WASHINGTON – Will Shafroth, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner to the National Park Service, issued the following statement in response to the National Park Service Centennial Act:
“As we celebrate the National Park Service Centennial, this is the perfect time to strengthen America’s national parks for the next hundred years. The increased funding for the Centennial Challenge included in the National Park Service Centennial Act builds on a proven track record and high rate of return for taxpayers. In addition, the proposed endowment establishes long term support for these special places and the work of the National Park Service. Housing this endowment at the National Park Foundation would enable the Foundation to raise private funds to further grow its value, and to realize a strong return on investment.
Both of these funding sources are key supplements to necessary Congressional appropriations and fees. When paired with private philanthropy and corporate partnerships, they combine to create a successful funding model that will ensure our national treasures receive the support they need and deserve.”