Mel and Enid Zuckerman, the founders of Canyon Ranch, demonstrate their heartfelt commitment to promoting health and wellness through their active support of organizations dedicated to improving lives. Under their guidance, Canyon Ranch donates scholarships, funds research and provides resources to support local, national and international groups serving people from all walks of life.
Highlights of Canyon Ranch’s philanthropic endeavors include:
- Donation of thousands of Canyon Ranch vacations to members of organizations researching health and wellness over the last 20 years.
- Partnership with the Dream Street Foundation. Since 1988, Canyon Ranch has hosted young adults with life-threatening illnesses to a transformative getaway.
- Support of the Healthy Living Scholarship Program. Since 1988, more than 5,000 at-risk individuals have participated in a week-long program at the Life Enhancement Center® at Canyon Ranch in Tucson.
In recognition of the Zuckerman family’s lifelong support of medical research at the Arizona Health Sciences Center at the University of Arizona, the UA College of Public Health was renamed the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
In 2002, the Zuckerman family and Canyon Ranch co-founder Jerry Cohen established a separate entity, Canyon Ranch Institute, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to educate, inspire and empower every person to prevent disease and embrace a life of wellness. In 2006, Richard Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States (2002–2006), became president of the Institute. The Institute has forged worldwide partnerships to focus on communities that have traditionally been underserved.