Grand Canyon Association

Rating: 5 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Environment

Location: PO Box 399 Grand Canyon AZ 86023 USA

Mission: The mission of the Grand Canyon Association is to help preserve and protect Grand Canyon National Park by cultivating support through education and understanding of the park. Founded in 1932, the Grand Canyon Association is the National Park Service’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 about the natural and cultural history of the region.
Target demographics: Grand Canyon National Park
Geographic areas served: Grand Canyon

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a member of the Grand Canyon Association for several years. The activities organized by the staff are always first rate. There is always an effort to make everyone feel comfortable in the activity. It is always good to see improvements at the park sponsered by GCA, as all details are taken into account. The relationship between the staff and the National Park Service appears to be excellent as well. The Member's Gathering held once a year should be experienced by all members.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand membership drive activities

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Visiting Grand Canyon National Park over the last 21 years I have seen the omnipresence of Grand Canyon Association (GCA) without looking for it. The casual or first time visitor may not even know how many bookstores the association maintains to distribute local knowledge, or know who it was that promoted the water bottle refill stations or assisted in all aspects of the new Bright Angel trailhead. Having been a raft trip through their field institute I learned first hand of the earnestness of all their instructors in preserving this great wonder of the natural world.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them a bigger budget.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the good fortune of attending a South Rim Workshop sponsored by the Association. It was exceptionally well conceived, organized and executed! But what I really want to share is what a wonderful, intimate and engaging experience they provide. What a wonderful way to be introduced to the Grand Canyon. I enthusiastically offer them my highest praise.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I was in my late fifties I visited the Grand Canyon for the first time and did a day hike down the South Kaibab Trail. After that I was hooked on the canyon, and day-dreamed about hiking to the bottom and actually seeing the Vishnu Schist. I had never been a hiker, and had never done any back-packing. Through Grand Canyon Field Institute classes/guided trips such as "Take a Load Off: Mule-Assisted Backpack," and "Introductory Backpack" I figured it out. I have now done six classes with them, including two five-day Rim-to-Rim backpacking trips. Now at age 66 I'm in the process of choosing which adventure I want to join in 2014.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Even though I live in Washington State I love all the pictures that you post. I can visit my favorite park vicariously thru them. I hope to come and take one of your classes some day.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Visiting the Grand Canyon Association Bookstores is something I always looked forward to whether at the South or the North Rim. One of my favorite areas in the bookstore is the children’s section. On each visit, I have chosen books for our grandchildren to expose them to the wonders of the Grand Canyon in anticipation of their next visit to Arizona. We have already joined the Adopt-a-Lion Program, explaining to our grandchildren how this will help protect the Mountain Lion, the park’s largest predator.

Every purchase at one of the on-site Grand Canyon Association Bookstores or on the online bookstore www.grandcanyon.org helps support our national treasure, the Grand Canyon National Park.
Rosemarie Warren

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Visiting the bookstores and walking the Trail of Time.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

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Rating: 5 stars  

The mule-assisted trek to the Colorado River and back to the South Rim was nearly perfect thanks to the Grand Canyon Association's professionalism. I was 64 when I made the hike and half the group was older than me.

Let these folks provide a perfect holiday for you too.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I went on a Grand Canyon Association tour in 2009.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Take more people into the Grand Canyon.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a member of the Grand Canyon Association for a number of years. They do great work ranging from raising funds for park improvements to offering a very diverse mix of educational programming...and so much more... Their communication with the general membership is outstanding (frequent e-newsletters, etc.). Not living anywhere near the Grand Canyon, I can say with certainty that being a member of the GCA is the next best thing to being there. Last year I attended their annual Members' Weekend at the Canyon. It was a great weekend of seminars and fellowship with other supporters/advocates of Grand Canyon National Park.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen the results of the Association's work all over the park, from the buildings they have renovated to the outstanding informational/educational materials they offer to visitors of Grand Canyon National Park...(not to mention all of the behind-the-scenes work they have done for park improvements over the years.)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None that I can think of...great organization!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The South Rim, the North Rim, the River, the Plateau, the Community, the Country, the World...Grand Canyon Association has successfully and proudly stood as the nonprofit arm of the Grand Canyon National Park for almost 80 years. At the end of the day, every visitor to this Crown Jewel of a Park, somehow, someway benefits from the excellent work this organization does in partnership with the National Park Service!
We invite everyone who loves the Grand Canyon National Park to join us in our mission to Inspire, Educate and Protect! BE A PART OF SOMETHING GRAND!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

all that we do to enhace the wonderous experience for visitors to the Park and those who can only visit from afar. From books, hikes, hand puppets, hats, maps, lectures, postcards, magnets newletters, web site, river trips, art shows, visitor centers, to our volunteers and staff and Board, we provide something for everyone!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to greatly expand our outreach and membership worldwide.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

The support provided to the Grand Canyon National Park by the Grand Canyon Association has enhanced both the preservation of this world wonder and provided information and education for the millions of visitors that have ventured to wonder in awe at naure's ever evolving creation. This non-profit organization works tirelessly to educate the public, including school children through it's Travellin' Trunk progarm, public free lecture series, the promotion of artist's impressions of the Canyon in the annual Celebration of Art, an expanding membership program, numerous educational publications available at GCA bookstores, support of NPS science and research programs and creating a new awareness that this national treasure needs the financial assistance from individual and corporate donations as federal funding is reduced. I am proud of the work we do and humbled to be a member of the Grand Canyon Association.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Increased financial and non-fiancial support to Grand Canyon National Park.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to work on involving the public as to the need for both financial and non-financial support of Grand Canyon National Park and our National Park system nation-wide.

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