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.


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 Due to dilapidated and outdated infrastructure – with more than $100 billion in backlog maintenance nationwide – access to public lands is dwindling.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 and nonprofit partners in providing a full range of high-quality, year-round recreation opportunities through public-private partnerships.



Our Focus is Your Focus

Your generosity will provide support for the following:


  • Infrastructure
  • Access
  • Habitat


  • Education
  • Information
  • Outreach


  • Monitor
  • Evaluate
  • Research

After you get back to nature
Give back to nature

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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








Vice Chairman






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.


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 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 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.


Vice Chairman

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.


Board Member

Mark Trivette currently serves as Chief Executive Officer at Aspira and has more than 20 years of experience working in various leadership roles for software and technology companies. Prior to Aspira, Mark was the Chief Financial Officer of ACTIVE Network, where he helped lead the company to its sale in 2017. Prior to ACTIVE, Mark was CFO-Americas for SourceHOV, a global provider of transaction processing solutions and services. Mark also served as CFO of BancTec, which was acquired by SourceHOV in 2014. Prior to becoming CFO of BancTec, he served as the company’s Chief Accounting Officer and Executive Vice President of Finance. Prior to his roles with BancTec, Mark was Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller for i2 Technologies, and began his career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen. Mark is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds a BS in Finance and Accounting from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.



Pavi Athickal, MS, CA, CPA, CMA started his accounting career with working for a prestigious accounting firm in Mumbai while completing the Chartered Accountancy program and subsequently qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. He completed his Master's Degree in Accounting from the University of Texas, Arlington and has been professionally qualified as a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant. Pavi is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, has worked as in both corporate and CPA firm environments and as a financial expert in accounting fraud litigation for the plaintiffs and has testified in Courts. Additionally, he has served as owner and Chief Financial Officer for two healthcare services companies. Pavi is currently working as a Financial Consultant for a Healthcare holding company in Texas.