America’s national parks were established through the efforts of private citizens who wanted to protect the places they loved – places they knew would matter long into the future. Today, the National Park Foundation carries on that noble tradition as the only national charitable organization directly supporting America’s national parks.
Contribute with Confidence
- The National Park Foundation received four stars, the highest rating, from Charity Navigator. This indicates the organization’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Learn more.
- The National Park Foundation received the Platinum Seal of Approval, the highest level of recognition, from GuideStar. This recognition demonstrates the organization’s commitment to fiscal transparency and strong financial stewardship. Learn more.
- The National Park Foundation received the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence. This indicates that the organization has certified, documented, and demonstrated on an annual basis that it meets the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost efficiency. Learn more.
- The National Park Foundation is accredited by Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, meeting all 20 standards for charity accountability. This indicates the organization’s commitment to fair and honest solicitation practices, adequate oversight, transparency and financial effectiveness. Learn more.
Gifts in Honor or Memory
Make a gift to our national parks in memory of someone special, or to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday, wedding or holiday.
Did you know there are creative ways to support the National Park Foundation that cost you nothing right now? Whether you are interested in a simple gift through your retirement or life insurance plan, a traditional bequest through your will or trust, or perhaps a gift that pays you back like a charitable gift annuity—there are many ways to make a legacy gift. Explore how you can include us in your estate plans.
Employer and Workplace Giving
You can maximize the impact your donation has on critical national park efforts when you take advantage of employer matching gift programs or sign up for workplace giving.
Gift of Stock
Donating appreciated securities is a wonderful way to help support the National Park Foundation. It is the Foundation’s policy to sell the stock or security and put the proceeds right to work for our parks. Per the IRS, the Foundation establishes the value of the stock by calculating the mean average price on the date ownership is transferred.
Before making such a gift, please make sure to discuss your particular situation, including tax benefits, with your financial advisor. Please contact the Foundation at (202) 796-3143 or [email protected] for instructions on securities transfers. It is important that you notify the National Park Foundation in advance of any transfer using this form so that you will be properly credited for your gift.
Gifts from IRA or Retirement Accounts
If you are 70½ years old or older, you can make a gift to NPF directly from your IRA without having to pay income taxes on the money. You can read more to learn more about making a gift from an IRA, insurance, or retirement asset. You can also contact us to learn more about how to set up these types of gifts.
Many foundations are guided by similar principles as the National Park Foundation and wish to support a national organization that helps protect important environmental habitats and cultural experiences in the United States, establishes curriculum based and non-traditional learning opportunities for children, and engages diverse communities and all Americans as volunteers and supporters.
For more information on how to support please call (202) 796-2520.
The National Park Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. All gifts to the National Park Foundation are considered tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For a copy of our IRS designation letter, please contact [email protected].
National Park Foundation Tax Identification number is: 52-1086761
We are grateful for the generous support from our Stewardship Circle, the Century Society and from all of the citizens who recognize that the national parks are our legacy and commit to investing in their future through the National Park Foundation.
To donate by check, please complete this form and mail your donation to the address below. To donate by phone, or for assistance with a donation, please call (202) 796-2500.
National Park Foundation
Attn: Gift Processing
P.O. Box 17394
Baltimore, MD 21298-9450
To learn more about the National Park Foundation, please contact Donor Services at [email protected] or by calling (202) 796-2500.