Arts, Culture, and Humanities

National Park Foundation

  • Washington, DC
  • http://www.nationalparks.org

Mission Statement

The National Park Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service, enriches America’s national parks and programs through private support, safeguarding our heritage and inspiring generations of national park enthusiasts. NPF programs fund park conservation and restoration efforts, foster youth engagement, promote citizenship and preserve history in the places where it happened.  Note: NPF is not required to submit a Form 990 to the IRS; however, the Board of Directors voted to file beginning with FY ending in September 30, 2011.

Main Programs

  1. Grants to National Parks
Service Areas

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National

As the charitable arm for America's National Parks, NPF raises funds and awareness for the more than 400 national parks, cultural sites, and historic places that make up the national park system.

ruling year

1981

President

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Mr. Will Shafroth

Keywords

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National Parks, parks, history, nature, preservation, conservation, wilderness, natural resource, monuments, outdoor

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Also Known As

NPF

EIN

52-1086761

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is an arm of a state or local government.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Last year, the National Park Foundation grants benefited parks enabling critical research and restoration on more than 400,000 acres of National Park Service land, and allowing for the study and protection of more than 100 species of animals and plants – many of which are endangered or threatened. We connected 85,000 young people with their national parks through field trips, hands-on learning, recreation activities and more. And we inspired the next generation of park stewards by providing career opportunities through internships, summer field work, and year-long fellowships.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Grants to National Parks

As the only national nonprofit partner to the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation directly supports America’s over 400 national parks by pursuing three distinct, yet interdependent, areas of focus: PROTECTING American’s national parks through critical conservation & preservation efforts; CONNECTING all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture, rich history and the transformative community work of the National Park Service connect, and INSPIRING lifelong engagement with the next generation of park stewards.

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    As the only national nonprofit partner to the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation directly supports America’s more than 400 national parks by pursuing three distinct, yet interdependent, areas of focus: PROTECTING American’s national parks through critical conservation & preservation efforts; CONNECTING all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture, rich history, and the transformative community work of the National Park Service, and INSPIRING lifelong engagement with the next generation of park stewards.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, raises private funds that directly aid, support, and enrich America’s more than 400 national parks and their programs. Chartered by Congress as the charitable partner of the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation funds initiatives that fall within our three impact areas of Protect, Connect, and Inspire. Specifically, NPF protects America’s special places through sustainability initiatives, restoration of landscapes and habits, securing privately owned land within national park boundaries, enhancing the trail systems, and preserving historic places. NPF connects parks to all people by increasing access to national park sites, enriching the visitor experience, and using digital technology to attract a new generation of youth. NPF inspires a new generation of park stewards by growing our corps of volunteers and increasing our use of national parks as outdoor classrooms for students of all ages.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The National Park Foundation is distinctly prepared for achieving our goals today and in the future. In anticipation of the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service, NPF is embarking on a five year Centennial campaign with strong leadership from our Board of Directors, including the Secretary of the Interior as Chair and the National Park Service Director as Secretary, as well as national leaders from the private, public, and non-profit sectors. In partnership with the National Park Service, we are actively working to create relevancy, drive connection, and increase support for national parks. Our organization is uniquely qualified to deliver on our Congressional charter supported by a talented, dedicated staff. Additionally, NPF maintains excellent fiduciary standing as evidenced by clean annual audits conducted by an independent auditing organization and robust policies and procedures for financial management including a separate Board of Directors Investment Committee. Through a robust network of traditional and digital platforms, we engage a passionate community of more than 1 million individual park supporters. NPF also is connected to Friends Groups across the country advancing local philanthropic support of national parks.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Each year, the National Park Foundation develops an operating plan with specific goals around fundraising, communications, grant making, and overall financial performance. Our Board of Directors meets quarterly to review progress of the organization. As we develop goals against our next major initiative, the Centennial campaign, we will establish robust metrics of success including evaluation strategies for each goal.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation is founded on a legacy that began more than a century ago, when private citizens from all walks of life took action to establish and protect our national parks. Today, the National Park Foundation carries on that tradition as the only national nonprofit whose sole mission is to directly support the National Park Service. Some of our recent accomplishments include investing $13M to the Elwha River restoration project, providing over $30M to build the Flight 93 National Memorial, supplying $67M to restore 6,600 acres of the Everglades. creating the American Latino Heritage Fund to preserve and protect the rich legacy and history of American Latino culture, restoring 250 miles of waterways and trails, connecting parks to communities and promoting healthy lives, embracing diversity with the African American Experience Fund, which supports over 30 national park sites including the Ebenezer Baptist Church and Little Rock Central High School, bringing over 55,000 students to national parks this year through its Ticket To Ride program, working with teachers in all 50 states to embrace national parks as places of classrooms and centers for active learning, making a difference, with over $3.5M provided to national parks through education grants and programs in the last three years. However, there is still work to be done to enrich and fortify these special places. As we head toward the Centennial, we will continue to devise strategies to support relevancy, connection, and support of America’s national parks.
Service Areas

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National

As the charitable arm for America's National Parks, NPF raises funds and awareness for the more than 400 national parks, cultural sites, and historic places that make up the national park system.

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Financials

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NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

National Park Foundation

Leadership

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President

Mr. Will Shafroth

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Sally Jewell

Secretary, Department of the Interior

Term: Apr 2013 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?