About the Foundation

Our national parks are a uniquely American idea, truly supported by all of us. We are inspired by the beauty that surrounds us. We seek the wild and untamed land, the places where history was made, the sites that honor our heroes, and we stand behind what really matters— protecting these sacred places.

All of us must do our part to protect our national parks—they are a uniquely American idea. Our mission is to support the National Park Service, and through the National Park Foundation, we can all safeguard our national heritage, ensuring generations of national park enthusiasts can enjoy the parks we love.

The trees come alive at Great Smoky National Park
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francsico

“We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.”
— President Theodore Roosevelt

Mission & History

The National Park Foundation, the official charitable partner of the National Park Service, enriches America’s national parks and programs through the support of private citizens, park lovers, stewards of nature, history enthusiasts, and wilderness adventurers. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the Foundation grew out of a legacy of park protection that began over a century ago, when ordinary citizens took action to establish and protect our national parks.

Today, the National Park Foundation carries on the tradition of early park advocates, big thinkers, doers, and dreamers. Learn more about the National Park Foundation’s history here.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors oversees the National Park Foundation operations, philanthropic support, corporate partnerships and programmatic work in national parks. Learn more about our Board by clicking here.


Get the latest news about the parks and the work of the National Park Foundation in the NPF Newsroom, found by clicking here.


The National Park Foundation is an apolitical, non-partisan philanthropic organization focused on raising private funds to directly support America’s national parks. Merchandise that benefits the National Park Foundation can be found in our gift shop online at nationalparks.org and store.findyourpark.com. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions regarding the legitimacy of claims of support for the Foundation or the National Park Service.

Our Work with Partners
The National Park Foundation depends on our partners to help achieve the National Park Service's mission of excellence. We offer a variety of platforms for your company to become involved and engaged with America’s iconic treasures. Whether your interest lies with a corporate membership, sponsorship or philanthropic support, the National Park Foundation can help meet your unique objectives.