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Community Partnerships

NPF program, Active Trails, along Ice Age National Scenic Trail
NPF Photo / Dawn Kish

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, an informal union of park partners that meet regularly to share best practices and cultivate partnerships.

Our Work

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    Strong Parks, Strong Communities

    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.

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    Commissioning Analysis & Research

    As a leader in the park partner community, NPF regularly undertakes a survey of the park partner community to both provide a comprehensive report of the landscape of park partners and identify key initiatives to target in the coming years. Read the latest Park Partner Report and Infographic.

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    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.

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    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.

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The Value of Strong Partnerships
  • 450
    Partners
    As of 2022, the park partner community has grown to over 450 partners across the U.S.
  • $600
    Million Raised
    Collectively, park partner organizations have generated over $600 million in yearly revenue to help power our national parks.
  • 100k
    Volunteers
    Park partners annually engage over 100 thousand volunteers in parks all over the country.
  • $400
    Million Supporting NPS
    In 2021, park partners provided over $400 million in support of NPS