To preserve, enrich, and conserve the unique resources of Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River through philanthropic efforts and in partnership with the National Park Service.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Loren Riemer

Main address

PO Box 200

Big Bend National Pa, TX 79834 USA

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EIN

75-2670331

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (N12)

Parks and Playgrounds (N32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our mission is to promote, protect and raise funds for Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River. We have done this through campaigns that build awareness of the park and encourage people to visit the park. We have established a Trails Endowment, a perpetual fund that will restore and improve trails for the benefit of all visitors. We paid for an orientation film to ensure the safety of park visitors. Since our beginning we have contributed more than $3.8 million to the park for a wide variety of programs, restoration efforts and projects.

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?

Fossil Discovery Trail Endowment

Endowment to support education and maintenance for the newly opened Fossil Discovery Exhibit, which we funded at $1.5 million.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Renovating two historic buildings at Big Bend National Park - the Alvino House and the Dorgan House. Both are popular with visitors and are examples of adobe work.
The Dorgan House—perhaps the park’s most iconic historic structure—in particular, is in critical need of intervention. All work will be done according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation, using experienced cultural resources professionals and historic preservationists recognized in their respective fields. Considered one of the most unique architectural features in Big Bend National Park, the Dorgan House is located on top of a pediment overlooking the Rio Grande floodplain near the mouth of Santa Elena Canyon. The structure also has a number of unique architectural features including arched wooden lintels, a great room, a double fireplace, the use of selected native petrified wood, and the use of the chimney as a structural support. These features, along with the construction style of vernacular adobe brick and native uncut stone, combine to make the structure one of the most unique in the park. The structure was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
The Alvino House at Castolon is believed to be the oldest standing adobe structure in the park and is one that the park service deemed significant enough to expend substantial time and resources over the years to protect. With its simple adobe and stone construction and rough-cut doors and windows, it is considered to be perhaps the finest example of historic vernacular adobe architecture in the park.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

Promote, protect and raise funds for Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River.

We work daily to ensure a positive, safe time at the park for every visitor.

We have a strategic plan, which we use when making decisions on which project we will nurture and fund. It is a five point plan that we revisit at every board meeting. In summer 2019 we will conducted an in-depth planning meeting and will publish an updated strategic plan in 2020 based on our work during 2019.

We have made every goal we have set with the Park, including raising $1.5 million for the Fossil Discovery Exhibit. We have established our first endowment and are working on our second one. We are approaching the $4 million mark in funds raised for the park.

To date we have raised over $3.8 million for the Park. We want to continue to grow, so that we can provide more funds for a greater diversity of programs and projects.

Financials

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Operations

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

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FRIENDS OF BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK

Board of directors
as of 10/06/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Christopher Holmes

Baylor University

Term: 2021 - 2023

Amanda Billings

Truett Roberts

Truett Roberts Architects

Christopher Holmes

Baylor University

Thomas Britt

Retired police officer

Kris Fischer

Educator

Jose Gaona

Billy Hassell

Artist

Ross Taylor

Psychologist

Carol Latimer

Mechanical Repair & Engineering

Carol Considine

Leo Tynan

Thomas Britt

Pat Long-Weaver

John Morlock

Issac Albarado

Erika Holland

Peter Hennings

Trey Hermann

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? 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 10/6/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/06/2020

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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.