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—from John Muir and Ansel Adams to President Theodore Roosevelt. 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 Press Room, 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.