In recent years, private philanthropy has become a larger piece of the puzzle in funding our national parks. Charitable donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations have helped offset the twin threats of stagnate Congressional appropriations for public lands and a spike in park visitation.
Fundraising efforts by the National Park Foundation for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 exceeded expectations and showed that the public is willing to stand up while a dysfunctional government stands down. Is this a viable long term solution? Will federal funding return if private funding dries up? Are the trade-offs inherent in accepting and/or soliciting corporate support acceptable?
An online feature posted by Inside Philanthropy offers keen insight into these issues. It is a great read for anyone who values public lands in general, and national parks in particular. Follow this link to access the article:
If the article inspires you to financially support the Grand Canyon, I would encourage you to visit the website of the Grand Canyon Association (GCA) at www.grandcanyon.org. GCA is the official nonprofit partner and fundraiser for Grand Canyon National Park. Together they raised funds for a wide array of critical projects and programs such as trail rehabilitation, youth education programs, visitor safety, and resource protection.
As a member of GCA’s philanthropy team, I am proud of the many accomplishments our team has achieved working with both donors and our National Park Service colleagues.