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EcoFlight

Your Eye in the Sky

aka EcoFlight   |   Aspen, CO   |  www.ecoflight.org

Mission

EcoFlight's mission is to educate and advocate for the protection of remaining wild lands, wildlife habitat, and culturally sensitive lands using small aircraft. The aerial perspective and our educational programs encourage an environmental stewardship ethic among citizens of all ages. EcoFlight works with all sides of an issue, the plane providing a platform for conversations that lead to solutions. The aerial perspective and our ability to connect people and lift up underrepresented voices can be used to help build bridges between current conflicting viewpoints, bringing together students and locals from all backgrounds, partisan alliances, and faith-based groups.

Notes from the nonprofit

As a user of oil and gas, EcoFlight feels strongly that oil and gas can and must be done responsibly, and that there are some places where it shouldn't be done.

Ruling year info

2002

Principal Officer

Jane Pargiter

Main address

307 L AABC

Aspen, CO 81611 USA

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EIN

80-0012615

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

EcoFlight aims to combat the negative effects of climate change and to protect beloved, important landscapes and waterways. Wildfires, drought, contaminated water, and air pollution threaten communities across the Western US and the world. EcoFlight works to enact best-management practices that protect critical landscapes, and safeguard against irresponsible extractive operations including mining and oil and gas development. EcoFlight works to combat the partisan stance on environmental issues, by showing critical stakeholders and leaders the beauty, fragility, and importance of lands and waters from the air. EcoFlight then works to educate the general public on pressing environmental issues, by generating factual media through the press on board the flight, and through aerial imagery and video.

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?

Environmental Education through Conservation Flying

The primary purpose of EcoFlight is to provide aerial education on current environmental, conservation, and natural resource issues. We fly a diverse group of public officials, tribal members, scientific experts, research and advocacy organizations, media representatives, and concerned citizens.

Population(s) Served

EcoFlight's Flight Across America program dynamically informs college students about environmental issues from a broad range of perspectives. Combining flight time in the field and education on the ground, participants learn how a range of issues personally impacts their lives and the world around them. EcoFlight’s unique aerial perspective offers a tangible educational experience, engaging students in leadership and critical thinking roles as they explore the complexities of public lands management.

Participants will travel over spectacular, oftentimes remote areas in low-flying aircraft. Aerial observation is a unique and powerful way to understand ecological geography. Students will also have the chance to meet with experts on the ground and ask hard-hitting questions.

The primary goal of EcoFlight’s Flight Across America program is to instill responsible earth stewardship, community participation and personal empowerment in every student that participates.

Population(s) Served
Students
Children and youth
Young adults

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.

Number of flight passengers

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Totals By Year
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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of place-based conservation issues flown

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of flights

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Increasing

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.

EcoFlight builds momentum for conservation and environmental justice initiatives across the Western US by providing educational flights in small aircraft to policymakers, Tribes, environmental advocates, and other stakeholders, inspiring inclusive, solutions-focused dialogue.

Flight is a platform to elevate conservation campaigns and underrepresented narratives, and to provide opportunities for stakeholders on all sides of an issue to build relationships in a unique and meaningful way through the shared experience of flight. Overflights provide a powerful communications and advocacy tool to build relationships, and create communications content such as photos, video and earned media to support science-based conservation missions.

EcoFlight has built strong partnerships with political leaders, Native Nations, and media publications to help advance protections for important rivers and public lands throughout the West, ensuring critical wildlife corridors remain unfragmented, safeguard against degradative and irresponsible extractive operations, protect key carbon storages to mitigate climate change, and educate the general public on the pressing environmental issues of today.

With over twenty years’ experience flying for conservation, EcoFlight strategically fills seats on the plane with key passengers, and groups traditionally underrepresented in environmental management including Native American Tribes, Latinx communities, and other marginalized groups.

From the seat of a small, single-engine airplane, passengers will see first-hand the scenic beauty of a watershed or a forest, and will gain a deeper understanding of how it connects to a larger web of life, or see how threats from energy development might impact the area and surrounding communities. Passengers will share the exciting and intimate experience of flying in a small airplane, seeing the landscape from the unique aerial perspective. It is from this shared experience and perspective, that passengers will find a commonality and a place from which to work together.

Flights are offered at no charge; EcoFlight is funded entirely by grants and donations.


As one of the only conservation aviation groups, EcoFlight's small and nimble team has a widespread reach. EcoFlight's professional pilots provide provocative, educational overflights of pressing land-scape based issues. The aerial perspective, along with EcoFlight's ability to unite diverse parties, creates a space for solutions-based dialogue in the cockpit, amplifies a diverse array of conservation campaign's. Having over twenty years of experience in conservation aviation, EcoFlight's strong relations with key stakeholders, political leaders, and our 400+ partner groups, and media publications helps advance key protections for public lands and critical waterways throughout the West.

It is imperative that a broad and diverse population is engaged in public lands and environmental management, to both demonstrate political support for good policies, and to ensure those policies are representative of the true population of the US. For just environmental policies and protections to stand the test of time, they must have buy-in and support from diverse stakeholders and constituencies from the outset. EcoFlight's overflight programs are an effective advocacy tool, used by conservation and environmental justice advocates to engage policy makers and collaborate with new allies and new perspectives. Flying together in a small airplane builds relationships, trust, and positive experiences, all of which are the foundations of long-term coalition-building and successful environmental outcomes. These foundations strengthen partnerships and shared values that lead to lasting support for good environmental policies, and put communities in better positions to defend landscapes, and ensure clean air and water.

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, 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?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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EcoFlight

Board of directors
as of 01/31/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mark Harvey

Mark Harvey

David G. Behrhorst

Deon Ben

Heidi Bintz

Bert Fingerhut

Bruce Gordon

AJ Grant

Bill Hedden

Pete McBride

Ronald Sievert

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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/30/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/05/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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.