FRIENDS OF SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK INC

Rating: 4.94 stars   118 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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Rating: 5 stars  

Friends of Saguaro does a fantastic job with facilitating access to all the Park has to offer. They make it easy to do everything from a group educational field trip, to an individual brief hike on a weekend. In all my visits to the Park with friends and family of different ages, there has been something for everyone. I will keep coming back!

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Friends of Saguaro is a terrific organization that really promotes the national park well and ensures that visitors and potential visitors can take full advantage of the park's resources. I have visited many national parks and have not had the same experience with other affiliated groups. Because of Friends of Saguaro my family and I had a wonderful experience at the park and will hopefully be back soon!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its reach to ensure that the park is able to cope with the significant environmental challenges it faces.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a business owner, our family is asked to help out a wide variety of charitable efforts. Friends of Saguaro National Park is top on our list of who we help as we know how everything goes to the mission of supporting Tucson's national park. Though, obviously as a national park this is one of our country's most valued places, it does not receive the attention other more famous locations do. This reality makes the Friends efforts even more important, and they are doing it the right way. Everyone who appreciates the very important role our national park has in what is special about Tucson and Pima county should support this group.

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Friends of Saguaro NP is involved in almost every aspect of the operation and upkeep of this twin park (both east and west of Tucson) in the lush upper Sonoran Desert. FOSNP is involved in trail maintenance, bufflegrass removal, monetary and administrative support to the park and research involving the myriad plants and animals found in the park. I am proud to be a donor to FOSNP and a frequent visitor to SNP, both east and west.

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I consider FOSNP one of the best non-profits I am involved with. The communications to donors from the Executive Director are timely and informative. I feel support for the National Parks is especially critical at a time when government funding is unreliable. The Friends group not only is helping preserve this national asset but it enhances the experience for all park visitors.

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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?

2014

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The organization is a wonderful adjunct to the Park and helps provide the margin of excellence federal funding is unable to provide. The organization's Director is an excellent communicator and knows how to deal with donors respectfully. I have donated both funding and art to be auctioned to support the Friends.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have thoroughly enjoyed feeling that I have made a difference in enhancing one of our national Parks. Although I leave several thousands miles away from the Park I am committed to the friends group.

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

very friendly and dedicated to the organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help the Park Service rebuild one of the Park visitor's centers. I recently saw such a center funded by private funding in Pecos National Park in New Mexico and it is superb.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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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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Definitely

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

Definitely

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Definitely

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2014

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FOSNP helps the park manage its resources which are set aside to preserve and protect for the enjoyment of future generations. FOSNP puts the donated dollars to tangible and realized projects that as a donor can see the effectiveness of FOSNP dollars, as a volunteer can appreciate the support FOSNP gives to programs, and as a visitor can see the improvements/enhancements FOSNP dollars mean to maintaining park facilities.

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Likely

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Definitely

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

We first visited Saguaro in 2005 on a cross country motorcycle trip. We have donated to the Friends ever since that time, and have also visited the park two additional times from our home state of Vermont, always impressed with the initiatives they have wisely undertaken to help the park's flora and fauna deal with the combined effects of long-term drought, overuse of local water resources, global climate change, and shortfalls in federal funding. They leave no stone unturned, and their efforts from "Adopt a Saguaro" to fundraising auctions to the encouragement of volunteerism have born fruit. We applaud their initiative and the positive results they have brought. All of us benefit.

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

Reach out to donors to fund a student work program, that might include international volunteers supported by local home stays.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

By supporting FRIENDS, we are able to invest in one of Tucson's (and America's) gems, Saguaro National Park. We are so fortunate to have two biotic communities in the Tucson Mountain district and six biotic communities in the Rincon district, both hosting a variety of plants and animals. We make donations yearly and have done so since we moved to Tucson six years ago.

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When my husband and I moved to Tucson 7 years ago, we began making donations to Friends of Saguaro National Park - as it supports Tucson's "backyard", which is so important to our community. In the past four years we have made FOSNP our main charitable donation as we have worked with and learned more about how well they handle the money provided to them, and serve such a vital role in maintaining wonderful Saguaro National Park.

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Twenty years ago my husband and I did not even know that a Suaguaro NM existed. We were looking for a new place to visit and picked Tucson off the map strictly by accident. During our week of camping we were enthralled with the magnificent tall plant that dominated the skyline. We had fun giving personalities to the strange contortions which endures this plant. You have to go to AZ to see these magnificent old giants as they are unique to the state. A few years later we bought a house across the street from the park boundry and soon after it was designated a National Park. We became members of Fsnp about the same time and have been proud to be supporters with our donations. They keep us abreast of their work in maintaining the environment so people can enjoy the trails, wildlife, and desert plants. They also inform us when special projects are being planned. We have adopted saguaros and supported projects over the years. We are older now and cannot walk the trails anymore but we will always look out from our driveways and be thankful that there is a nonprofit taking care of this spectacular scenery and we can still drive through the park and show it to our friends.

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How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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