Grand Canyon Conservancy | 2020 Annual Report





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2020 Board of Directors

2020 GCC Executive Team


Breathtaking from the moment you first cast eyes on

it, Grand Canyon is just that – Grand. The natural and

cultural significance of Grand Canyon makes it one of the

Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World

Heritage site. It is a sacred place of serenity and reflection

that invites exploration and adventure, instillingboth

gratitude and humility. The Canyon is a cultural

touchstone for those who came before and those who

have yet to come.

Grand Canyon Conservancy’s vision for Grand Canyon is:

• A precious natural and cultural resource that is forever safeguarded.

• Indigenous people and connected communities who are thriving.

• Memorable experiences that welcome, ground, invigorate, and inspire.


To inspire generations of park champions to

cherish and support the natural and cultural

wonder of Grand Canyon.

Teresa Gavigan, Chair

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mitchell Walker, Vice Chair

San Antonio, Texas

Lizabeth Ardisana

Orchard Lake, Michigan

Ann Becker

Fountain Hills, Arizona

Randall Brown

Dallas, Texas

Kathryn Campana

Scottsdale, Arizona

Awenate Cobbina

Detroit, Michigan

Jason Coochwytewa

Phoenix, Arizona

Nigel Finney

Rio Verde, Arizona

Eric Fraint

Moorestown, New Jersey

Deborah M. Gage

Dallas, Texas

Teresa Kline

Dunwoody, Georgia

Alejandra Lillo

Los Angeles, California

Shantini Munthree

Oakland, California

Mark Schiavoni

Paradise Valley, Arizona

Stan Sutherland

Flagstaff, Arizona

Merl E. Waschler

Scottsdale, Arizona

Tyson Winarski

Mountain View, California

Theresa McMullan

Chief Executive Officer

Marie Buck

Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer

Darin Geiger

Director of Operations

Minyin Hart

Director of Finance

Laura Jones

Chief of Staff/Corporate Secretary

Mindy Riesenberg

Director of Marketing & Communications

Danielle Segura

Chief Philanthropy Officer

Photo by Grand Canyon NPS.

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L-R: Theresa McMullan, CEO, and Teresa Gavigan, Board Chair. Photo by Veronica Tierney.

Dear Friend,

2020 was extraordinary by any measure and was undoubtedly a year we will never

forget. When we think back to March, it was a time of uncertainty and change—

of creatively finding ways to fulfill our mission in a completely different environment.

The park was closed for over a month. And, one year later, some of our retail

stores are still closed and our full schedule of on-site education programs has

yet to resume.

While park visitor centers have remained closed, our retail team has served the

public with information to provide for their safety and ensure a meaningful visit.

Hand-in-hand with the park staff, we shifted to virtual programming for kids and

adults to connect people throughout the world to the wonders of Grand Canyon.

In 2020, we welcomed a new superintendent, Ed Keable. Thanks to you, Ed and

his staff have continued their important work with wildlife, vegetation, trails, and

building conservation, to name a few. They’ve also continued to work to strengthen

relationships with members of the 11 tribes associated with Grand Canyon and to

provide more opportunities for tribal members at places like Desert View.

As the world changed around us, we also reviewed our mission and vision

statements and updated them to better reflect the work GCC does now and the

goals we have for the future. As we look to 2021, we are committed to the urgency

of our new mission statement—to inspire generations of park champions to cherish

and support the natural and cultural wonder of Grand Canyon.

On behalf of the GCC Board of Directors and Staff, thanks for being part

of something GRAND!



Teresa Gavigan, Board Chair

Theresa McMullan, CEO

Photo by Ross Joyner on Unsplash.

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Desert View Inter-tribal

Cultural Heritage Site

A New Era Celebrating Tribal Heritage Begins

at Grand Canyon National Park

The Desert View Inter-tribal Cultural Heritage Site will convey a new relationship

and partnership between American Indian tribes and the National Park Service,

elevating Grand Canyon through the voices and human stories of the park’s

traditionally associated tribes.

The Inter-tribal Working Group developing this project comprises representatives

from the 11 traditionally associated Grand Canyon tribes, the National Park Service/

Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon Conservancy, the American Indian

Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA), and park concessioners. This group is

working with a design team led by artist and designer Andy Dufford, who designed

Mather Amphitheater and the Tribal Medallion near Mather Point.

Photo by Lear Miller.

Photo by Grand Canyon NPS.

