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Community Partnerships

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Park partners are some of the most active supporters of national parks. They serve specific national parks in their communities, working to protect these special places for future generations and standing alongside the National Park Service (NPS) to provide visitors with an unforgettable experience. Their collective impact can be seen in nearly every national park across the country.

The National Park Foundation (NPF)'s Community Partnerships team works to strengthen, elevate and steward the park partner community so that together NPF and park partners generate private support to protect and enhance America’s national parks for present and future generations.

Our work supports the partner community through capacity-building grants and programs, a Park Partner Resource Portal, comprehensive analysis of the partner community, and working closely with NPS to ensure the success of partners. NPF partners with the National Park Friends Alliance and supports their biannual meetings offering peer-to-peer connection and learning.

Our Work

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    Offer Guidance

    Our team guides park partners on how to promote and maintain positive relationships with the National Park Service.

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    Inspire Growth

    We help park partners grow and advance their goals by leading special project development, sponsorship, and funding.

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    Strengthen Connections

    NPF and our Community Partnerships team acts as a conduit between the partners, the National Park Service, and other vital organizations.

Who Are Park Partners?
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    Friends Groups
    These non-profit organizations provide philanthropic and in-kind support to parks.
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    Coordinating Entities
    These are often designated by Congress as the organization responsible for maintaining a national heritage area, national trail, or national river.
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    Cooperating Associations
    These associations offer education, products, or services to national park visitors through retail sales and other channels. They may provide philanthropic or in-kind support to parks as well.
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    Additional Organizations
    These include service corps organizations, environmental and historical education partners, land trusts, and miscellaneous other partners.
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The Value of Strong Partnerships
  • 450
    Partners
    As of 2020, the park partner community has grown to over 450 partners across all 50 states.
  • $600
    Million Raised
    Park partners have generated incredible yearly revenue to help power the national parks.
  • 100k
    Volunteers
    Our partners excel at inspiring people in their communities to help care for the parks.