Frequently Asked Questions

The Next Generation Fund is a critical endowment fund created in 2006 by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy to meet the challenges of connecting the next generation of youth with nature.

Q. What is the purpose of NGF?

A. The Next Generation Fund is a critical endowment fund created in 2006 by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy to meet the challenges of connecting the next generation of children with nature. An increasingly high-tech world and associated lifestyle are putting this vital relationship between children and nature at risk. The Next Generation Fund strives to capture the hearts, minds and funding necessary to secure the future for the educational programs at Rocky Mountain National Park. With the Fund’s help we can take advantage of the park’s greatest asset – the ability to inspire life-long appreciation of nature through youth programs led by highly trained educators and rangers. Through unmatched learning opportunities, connections to this unique park are forged that will be passed on from generation to generation.

Q. Why would anyone give to a public park that is financed by the federal government?

A. The Next Generation Fund was designed to provide services and programs that go beyond the capabilities of Federal tax-supported funding. It is hard to believe that we have to raise awareness, let alone the funds, to make sure our children don’t miss out on their own priceless heritage.

 Q. What is the Rocky Mountain Conservancy’s relationship with the National Park Service?

A. The Rocky Mountain Conservancy is one of sixty-five Cooperating Associations nationwide working in partnership with America’s national parks. Established on July 8, 1931, The Rocky Mountain Conservancy is one of the oldest such organizations in the nation. Its nonprofit, corporate charter was issued on June 20, 1955.  The Rocky Mountain Conservancy promotes the understanding of Rocky Mountain National Park and similar public lands through interpretive or educational publications and programs; advances stewardship through philanthropy for Rocky Mountain National Park and similar public lands; protects, restores, maintains and preserves land and historic sites in Rocky Mountain National Park and elsewhere in the Rocky Mountain West.

 Q. What kinds of projects are selected?

A. To be selected for support by the Next Generation Fund, an idea or program must have two essential characteristics:

  • It MUST connect kids to nature;
  • It MUST be measurable.

In trying to change the values and attitudes of an entire generation, funded programs must produce measurable results. If we create stewards, even one-at-a-time, these values will spread through society as they have in the past.

 Q. Who governs the Next Generation Fund?

A. The Next Generation Fund is administered by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy on behalf of its educational partnership with Rocky Mountain National Park. This assures that donations to the Fund are tax-deductible under the Rocky Mountain Conservancy nonprofit 501(c)(3) status. Funds raised to support federal programs must be raised pursuant to a fundraising agreement that documents the purpose and methods of fundraising and the disposition of funds raised. Decisions on fundraising methods, investment policy, allocation of funds to be spent and accountability are guided by law and are the responsibility of the Rocky Mountain Conservancy under the terms of its cooperating and fundraising agreements.

Q. Can there be corporate sponsors?

A. Yes. Corporate donors should contact the Rocky Mountain Conservancy as follows:

Rocky Mountain Conservancy
Attn: Development
PO Box 3100
Estes Park CO 80517

Or call:

970-586-0108 x 11