Planning and designs for Desert View were completed in 2020, with work

beginning in early 2021, including the rearrangement of the site to include a new

Tribal Welcome Center and an outdoor demonstration area, more accessible

pathways, the renovation of the amphitheater, new shade structures and picnic

areas, and upgrades to the parking lots. All of these new features have been

designed to honor and respect the tribal relationships with the land.

As part of the park’s commitment to highlighting the cultural heritage of Grand

Canyon’s first people, the Cultural Demonstration Series hosted 18 tribal artists

at the beginning of 2020. This series was suspended in mid-March 2020 due to

COVID-19. The park and Grand Canyon Conservancy worked together to swiftly

launch a digital format, developing a section of Grand Canyon Conservancy’s

website that is dedicated to the Cultural Demonstration Series. Viewers can explore

demonstrators by craft (carvers, jewelers, painters, potters, weavers, and other)

and learn more about the people and the artworks they create. To learn more, visit

Phase Two (construction) for Desert View is a $6.5 million project. Through

2020, $3.3 million has been raised.

Phase Two Project Partners

Concept rendering by Andy Dufford.

and The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation

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Educating the

Next Generation

of Canyon Stewards

Cédric Dhaenens

Photo by Cédric Dhaenens on Unsplash.


Ranger Andy Pearce conducting a distance learning class. Photo by Mindy Riesenberg.

“The Distance Learning programs allow ALL students access.

Those who are still at home often feel isolated and like they are

missing out. These programs help build a sense of community

among our learners. It is really a wonderful program.”

– Debbie Voris, 5th Grade Teacher, Hopi Elementary School, Phoenix, AZ

Distance Learning Studio Brings

Rangers to Classrooms and Homes

Grand Canyon National Park’s Distance Learning program took center stage in 2020 due

to the challenges of in-person learning during the pandemic. With many students learning

from home, the park provided online educational programming to students across the

country and around the world.

In 2020, Grand Canyon Conservancy funding provided new, more versatile camera

and computer equipment for the Distance Learning Studio, allowing the park to reach

3,768 students of all ages. The staff of trained educators also improved the curriculum,

implementing new methodologies and best practices in education to create inclusive



Canyon Field School @Home

Provides Virtual Modules for

Home-Based Learning

As COVID-19 restrictions prohibited

in-person classes at Grand Canyon, the

Canyon Field School reinvented itself through

an e-learning program called Canyon Field

School @Home. This collaboration between

Grand Canyon Conservancy and the National

Park Service provides curated online content

to parents, educators, clubs, and children

through online videos and downloadable

activity booklets. These fun and focused

learning tools feature modules on geology,

ecology, human history, and dark skies,

keeping Grand Canyon alive in the minds of

our youngest enthusiasts.

Once in-park programming resumes

for students and school groups, Canyon

Field School @Home and other online

educational tools will serve as pre-and

post-visit resources.

Junior Rangers:

Protecting Our Parks

In 2020, 13,280 Grand Canyon National Park

Junior Rangers were sworn in, pledging to

help to preserve and protect our national

parks. This program teaches children about

the nature and history of Grand Canyon while

they explore the park and have fun. Since

the Park Visitor Center was closed through

most of 2020, Junior Ranger activity books

were available at Grand Canyon Conservancy

stores. Once completed, kids received Junior

Ranger badges and signed certificates.



Science, Wildlife,

and Vegetation

Photo by Grand Canyon NPS.



Photo by Grand Canyon NPS.

Bison Relocated to Tribal Nations

A live capture program relocated 57 bison to the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (Kansas),

the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe (South Dakota), Santee Sioux Tribe (Nebraska), and the

Modoc Nation (Oklahoma), helping to achieve herd reduction goals to mitigate the damage to

cultural and natural resources that has occurred due to overpopulation of bison on the

North Rim. Eleven additional bison were outfitted with tracking collars and released to allow

scientists to study bison migratory patterns and population size.

Tracking Monarch Butterflies

Another wildlife program initiated in 2020 focused on monarch butterfly

research. The park hopes to increase the monarch butterfly population

by installing pollinator gardens at the South Rim to monitor butterflies

throughout the park. These gardens will be planted with milkweed,

which is critical to monarch recovery. Monarch butterflies found in

these gardens will be tagged to assist in conservation efforts.

Photo by Unsplash.



Non-Native Fish Control

A multi-year project to reduce the number of non-native brown and rainbow trout in Bright

Angel Creek to benefit native fish populations in Grand Canyon National Park continued in 2020.

Grand Canyon’s native fish are uniquely adapted to the characteristics of the Colorado River

and its tributaries and have suffered severe declines due to human-caused changes to their

habitat. Bright Angel Creek once supported large numbers of native fish, including the endangered

humpback chub. Today, Bright Angel Creek is the main spawning site in Grand Canyon for

non-native brown trout, which are voracious predators of native fish.

