Resource Center

The Community Partnerships team at the National Park Foundation provides strategic support and valuable resources to non-profit philanthropic partners, volunteer and education groups, and cooperating associations for units of the National Park Service. Each of these independent organizations share the common goal of protecting and stewarding our country’s national parks for future generations.

Section 11 of the National Parks Omnibus Management Act of 1998 declares the following obligation of the National Park Foundation to the field of park philanthropy:

Sec. 11. Promotion of Local Fundraising Support​ 

(a) Establishment: The Foundation shall design and implement a comprehensive program to assist and promote philanthropic programs of support at the individual national park unit level. ​ 

(b) Implementation: The program under subsection (a) shall be implemented to—​ 

      (1)  assist in the creation of local nonprofit support organizations; and​ 

      (2) provide support, national consistency, and management-improving suggestions for local nonprofit support organizations. 

NPF takes this mandate seriously and works to address the needs of philanthropic partners through a variety of capacity-building opportunities. On this page you will find guidance on national park partnership, materials and recordings from past webinars, and information about upcoming events. You can also subscribe to our monthly Park Partners newsletter, which highlights news related to national parks and features the work of partners like you. Tell us what your organization is doing to support your park and stay connected – we would love to amplify your work however we can.

Community Partnerships Resources

1. Strong Parks, Strong Communities (SPSC)

Through Strong Parks, Strong Communities, the National Park Foundation (NPF), National Park Service (NPS), and Friends Alliance (the Alliance) work together to enhance local philanthropic organizations, bringing park philanthropy to an elevated level through peer to peer learning, grants/scholarships as well as organizational and leadership development. Approximately 250 local philanthropic organizations across the country provide critical support to national parks and programs, and NPF, NPS, and the Alliance are working together to augment the collective impact of these groups. More information can be found on the program webpage and by signing up for the Park Partners e-newsletter.  Please email [email protected] if you have questions regarding SPSC.

2. Guidance for Leaders on the Ground and in the Field of Park Support

3. Previous Webinars Hosted by National Park Foundation

4. Upcoming Events for Park Partners

  • The Fall 2019 Friends Alliance Meeting will be hosted in Jackson Hole Wyoming, in conjunction with the Grand Teton National Park Foundation from September 23-27, 2019. More details and registration will be made available soon.

5. Monthly News & Updates

Learn More

For inquiries related to capacity building support and technical assistance, contact Madeleine Balkonis, at [email protected]. For general questions, contact Chaska Hansen, Coordinator, Community Partnerships at [email protected].