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Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment

Mission: Founded in 1983, the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance builds strong and lasting public support for wilderness preservation by focusing its attention on grassroots activists and public outreach campaigns. By building personal relationships and empowering citizens who love Utah''s wild lands, we have built a movement that has endured for over twenty years. Our allegiance of fiercely loyal defenders of Utah wilderness is reflected in our continued success: the annual increase of activists, the number of anti-wilderness proposals defeated, and the record support obtained for America''s Redrock Wilderness Act.

Programs: SUWA's two major campaigns are to: 1) build grassroots and congressional support for positive wilderness legislation, and 2) defend Utah's wilderness-quality public lands from threats, including off-road vehicles, R.S. 2477 "ghost" road claims, and oil and gas exploration and development.

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4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

Writing this in Jan 2014, I have to report that the current Charity Navigator rating for SUWA is 4 stars, the maximum. SUWA is wonderfully active and effective in its efforts to preserve the uniquely gorgeous and inspiring scenery and wilderness status of Utah's natural wonders from so many varied governmental and commercial assaults. No other organization has this specific and necessary focus. Especially if you have ever traveled through any part of scenic southern Utah and been inspired by its beauty, do not hesitate to support this grassroots organization of truly dedicated people.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a former employee of the Bureau of Land Management, and I've seen SUWA doing effective work both on the ground in Utah and in Washington DC. They have organized grassroots support in Utah and around the country for protection of the outstanding Utah canyon country managed by BLM. The results so far include establishment of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and identification by BLM of millions of acres that meet wilderness criteria. The big task ahead is to persuade Congress to give permanent protection to those lands as wilderness.

Review from CharityNavigator


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I have been reviewing SUWA's financial documents and ratings from various sources. Charity Navigator lists SUWA as only 2 stars out of 4 because of its declining growing and revenue sources. As a result, its capacity rating is down to a 1 star out of 4.

After reviewing the tax forms, it is obvious that a good portion of the salaries of SUWA's 21 employees are tucked away under program costs, even though programs are not their general function. That shift did make their administrative costs look better but it was not enough to rescue them from one of the lowest ratings of the environmental nonprofits.

Review from Guidestar


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group remains committed to protecting the wildlands of Southern Utah from off-road vehicle abuse and energy development. They promote a wilderness bill in Congress, America's Red Rock Wilderness Act, which would designate 9.5 million acres of federal public land in Utah as wilderness. Their legal and grassroots work to protect the lands proposed for wilderness.