Biologists are using two methods to capture and remove non-native trout in lower

Bright Angel Creek during the winter months: a weir, or fish trap, and electro-fishing. The weir

captures large trout that live in the Colorado River as they enter Bright Angel Creek to spawn.

Electro-fishing allows fisheries biologists to monitor and assess the creek’s fish population and

remove non-native trout. Some of the fish caught by these methods are donated to local tribes.

Elk Monitoring

Six collared elk were actively tracked in 2020 by

park scientists, monitoring their movements in and

near Grand Canyon Village to better understand their

seasonal movements and the resources that attract

them. The study aims to allow wildlife managers to

better understand habituated elk ecology in a wildland/

urban environment.

The adult elk are tracked by GPS collars, which are

programmed to collect a GPS location every four hours.

Ultimately, the information collected will help inform an

elk management plan to reduce direct and/or indirect

human supplementation of food and water, decrease

elk attraction to high-use visitor areas, and decrease

the opportunity for negative interactions between elk

and humans.

Photos by Grand Canyon NPS.



Polk Fellowship Interns

Ongoing support was also provided to the Polk Fellowship program, providing two college

students the opportunity to participate in a 10-week paid internship at Grand Canyon

National Park with the Science and Resource Management Division. Damian Johns, a

graduate research assistant in biology at Northern Arizona University, was this year’s wildlife

intern, and Sophie Gronbeck, an environmental studies major at Mount Holyoke College in

Massachusetts, was this year’s vegetation intern.

Highlights of Johns’ internship included capturing and collaring a bull elk, monitoring

California condors, and deploying bioacoustic recorders in remote areas to monitor the

diversity of bat species in Grand Canyon. “I will leave this internship with a new level of

biological knowledge and a rejuvenated motivation to pursue my career goals,” he said. “The

skills that I have acquired this summer will undoubtedly benefit me in my future research


Gronbeck participated in the collection of seeds from native grasses and wildflowers

to restore areas where these plants had been dug up to replace the canyon’s water pipeline,

removed invasive plants, and monitored endangered plants around the North and South

Rim lodging areas. “I have learned more than any textbook could teach me in a summer and

experienced Grand Canyon National Park in a way I never would have expected,” she said.

E-bike at Tuweep. Photo by Mindy Riesenberg.

Demonstration Garden Signage

In 2020, GCC funded the printing and installation of interpretive signage at the Demonstration

Garden located between El Tovar’s dining room and the rim. The garden introduces visitors to the

vast array of botanical diversity in Grand Canyon. With thousands of plant species, the canyon is

more diverse than any other National Park, taking visitors on a botanical journey the equivalent of

an expedition from Canada to Mexico.

Tuweep Provisions

Tuweep is located in a remote section of Grand Canyon National Park, where visitors have a rustic

and uncrowded experience. To patrol the vast area, Ranger Todd Seliga and volunteers ride e-bikes

provided by GCC. In 2020, funding was provided for professional level routine e-bike maintenance,

replacement of worn items, and the purchase of protective equipment for bike patrols. Funding

was also provided for the “Tuweep Experience Project” with artist Amy Martin, including signage,

website content, portraitures, and interviews nourishing area relationships and protecting the

area’s values.

Sarah Ciarrachi, Damian Johns, and Brandon Holton waiting for the immobilization

reversal drugs to take effect after collaring a bull elk on the South Rim.

Photo by Grand Canyon NPS.



Trail Crews Provide Safe Pathways

The corridor trails throughout Grand Canyon were well cared for by Grand Canyon National Park’s trail

crew in 2020. This critical work kept Grand Canyon’s trails safe for the thousands of hikers who trek the

canyon each year.


Cyclic maintenance, or reoccurring maintenance, is the “meat and potatoes” of trail operations,

providing regular care for drains, rebar, and blown out walls; removing rock falls, rock debris, and

fallen trees; and replacing trail tread with fresh dirt. Trail crews undertook this work on all 7.5 miles of

Bright Angel Trail, 3 miles of the South Kaibab Trail from the Trailhead to Mormon Flats, 3 miles of the

North Kaibab Trail from the Trailhead to the Redwall Bridge, and 2 miles of the Colorado River Trail from

Phantom Ranch to Pipe Creek.

