HISTORY OF THE BENEFACTORS OF RED ROCK STATE PARK
In Late 2003 Red Rock State Park volunteer leaders and staff saw the need to obtain outside funds for projects and activities that would not be funded by Arizona Parks, but were consistent with the Park’s mission, but were consistent with the parks mission. They took the initial steps to form a “Friends” group for the Park.
The group adopted a mission statement and selected the name “Benefactors of Red Rock State Park” which best reflected the relationship of the new organization to the Park. A Board of eight members was established and a set of officers was elected. In April 2004 the Internal Revenue Service approved the Benefactors as a 501C3 charitable organization.
Since the 2004 inception the benefactors have underwritten a wide variety of projects at the Park and also played a major role in the advocacy and fundraising efforts that were ultimately successful in preserving the basic operation of the Park during drastic reductions of State financial repot during the Great Recession. The Benefactors have continued adjusting their roles and activities to the most pressing needs of the Park at any given time.