We have exciting news for San Gabriel Mountains Forever!
It’s been almost 10 years since we officially launched the San Gabriel Mountains Forever campaign as a coalition made up of local and national organizations working on environmental protection and social justice.
Last week, we began transitioning to become a 501c3 nonprofit organization, by signing an agreement for Community Partners to be our fiscal sponsor. Developing from a campaign to an organization — it’s a big step!
By institutionalizing as a fiscally sponsored entity, we become stronger and more prepared to expand our work on policies, projects, and programs to protect our open, green spaces while also benefiting our communities.
“We are thrilled to have San Gabriel Mountains Forever join our competitive fiscal sponsorship program, and look forward to supporting the development of this critically important network,” said Judy Harper, Sr. Program Director at Community Partners. “We are confident that the coalition will intensify and accelerate its impact — building leadership, strong advocacy and increased access to the San Gabriel Mountains and beyond.”
Another exciting step for us is the completion of our first annual impact report (above is a photo with coalition members holding a printed version).
2016 was a stellar year for us. On the legislative front, we were instrumental in helping the transportation and parks measures pass in Los Angeles County. We celebrated five years of our Leadership Academy with the graduation of our 10th cohort, and and we grew our program to engage and empower local leaders. In the field, we supported transit-to-trails efforts, provided the U.S. Forest Service with valuable guidance on shaping a plan for managing the national monument, and led or supported projects to improve the region for our communities.
Our focus remains on protecting our mountains and parks, providing access and environmental justice, and developing the next generation of environmental stewards. Since the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument was designated in 2014, we have developed a new course to help shape our vision for the region. We’ll continue to keep you updated on our progress!