Major trail rehabilitation, consisting of heavy stone work, was completed on 262 linear feet of the

South Kaibab Trail and 640 linear feet of the Rim Trail, two creek crossings were completely rehabilitated

along Bright Angel Trail, and a 419-foot stone retention wall was completely laid by hand on the North

Kaibab Trail where the Trans Canyon Water Pipeline had blown out and taken a significant portion of the

trail with it.

Trails Forever Endowment: Providing for the Future

At the end of 2020, thanks to your support, the Trails Forever Endowment held over $3.6 million

to provide for trail restoration in perpetuity. This permanent fund will produce ongoing funds

for the repair and maintenance of trails throughout the park.

On the Trails: Preventive Search and Rescue

Preventive Search and Rescue (PSAR) volunteers reduce the potential harm visitors could get into by

providing “prevention through education.” From April through October, rangers and volunteers deploy to

corridor trails and slowly patrol down into the canyon. They take positions at natural bottlenecks close

to common rest areas to educate visitors descending farther into the canyon on topics such as personal

preparedness and safe hiking practices.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only local volunteers who lived within a five to seven-hour driving

distance from the canyon could work in 2020. Because of this, 25 volunteers were active last year,

as opposed to the usual 65.

Volunteers made

76,310 total contacts

with hikers, taking

12,541 preventive

actions and handling

332 hiker assists.

Photos by Grand Canyon NPS.



Reaching Out

Virtually in 2020

GCC pivoted swiftly to digital and virtual methods of reaching members, friends, students,

and Grand Canyon enthusiasts at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grand Canyon Moments” Video Series

Thanks to a donation from the Arizona Lottery, GCC was able to develop “Grand Canyon Moments,”

a 20-week series of short, two to three-minute educational videos that brought Grand Canyon National Park

to viewers at home. These videos were viewed by approximately 65,000 times by people across

the country and around the world.

Photo by Samantha Borges on Unsplash.

The series topics were:

1 . Dark Skies

2. Ribbon Falls

3 . Springs

4 . Home at Phantom Ranch

5. Wings Over Grand Canyon

6 . Slowing Down

7. Seasons of the North Rim

8. Mary Colter

9. Natural Sound

10. Wildlife

11. The Greenhouse

12. Water

13. Desert View Watchtower

14. Trails

15. Tribal Connections

16 . On the River

17. How Phantom Ranch

Got its Name

18. Preservation of Kolb Studio

19. Grand Canyon Sunset

20. Giving Back

Xplore Grand Canyon App

The Xplore Grand Canyon app, launched on Apple and Android

devices in June 2020, allows people to walk in Grand Canyon

from their own home via virtual and augmented technology.

Users can turn any room into Grand Canyon’s South Rim, walking

along trails and activating educational content curated by GCC

and Grand Canyon National Park. GCC was able to jump into the

realm of virtual reality through the generosity of TimeLooper’s

Foundations Program, which allows cultural institutions and public

lands partners to develop interpretive virtual environments without

financial commitment for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

Cultural Demonstration Series Website

Since 2014, the Cultural Demonstration Series at Grand Canyon

National Park has given members from Grand Canyon’s 11

traditionally associated tribes a platform to share their traditional

crafts with visitors. With in-person events on hold, the park and

GCC dedicated a section of GCC’s website to the series. Viewers

can explore demonstrators by craft (carvers, jewelers, painters,

potters, weavers, and other) and learn more about the people and

the artworks they create.

Facebook Live

In 2020, GCC presented 42 different

Facebook Live videos, featuring

topics such as: the canyon’s geology,

ecology, and human history; events

like Celebration of Art, Trailblazer,

and Star Party; hiking safety tips;

discussions with industry experts

like astronomer Dean Regas and

physician and author Dr. Tom

Myers; the park’s historic buildings;

information on Field Institute classes

and tours; and rim walks and hikes

down trails that showed viewers

different areas and vistas of the

canyon. Over 700,000 people viewed

these live presentations on GCC’s

Facebook platform, engaging and

delighting them in real time with

Grand Canyon.



Star Party

The 30th annual Grand Canyon Star Party was held virtually

June 13–20, 2020. Each evening that week, the park premiered

videos on their Facebook page and hosted a speaker series via

videoconferencing featuring special guest speakers, astronomers,

and park rangers. Astronomers connected video cameras to their

telescopes to share images of the skies with viewers, who could ask

questions in chat rooms online. Star Party was hosted by the National

Park Service, the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association, Focus

Astronomy, and GCC.

