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What is the Grand Canyon Fund?

By RaftArizona • January 6, 2020

Wondering where your $1 a day donation goes? Here is some information about the Grand Canyon Fund from the Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association.

The Grand Canyon Fund (GCF) was created in 1988. It is a 501(c)(3) Arizona non-profit public charity proudly managed by the sixteen licensed river concessioners at Grand Canyon National Park via their trade association known as Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association (GCROA). Each river season, commercial rafting guests voluntarily make small monetary donations (usually a minimum of $1 per person per day of their commercial river trip) to the GCF. Additional direct donations are also gladly accepted! This is the major source by which the GCF raises approximately $100,000 per year. There are no overhead costs to the management of the Grand Canyon Fund, and 100% of the annual donations are usually given as grants to worthy applicants each year. To date, the GCF has granted approximately $1.8 million to qualified applicants.

The GCF supports non-profit public interest organizations actively involved in one of two areas:

1. The protection and/or conservation of the natural, cultural, historic and recreational resources of the Grand Canyon with a particular emphasis on the Colorado River corridor, or

2. The assistance of groups or individuals burdened with physical disabilities and/or socioeconomic impediments who seek and may substantially benefit from a Grand Canyon river experience.

An amazing 90% of guests choose to participate in donating to this wonderful cause. If we all give a little bit, we can make a big difference!