NPF’s Strong Parks, Strong Communities program provides direct grants to park partner organizations to build their individual capacity, undergo organizational assessments and strategic planning, provide professional development opportunities for staff, and more.
Many people and organizations support our national parks. The National Park Foundation (NPF) was chartered by Congress in 1967, but over 450 private organizations across the country work to protect these special places, working alongside the National Park Service (NPS). Partners support NPS’s mission directly and indirectly, through philanthropic giving, management of programs and services, engagement of volunteers, support of staff and operations, and much more.
The strength and resiliency of the park partner community shines through in their ability to provide more basic operational support to NPS, serving as educational partners, and generating over 600 million dollars in park related revenue per year. NPF’s Community Partnerships team provides innovative and far-reaching strategies and the highest level of resources and support to provide the National Park Service with a system of park partners that are effective and creative in their support of parks who in turn collectively grow the impact of philanthropy to NPS. This work is done collaboratively in partnership with the National Park Service and the National Park Friends Alliance, a professional networking organization that supports all official NPS philanthropic partners in their work to support their local parks.
Strong Parks, Strong Communities
Commissioning Analysis & Research
Providing Additional Resources
NPF’s Community Partnerships team provides a national and strategic perspective by providing park partners with communication tools such as newsletters, fireside chats, webinars, a resource portal, and more on topics that are relevant to park partners. For more information and access, park partners can email us.
Supporting the National Park Friends Alliance
NPF provides thought-partnership and resources to the National Park Friends Alliance as they grow into their next chapter as a network. National Park Friends Alliance meetings, held annually, offer park partners opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, leadership updates, and strategic discussions.
The Value of Strong Partnerships
450PartnersAs of 2022, the park partner community has grown to over 450 partners across the U.S.
$600Million RaisedCollectively, park partner organizations have generated over $600 million in yearly revenue to help power our national parks.
100kVolunteersPark partners annually engage over 100 thousand volunteers in parks all over the country.
$400Million Supporting NPSIn 2021, park partners provided over $400 million in support of NPS