Virtual Events Reach

a Wide Audience

Blazing Trails for Grand Canyon

The first Grand Canyon Conservancy Trailblazer event was held the

week of August 23, 2020. Trailblazer invited people to complete

a walk, jog, hike, or bike ride in their favorite National Park or in

their neighborhood to raise funds to help protect and preserve

Grand Canyon National Park. Since many people were unable to

travel to Grand Canyon National Park, live social media videos took

participants along the Rim Trail with GCC staff, sharing stories,

viewpoints, and Grand Canyon history along the way. Participants

were encouraged to get outdoors wherever they could and to share

their journeys on social media. A week’s worth of crowdfunding

raised over $30,000, ensuring that Trailblazer will become an

annual GCC event.

Thank you to our Trailblazer partners

Photo by Logan Mayer on Unsplash.


Special Thanks to Our

Celebration of Art Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors


Lisa Spragens

Kaibab Sponsors

Jeanne & Nigel Finney

Celebration of Art

The 12th annual Celebration of Art (September 12, 2020–February 28, 2021) was a hybrid

of in-person and online events. The exhibition and sale were presented through a gallery

on GCC’s website, where collectors could view and purchase artworks.

In-person activities included two Artist Paint Out sessions, one at Mather Point and one

along the South Rim between Verkamp’s Visitor Center and Thunderbird Lodge. Visitors

had the opportunity to watch the artists interpret the ever-shifting light and shadow,

amazing landforms, and vibrant colors of Grand Canyon. The events were free and open to

the public, and the paintings were available to purchase on-site.

2020 Participating Artists

Joshua Been

Elizabeth Black

Amery Bohling

John Cogan

Michelle Condrat

Bill Cramer

Cody DeLong

Kadin Goldberg

Robert Goldman

Bruce Gomez

Linda Glover Gooch

Susie Hyer

Peggy Immel

Bonnie McGee

Mick McGinty

James McGrew

Michelle Condrat

Betsy Menand

Marcia Molnar

Jose Nunez

Kari Ganoung Ruiz

Matt Sterbenz

Dawn Sutherland

Paula Swain

Special guest artist: Serena Supplee

Marcia Molnar

Coconino Sponsors

Terri Kline

Picerne Fine Art Collection,

Courtesy of Doreen, David, & Danielle Picerne

Amy & Mark Schiavoni

Steve Watson

Tyson Winarski

Sheri Young

Vishnu Sponsors

Anonymous in honor of Arline Tinus

Mark & Donna Levison

Loven Contracting

Janet & Ed Sands

Media Sponsors

American Art Collector

Cowboys & Indians Magazine

Fine Art Connoisseur

Sedona Monthly

Southwest Art Magazine

Western Art Collector

Celebration of Art

raised $156,000 for a

future art venue and

arts programming at

the South Rim.

This year’s award winners were:

People’s Choice Award: Matt Sterbenz

Artists’ Choice Award: Bill Cramer

Best of Show: Elizabeth Black

Cody DeLong

Kadin Goldberg




In 2020, GCC published How Not to Die at Grand Canyon,

by Dr. Tom Myers. This waterproof pocket guide educates Grand Canyon

visitors about the 12 most common hazards that visitors experience, how

to avoid them, and how to perform first aid on the spot. Other publications

included a new edition of The Official Guide to Grand Canyon’s North Rim,

by Stewart Aitchison, and the publication of the 2019 Grand Canyon History

Symposium, Celebrating 100 Years of Grand Canyon National Park. The topselling

books of 2020 were I Am the Grand Canyon, Whose Tail on the Trail

at Grand Canyon, and Grand Canyon Geology.

Photo by Lear Miller.


Thank you

for your generous contributions.

Grand Canyon Conservancy is grateful for the many people, companies, and organizations

that supported Grand Canyon National Park through donations between January 1 and

December 31, 2020. Every effort has been made to ensure that this list is accurate.

Due to space constraints, we are only able to include those who contributed $1,000 or

more. Regardless of the amount, your contribution helps us inspire present and future

generations to protect and preserve Grand Canyon. Multi-year gifts are recognized the

year the pledge was made.

