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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Grand Canyon National Park Foundation's purpose?

  2. Why would anyone give to a public park that is financed by the federal government?

  3. What is Grand Canyon National Park Foundation's relationship with the National Park Service?

  4. How are projects chosen?

  5. What kinds of projects are selected?

  6. Who governs the Grand Canyon National Park Foundation?

  7. What recognition does a corporate sponsor receive?

  8. What can you do?

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  1. What is the Grand Canyon National Park Foundation's purpose?
    To provide financial support for programs and projects which enhance, preserve, and protect the Grand Canyon's precious cultural, historic, and environmental resources.

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  2. Why would anyone give to a public park that is financed by the federal government?
    Federal dollars support baseline operations and activities at Grand Canyon National Park. By raising new sources of funds, the Grand Canyon National Park Foundation helps the park diversify and enlarge its funding base. These are dollars that support new and innovative projects at Grand Canyon. Reintroduction of the California condor at the Canyon, the new 73 miles of hiking and biking trails of the Grand Canyon Greenway, and renovation of the historic Kolb photographic studio are just a few examples of the work made possible through philanthropy.

    Many people around the world want to give to the Grand Canyon, continuing a tradition of private philanthropy for the Canyon dating back to the early 1900's. Contributions to the Canyon will support improvements like the Grand Canyon Greenway or preservation of endangered species like the condor in its native habitat.

    Private philanthropy plays an important role in the enhancement of Grand Canyon National Park and the preservation of its unique natural, historic, and cultural resources.

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  3. What is Grand Canyon National Park Foundation's relationship with the National Park Service?
    Grand Canyon National Park Foundation operates under an agreement with the National Park Service which allows it to solicit contributions to benefit the park. Grand Canyon National Park Foundation is similar to one of the many "Friends" organizations affiliated with national parks across the country. Unlike these groups, the Grand Canyon National Park Foundation exists for the sole purpose of generating financial support for specific programs and projects at the park. Grand Canyon National Park Foundation is not a membership or advocacy organization.

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  4. How are projects chosen?
    The park superintendent submits to the foundation a list of projects that would otherwise not be funded but which have been determined to be critical to accomplishing the park service's mission at the park. The Grand Canyon National Park Foundation board of directors reviews and selects projects from this list.

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  5. What kinds of projects are selected?
    The Grand Canyon National Park Foundation actively seeks projects derived from the park's 1995 General Management Plan which may be appropriate for private volunteer support, for philanthropic donations and for financial participation by a broad base of individuals and others interested in the future of Grand Canyon National Park. Some projects will be large, in the range of several million dollars. Others may require as little as $5,000, or less, to make a major impact. Projects may include replanting of disturbed areas, creation of bike and hiking paths, restoration of historic artifacts and major infrastructure improvements such as adapting historic structures from industrial uses to visitor education facilities. By creating partnerships with interested individuals, corporations, foundations and the federal government, we believe these much needed projects can be accomplished.

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  6. Who governs the Grand Canyon National Park Foundation?
    The foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors, which typically meets at least three times a year to set and approve general policy. The board is comprised of individuals with experience in national park concessionaire operations, private foundation management, public utility administration, not-for-profit corporations and the National Park Service. Grand Canyon's superintendent serves as an advisor to the board.

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  7. What recognition does a corporate sponsor receive?
    Corporate sponsors make annual contributions and are recognized in Grand Canyon National Park Foundation publications, in media presentations, on temporary signs at project locations and they may publicize their sponsorship of park projects through the appropriate medium. Donors to the Grand Canyon National Park Foundation receive no special treatment in reserving accommodations or activities within Grand Canyon National Park.

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  8. What can you do?
    There are many ways you may choose to help. Provide financial assistance at any level to support Grand Canyon National Park Foundation in its efforts; volunteer for projects in which you have a specific interest or expertise; interest a corporation or foundation in participating on an in-kind or financial basis; tell others of the need and help create a network of constituents who have a similar desire to support Grand Canyon National Park.

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