Friends Of Saguaro National Park Inc

Rating: 4.94 stars   119 reviews

Issues: Environment, Philanthropy, Sports

Location: P.O. Box 18998 Tucson AZ 85731 USA

Mission: We are the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service at Saguaro, with the mission to help preserve, protect and enhance the fragile environment and unique cultural heritage of the Sonoran Desert at Saguaro National Park by promoting citizen and corporate stewardship through philanthropy, volunteerism, advocacy and public education.
Programs: FOSNP provides the Park with financial support for projects that help protect its wildlife and habitat.  These include annual saguaro monitoring (and decennial saguaro census), Sonoran desert tortoise conservation, Gila monster conservation, mountain lion and bobcat research, and ecological monitoring activities.
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EIN 86-0842503
520-733-8610
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Friends of Saguaro is a very effective organization that supports many valuable programs at Saguaro National Park, including environmental education, scientific research, and the recent visitor center upgrades. The Executive Director, Bob, and the board are very responsive to the needs of the park, and also serve an important role in connecting the park to the Tucson community. Thanks, FOSNP!

 
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Friends of Saguaro helps to support the park's education, preservation, and research programs, allowing a level of stewardship that would not be possible without their grants to the park. In addition to supporting curriculum-based environmental programs for local students, they also support youth backpacking programs, wildlife research, community events at the park and in the local community and more. The board and staff (paid staff of only one!) is enthusiastic and dedicated to supporting the park. Thanks for your hard work and support Friends of Saguaro!

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Friend's of Saguaro National Park is a wonderful organization that genuinely supports and cares for Tucson's backyard Saguaro National Park. All the board members are extremely involved in the park' s events, well being and success. I have personally witnessed this Friend's group join together in order to provide Saguaro NP with the support needed for youth intiatives, local community events, resource management projects and staff needs. It is an awesome organization and Saguaro National Park is lucky to have them as friends!

 
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Friends of Saguaro National Park does a remarkable job of supporting this park in the preservation of these resources for future generations to enjoy. Please take the time to help this organization in its most noble mission.

 
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As a full-time employee of the National Park Service who has the privilege of working at Saguaro National Park, I am continually amazed by the energy and imagination shown by the people at Friends of Saguaro National Park, Inc. As is the case with our volunteers, the work that Friends of Saguaro does is absolutely crucial to our success. In the face of continuing urban encroachment and the threat of losing more plant and animal species within our park, the role that this organization plays at Saguaro National Park will become all the more important. Please take the time to support this fine organization.

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I would like to give this organization greater exposure in the media so that it could broadcast its work and need for support to a larger audience.

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Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I have worked closely with the Friends of Saguaro National Park as a consultant and partner. The organization is well-run with a top notch executive director and strong board. The Friends are very much aligned with the park in terms of priorities and provide funding for strategic initiatives in education, research and the visitor experience. The National Park Foundation is proud to have worked closely with the Friends on several projects, including new exhibits at the visitor center.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I worked closely with Friends of Saguaro in the past, and they have always demonstrated a genuine passion for the park and community. Their work with Teacher-Ranger-Teacher and research with the University of Arizona and Saguaro National Park is a testimony to their passion to bring the needs of the park to the awareness of the community. In addition, their volunteer work to fight back buffelgrass was exceptional. Although FOSNP is a smaller organization than that of some of the larger parks - they gathered up to 25-40 volunteers to pull buffelgrass into the early afternoon.

Bob Newtson is a generous person with an exceptional ability to build partnerships with board members and businesses in the community.

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2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

FoSNP is a great group that has provided incredible added value to managing Sagauro National Park's wilderness and wildlife resources. Professional staff, strong ties to the community, and great events.

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Very Well

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2012

 
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I have worked with the Friends since they started in 1997. They are well-run and efficient, and they make a huge difference by providing support to make Saguaro National Park, outside Tucson, Arizona, one of the best parks in the nation. One of their current projects, studying Gila monster lizards, will contribute greatly to conservation of this sensitive and little-known reptile.

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2012

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I've worked with the Friends of Saguaro National Park almost since their inception - the last nine years, I've been an advisor to their board. They are a group of dedicated supporters who go out of their way to raise money to support park programs and allow Saguaro National Park to be the best that it can be. They have supported numerous resource inventories and studies in the park--for example, an in-depth inventory of the Madrona riparian area, studies of black bears, desert tortoises and gila monsters, and a once-a-decade inventory of saguaro cactus plants. They have a very low overhead so I know my money is going into programs.

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Better information about the resources in the park have led to better educational programs and management decisions that protect those resources for future generations.

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

More active involvement of all board members in learning about the park and in planning fund raisers to support park programs.

 
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5 people found this review helpful

This organziation has done a wonderful job funding projects that help conserve the Sonoran Desert. They are fiscally responsible, and make every dollar count.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic and helpful

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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