$100,000 +

Arizona Lottery

Arizona State Parks & Trails

Robert and Mary Bricker

Grand Canyon River Heritage Coalition

The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation

National Park Foundation

The Orr Family Foundation

The Raintree Foundation

$50,000 +

Susan and William Ahearn

American Express

Arizona Community Foundation

Delaware North Parks and Resorts

Robert L. Sanders Estate

Lisa Spragens

$25,000 +

Arizona Public Service

Gregory Dixon

Jeanne and Nigel Finney

Sheila Lewis Henry and Allen Henry

Robert and Dee Leggett Foundation

Steven Luff

Margaret T. Morris Foundation

$10,000 +



Lizabeth Ardisana and Greg Rouke

Arch and Laura Brown

In memory of Joshua Colover (Aperture Films)

Dorothy Engel

Teresa Gavigan and Larry Besnoff

In memory of Susan Tinney Geiger

Keri Hensley

Elly and Bob Hostetler

Teresa L. Kline

Theresa McMullan

Nina and Jim Meyer

Zina Mirsky

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Ann and Bruce Peek

Janet and Ed Sands

Mark and Amy Schiavoni

Marsha and Ted Sitterley

Philip M. Smith Estate

Stephen and Elizabeth Watson

Daniel and Donna Winarski

Xanterra South Rim, LLC

Sheri Young

$5,000 +

Darlene and David Barnes

William and Barb Berkley

Don and Ginger Brandt

Brianna and Randall Brown

Kathryn Campana

Sally and Craig Clayton

Corban Fund

CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer

Joann and Paul Delaney

Sydney and Michael Dye

Dye Family Foundation

Mary and Robert Elliott

Eric and Kathryn Fraint Charitable Fund

Jean and John Grove

Kathleen and Michael Hayes

Joanne and John Kirby

Donna and Marc Levison

Melissa Murphy and Todd Zondlo

Mary Ellen and Ken Mylrea

Picerne Fine Art Collection

Jean Quinsey

Frances Rockwell

Carol and Randy Schilling

Susan Schroeder and Gary McNaughton

David Schulz

Mark Siegel

The Skillman Foundation

Michele and Robert Steger

Dawn and Stan Sutherland

Liz and Bill Sweeney

Cheryl Thomsen & Tom Heideman

Susan and Richard Turner

DJ Williams

Tyson Winarski

Your Part-Time Controller, LLC

$2,500 +


Anne and John Barton

Jennalee and Jim Britton

Marie and Dale Buck

Tania Calhoun

Awenate Cobbina

Dorrance Family Foundation

Bernard Ederer

Nancy and Jerry Fogleman

Rich and Patrice Foudy

Four Peaks Brewing Co.

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation

Deborah Gage

Sarah Harris

Johnson & Johnson

Julie and Doug Klapstein

Marilyn Meade and Barbara Whitney

Paula and James Miller

Diane and Gary Morris

Erica Nelson and Steven Schueppert

Parks Project

Linda Parr

The Peck-Bernet Fund

Cynthia and Steven Rizzo

The RORD Foundation

Danielle Segura

Elizabeth and Richard Seney

Malcolm Swift

Stacy and Mitchell Walker

Frank J. Weber Jr.

