Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

Grand Canyon Conservancy

Inspire. Educate. Protect

aka GCC

Grand Canyon, AZ

Mission

Mission: We inspire people to protect and enhance Grand Canyon National Park for present and future generations. Grand Canyon Conservancy is the official nonprofit partner of Grand Canyon National Park, raising private funds, operating retail shops within the park, and providing premier guided educational programs about the natural and cultural history of the region. Our supporters fund projects including trails and historic building preservation, educational programs for the public, and the protection of wildlife and their natural habitat.

Ruling Year

1962

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Theresa McMullan

Main Address

4 Tonto Street

Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA

Formerly Known As

Grand Canyon Natural History Association

Grand Canyon Association

Keywords

educate, inspire, protect, Grand Canyon National Park

EIN

86-0179548

 Number

6494038692

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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Kids at the Canyon

Trails Forever

Desert View Watchtower

Protecting the Night Sky

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We support Grand Canyon National Park in its goals to provide enriching and fulfilling visitor experiences and protecting the park for future generations. We will achieve this by establishing a continuous and growing funding stream, providing enhanced educational experiences, and engaging advocates for the park.

Grand Canyon Conservancy works to inspire people to protect and enhance Grand Canyon National Park for present and future generations. Our members and donors make priority investments at the park to provide enriching and fulfilling visitor experiences and protect the park for future generations. Every purchase in our eight retail stores benefits Grand Canyon as do our profits from a robust publishing program and premier educational experiences through the Field Institute.

Grand Canyon Conservancy is Grand Canyon National Park's official nonprofit partner raising private funds to benefit Grand Canyon National Park, operating retail shops and visitor centers within the park, and providing premier educational opportunities that address the natural and cultural history of the region. Grand Canyon Conservancy (GCC) is governed by an 18 member board of directors. GCC is led internally by a Leadership Team which includes the CEO, CFO, COO, the Chief of Staff, and the directors of Marketing & Communications, Operations, and the Field Institute. GCC benefits from offices and housing onsite at the South Rim of Grand Canyon. In addition, the National Park Service provides offices in Flagstaff for a portion of GCC's employees. Revenue from retail operations has grown slowly but steadily over the past 5 years, and GCC's philanthropy program is growing in response to the needs of the National Park Service at Grand Canyon. In addition to being the official nonprofit partner to Grand Canyon National Park, GCC partners with a number of nonprofit and for-profit organizations to drive revenue and provide programming. These partners include Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Forever Resorts, the National Park Foundation, and a number of private foundations. Grand Canyon National Park had a record-breaking 6.25 million visitors in 2017. As park visitation has grown, so has Grand Canyon Conservancy. Over the last five years, our membership has increased by an astounding 200 percent, retail sales have grown more than 150 percent and GCC's support to the park jumped nearly 400 percent.

To achieve our vision of supporting Grand Canyon National Park in its goals to provide enriching and fulfilling visitor experiences and protect the park for future generations, we are focused on the following:

INSPIRE Support
Create a continuous and growing funding stream.

EDUCATE the Public
Provide enhanced educational experiences.

PROTECT the Park
Engage advocates for Grand Canyon National Park.

GROW the Organization
Continue to build the organization to support the growing needs of Grand Canyon National Park.

Accomplishments: A. Completed a multi-year, comprehensive fundraising campaign to raise $15 million over 4 years in December 2019. B. Enhanced the GCC Park Store experience in 2019 through redesign/signage and clear messaging. C. Re-launched the Canyon Field School, a partnership with the National Park Service providing educational opportunities at Grand Canyon National Park for middle and high school students to learn about conservancy and the environment. D. Worked hand-in-hand with the National Park Service to present programming and events throughout the 2019 Grand Canyon National Park Centennial year. Key Priorities: A. Create a continuous and growing funding stream by capitalizing on the momentum of Grand Canyon National Park's Centennial campaign. B. Continue to provide enhanced educational experiences for visitors and students. C. Continue to build organizational capacity by modernizing GCC's technology infrastructure to support growth. D. Launch the Artist in Residence and Astronomer in Residence programs. E. Inform our constituency about key issues that impact the Park. F. Foster a work environment that attracts and maintains quality personnel. G. Support sustainable growth in Philanthropy by growing the major gifts pipeline and increasing Grand Guardian annual giving.

External Reviews

Awards

Best Fundraising Event: Celebration of Art 2013

Association of Partners for Public Lands

Affiliations & Memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2014

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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