Get Back to Nature

Get Back
to Nature

The Great Outdoors has always provided us with a route to take.

Today you can choose yours.

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The Great Outdoors Fund is a nonprofit organization developed to protect access to our greatest gift — Mother Nature

We support sustainable outdoor recreation and conservation for current and future generations by encouraging people to get back to nature, reminding them why it’s worth protecting – because you can’t love it if you don’t know it.

The Reality

Our country's public agencies can no longer support the growing gap between needs and resources. Due to dilapidated and outdated infrastructure – with more than $100 billion in backlog maintenance nationwide – access to public lands is dwindling. From city parks to national forests, the places that are dedicated to serving as recreational escapes for the American people are at risk of being lost forever.
It's up to us to save them.

How We Do It

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Funding is distributed in the form of grants to assist America's public agencies in providing a full-range of high-quality, year-round recreation opportunities through public-private partnerships.

Compass

Recreation

Our Focus is Your Focus

Your generosity will provide support for the following:

Enhance

  • Infrastructure
  • Access
  • Habitat

Inspire

  • Education
  • Information
  • Outreach

Protect

  • Monitor
  • Evaluate
  • Research

After you get back to nature
Give back to nature

About Us

The Great Outdoors Fund is the only national nonprofit solely focused on protecting access to the great outdoors and enhancing recreation infrastructure.

Outdoor recreation has long been proven to positively impact our physical and mental well-being and instills an inherent love and appreciation of nature in those connected to the environment.

It’s on us to encourage everyone to get back to nature and remind them why we need to invest in a positive outcome for our environment.

Our Board

LORI McCULLOUGH>

CEO, Executive Director

GINNY KING>

Chairperson

BRAD FRANKLIN>

Treasurer

BRADY BRAMMER>

Secretary

ANDY TREHARNE>

Board Member

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LORI McCULLOUGH

CEO, Executive Director

Lori McCullough has more than 25 years' experience as a CEO and Executive Director in the conservation and outdoor recreation communities. As a graduate of Duke University’s Executive Leadership and Nonprofit Management program, Lori has spent her career working with leaders of Fortune 500 companies, natural resource agencies, non-government organizations and special interest groups to build hundreds of lasting partnerships to protect recreation access and opportunities around the world. Her passion for promoting responsible recreation and an outdoor lifestyle, combined with her commitment to helping keep the great outdoors open for the benefit and enjoyment of all people played an integral part in the establishment of The Great Outdoors Fund.

GINNY KING

Chair of the Board

Ginny King is a Geologist with more than 28 years of expertise in areas such as Natural Capital, Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), Comprehensive Environmental Response Conservation Liability Act (CERCLA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Oil Pollution Act (OPA), Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plans (SPCC), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Land Management, Sustainability, as well as numerous international environmental regulatory arenas. Ginny’s projects include designing and executing strategies resolving complicated issues for sites involving non-technical stakeholders and public opposition, utilizing both through public and private partnerships, including non-government organizations, and conservation entities.

BRAD FRANKLIN

Treasurer

Brad Franklin has been involved with the outdoor recreation industry for more than 30 years, most currently with Yamaha Motor Corporation USA. For the last 15 years, he has served as Government Relations Manager, directly involved with vehicle compliance and regulatory issues, as well as land and water access issues. Prior to his involvement with Yamaha, Franklin worked for American Suzuki Motors. Brad also serves as Chairman of the American Watercraft Association and is an active member on many committees of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), as well as a board member for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and the Off-Road Business Association.

BRADY BRAMMER

Secretary

Brady Brammer is an attorney with diverse knowledge in business matters including, but not limited to nonprofit organizations. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Brady is a member of the American Bar Association, Utah Bar Association, and California Bar Association. He is Co-Founder of the Board of Advisors which meets monthly to discuss early-stage startups and provide guidance, direction, and resources to startup companies.

ANDY TREHARNE

Board Member

Andy Treharne joined the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) as a State Program Manager for the Western United States in October 2011 and is an appointed member of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Sportsmen's Roundtable and the Colorado Habitat Stamp Committee. Prior to joining CSF, he served as the Policy Director for the House Republicans in the Colorado General Assembly where he supported a 33-member caucus through agenda development, policy and budget analysis, and regulatory monitoring. Additionally, he has worked as a Legislative Aide in the Colorado House of Representatives and as a staff member for U.S. Senator Wayne Allard (CO) in Grand Junction, Colorado, and Washington, D.C.