Barbara Whitney and Marilyn Meade

Woods Construction

Riki Zappone

$1,000 +

Kara and Robert Adams

Benito Almanza

Georgia and Luis Alpizar

Maria and Gary Anderson

Deena Barlev and Robert King

Jeannette and Robert Barnes

John Barto

Joan Baxter

Ann Becker and Brett Lincoln

Janice Dunn Bellucci

Karen Larson and Gary Bicker

Sheila and Bill Bishop

Kay and Hu Blake

Ann and Brian Blue

Dr. Leonard S. Bodell and Ms. Irene Renstram

Michael and Mary Pat Bolner

Penelope and Martin Bowin

Leigh and Jim Bradburn

Sana and Andy Brooks

Jane and Rick Brothers

Patsy and Bill Brunner

Kathy Burrows

The Bydale Foundation

Patricia and Lucien Capone

Barbara and Roger Carter

Patricia Cherney

Carrie Clark and Nathan Moore

Jan and Fritz Clark

Austin Clary

Janet Cohn

Genevieve and John Conley

Steven Conrad

Sue and Rich Cottine

Debra and Jim Davis

Lynn and Patrick de Freitas

Ellen Deibert and Michael Quinn

Carol Delaney

Anne and Michael Descour

Susanne Durling

Fred Edson and Margie Puerta Edson

Lucinda and Kevin Egler

Robert and Prudence Eppers

Dr. Raymond Erny and Dr. Judy McCarthy

W.H. Faulkner

Greg Ferguson

Christine Spivey and Fran Flores

Patricia and Robert Foster

Kathryn and Eric Fraint

Alan Freiden



contributions continued


Brett Gage

Joan Garnett and Ray Abercrombie

Vivianne and Bruce Gold

Dawn and Don Goldman

Michal Rebecca Goodling

Craig Gordon and Barbara Smith

Laura Penny and Steve Gottlieb

Jan Gruner

Ruth Guarino

Ann Guggenbuehler

Martha Hahn

Darroy Hanson

Katherine and Mark Hanson

Donna Hawxhurst

Annie and Tim Heath

Emily and Wade Hogg

Ann and Joseph Hotung

Kimberly and William Hsia

Diane Huey

Denise and James Hunsaker

Merry and Justin Ireland

Joel Ireland

Patricia Ivey and Donald Schroeder

Adriane Jetton

Judie and Erik Kanten

Susan and Laurence Karper

Dr. and Mrs. Brian Kavanagh

Deborah Smith and Ronald Keefe

Harold Kiel

Jacqueline and Tim Kjellberg

Kay and Bill Klavon

Cheryl and Klaus Koch

Candice and Robert Koch

Franklyn Kraus

Ken and Dorothy Lamm

Deborah Stavro Lapides and Murray Lapides

Karen Lerohl Wilson

Rod Limke

Mike Loven

Pat Lucas and Max Quinney

Judith and Matthew Manning

Kate and Bunky Markert

Lauren and Ben Marshall

Mary Marx

Suzanne Miles and Robert Mason

Kristan Hutchison and Joseph Mastroianni

Sharon Mattern

Warren McNaughton

Norm Meier

Victoria Mello

Mellon Family Foundation

Deirdre Mercurio

Susan and Mitch Meyer

Betty and James Craig Miller

David Monet

Jean Moriki

Donna and Roger Muhlenkamp

Christine Duff Muldoon

Thomas M. Murray

Will Murray

John Nau

Bruce Nelson

Judy and Chuck Nesbit

Linda and Scott O’Brien

Richard and Debra Onsager

William Otten

Molly Debysingh Outwater and Richard Outwater

Andrew Overhiser

Linda and Tom Pallas

Angela Parker and Bret Raper

Geni Miller and B. Stephen Parker

Susan and William Pay

Donna Lenherr and Arthur Pearce

Anthony Petullo

Laura and Thomas Pew

Phillips Family

Randy Poulsen

William Powers

Sandra and William Puchlevic

Brenda Rabalais

Boots and Merrill Raber

Michael Raleigh

Margaret Rambikur

Nick Reed

Rebecca Reed

Allen Roberts

Beverly and Jay Roberts

Jeffrey Robinson

Dr. Mark W. Roosa and Mrs. Lynn P. Roosa

John Rowland

Eric Runberg

Dee and A John Rush

Michael Rusing

Lulu Santamaria and Patrice Horstman

Joy and David Schaller

Elise and Paul Schmidt

Donald P. Schroeder

Christine and Michael Schroeder

Ann and Mike Scott

Mrs. Janet Seeds and Dr. Michael Seeds

Martha Sewell

Sandra Shaw

Tracy and Michael Sheehy

Mr. and Mrs. Alan Shore

Dr. Barbara L. Smith and Mr. Craig Gordon

Karen and Iver Sondrol

Kelley and Brent Southwell

Linda and Terry Sparks

Dianne and Steve Sperry

Elizabeth and Jerry Starkey

Joan and Edward Steiner

Tammy and Curtis Stewart

Martha and Don Stoneberger

Cynthia and Bradley Strecker

Stuart Strife

Anne Stupp

Spencer Sun

Sally and David Swenson

Betty Tatro and Frank Romaglia

Dr. Dean G. Taylor

Helen and Ray Taylor

Janice Taylor

Tony Taylor

Dean Jeffery Telego

Phil Telfeyan

Susan and Howard Thiele

Suzanne and John Thomas

Martin and Wendy Tomerlin

Barbara and David Uberuaga

David Van Denburgh

Willem and Johanna Van Kempen

Carol Vaughn and Ken Brewer

Ledella and James von Dorn

Yi Ja and Bruce Wang

Wei Li and Derek Wang

Susan and Merl Waschler

Susan Watkins and Scott Beeman

Ann and David Watson

Tina and Peter Watterberg

Tamara Potter and Joachim Weickmann

Daryl and Chip Weil

Hilarie and Peter Weinstock

Effy and Richard Weisfield

Wells Fargo

Wild Tribute

The Wildland Trekking Company

Joan Winstein

Mrs. Mary Wolk

Marjorie Woodruff and Brad Houston

Elizabeth and Robert Wych

Sangho Yoo

Marjorie and Robert Zamorski

Ms. Carol Zazubek and Mr. Douglas R. Thomas

Bright Angel Circle

The Bright Angel Circle honors forward-thinking

individuals who have made an estate gift or bequest

to Grand Canyon Conservancy. Thank you for helping

us protect and preserve the Grand Canyon for future

generations. Our heartfelt gratitude for your

commitment to our national parks.

