2014 Annual Report


25 Years Strong, Shaping Our West

For over 25 years, Sonoran Institute has been a pioneer in efforts to unite and celebrate the best of Western culture, history, nature and urban spaces by making connections, seeking practical solutions and promoting long-term sustainability. View and download our 2014 Annual Report to see all that we've done up through 2014 and what we plan on doing as we move forward.

2040 Vision

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Strategic Framework

For the last 25 years, we have been successfully helping people in the West build the communities they want to live in while preserving the West that brought them here. Discover our vision for our next 25 years. 

Our Letter to You

Read our 2040 Vision 


The Sonoran Institute’s mission is to connect people and communities with the
natural resources that nourish and sustain them. We work at the nexus of commerce,
community, and conservation to help people in the North American West build the
communities they want to live in while preserving the values which brought them here.
We envision a West where civil dialogue and collaboration are hallmarks of decision
making, where people and wildlife live in harmony, and where clean water, air, and
energy are assured.

What Success Will Look Like

We are optimists. Despite the challenges facing the West, the Sonoran Institute believes that our region can experience a sustained prosperity and a renewed sense of community stewardship through civil dialogue and collaboration that transcends today’s divisive political environment. We envision a
future where:

• Wildlife thrives with plenty of room to roam.

• Scenic vistas and open spaces are preserved.

• There is enough water for people and wildlife.

• Communities have access to clean, safe, and reliable sources of energy.

• Transportation systems improve livability and enhance economic prosperity.

• Development integrates open space and multiple uses.

These are the hallmarks of successful communities that contribute to a vibrant regional economy and, ultimately, to a future West we can all embrace


A Collaborative, Community-based Approach

Since 1990, the Sonoran Institute has brought together diverse interests to successfully forge effective and enduring conservation solutions in the face of rapid growth and change. Through civil dialogue, collaboration, and capacitybuilding, we work with local communities and partners toward a shared vision of lasting prosperity. We have assisted others in better understanding the drivers of change
and their implications for their quality of life. The constancy of change has always been a narrative thread in explaining the work of the Sonoran Institute. Rather than resist change,we have helped others embrace it and ultimately emerge the better from it.