New Bright Angel Circle members

in 2020 include:

Eric B. Bowman

Carol Coy

Lynn Donahue

Kurt Grow

Teresa Kline

This list includes donations made between

January 1 and December 31, 2020. Every effort

has been made to ensure that it is accurate

and complete. We apologize if your name

has been omitted or otherwise inaccurately reported.

Please contact us at (800) 858-2808

so we may correct our records.


Call: (800) 858-2808


Photo by Lear Miller.



Statement of Financial Position | December 31, 2020

(with comparative totals for December 31, 2019)


2020 2019

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents $2,651,598 $3,386,638

Investments 10,414,913 10,147,428

Accounts receivable 37,453 45,993

Pledges receivable, current 522,350 326,084

Inventories 817,920 1,259,854

Prepaid expenses 105,249 165,767

Other current assets 58,288 63,488

Liabilities and Net Assets

2020 2019


Accounts payable $272,023 $633,300

Accrued payroll and related liabilities 263,967 375,247

Customer deposits 169,446 249,991

Other current liabilities 17,532 12,318

Total current liabilities 722,968 1,270,856


Photo by Grand Canyon NPS.

Total current assets 14,607,771 15,395,252

Loan payable 1,104,631 -

Fixed assets:

Property, plant and equipment 1,543,773 1,512,399

Accumulated depreciation (1,181,156) ( 1,005,978)

Total fixed assets 362,617 506,421

Other assets:

Investments held for endowment purposes 6,387,633 5,837,360

Pledges receivable, noncurrent, net 122,000 466,000

Total liabilities 1,827,599 1,270,856

Net assets:

Without donor restrictions

Board designated:

Strategic operating reserve 1,741,840 1,654,404

Direct Aid to NPS carryover 1,054,399 523,849

Undesignated: 3,195,667 5,920,498

Total net assets without donor restrictions 5,991,906 8,098,751

Total other assets 6,509,633 6,303,360

With donor restrictions 13,660,516 12,835,426

Total assets $21,480,021 $22,205,033

Total net assets 19,652,422 20,934,177

Total liabilities and net assets $21,480,021 $22,205,033


Statement of Activities

Statement of Financial Position | December 31, 2020

(with comparative totals for December 31, 2019)

Without Donor Restrictions With Donor Restrictions 2020 Total 2019 Total

Revenue, gains and other support:

Sales $5,357,260 - $5,357,260 $12,526,781

Field Institute services 126,707 - 126,707 709,776

Contributions 1,186,943 1,316,846 2,503,789 3,598,194

Memberships 702,619 - 702,619 889,050

Investment gain/(loss) 132,783 1,293,220 1,426,003 1,561,165

Other income 137,436 - 137,436 183,827

Net assets released from restrictions 1,784,976 (1,784,976) - -


Total revenues, gains and other support 9,428,724 825,090 10,253,814 19,468,793

Expenses and losses:

Program A - Sales 3,761,600 - 3,761,600 7,160,214

Program B - Aid to National Park Service 5,112,560 - 5,112,560 6,338,075

Program C - Aid to USDA Forest Service 2,085 - 2,085 21,043

Management and general 1,722,625 - 1,722,625 2,016,971

Fundraising 936,699 - 936,699 850,699

Total expenses 11,535,569 - 11,535,569 16,387,002

Change in net assets (2,106,845) 825,090 (1,281,755) 3,081,791

Net assets, beginning of year 8,098,751 12,835,426 20,934,177 17,852,386

Net assets, end of year $5,991,906 $13,660,516 $19,652,422 $20,934,177

Photo by Grand Canyon NPS.

The amounts presented here are derived from Grand Canyon Conservancy’s

audited financial statements for the year ending December 31, 2020.

A copy of the audited financial statement is available on the GCC website.



Support to the

National Park Service

Total $5,112,560

2020 % of Total

GCC Interpretive Services 3,212,284 62.8%

Arts & Culture 1,025,587 20.1%

Publication Development 261,134 5.1%

Trails Restoration 105,576 2.1%

Conservation: Habitat & Wildlife 263,089 5.1%

Education & Interpretation 237,237 4.6%

Building & Historic Structures 4,390 0.1%

Visitor Services 3,263 0.1%

Photo by Grand Canyon NPS.

Grand Canyon Conservancy inspires generations of

park champions to cherish and support the natural and

cultural wonder of Grand Canyon

P.O. Box 399, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

(800) 858-2808 |

Front and back cover image by Grand Canyon NPS.

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