Jan 102013

From the Foundation’s About Us Page:


Our Mission

The National Park Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service, enriches America’s national parks and programs through private support, safeguarding our heritage and inspiring generations of national park enthusiasts.


Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation is founded on a legacy that began more than a century ago, when private citizens from all walks of life took action to establish and protect our national parks. Today, the National Park Foundation carries on that tradition as the only national charitable nonprofit whose sole mission is to directly support the National Park Service.

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The National Park Foundation is founded on core values that reflect our commitment and connection to our national parks.

  • Philanthropy: We believe private citizens, organizations and resources are critical to sustaining and enhancing America’s nearly 400 national parks and their programs.
  • Stewardship: We believe the national parks are treasured resources that all Americans have a responsibility –and opportunity — to appreciate, protect and support.
  • Outreach: We believe that by engaging people across all ages, races and backgrounds, we will create and empower new generations of park supporters.
  • Partnership: We believe in quality relationships and partnerships that provide — and multiply — direct positive benefits to the national parks.
  • Commitment to the National Park Service: We believe in our partnership with the National Park Service, working together in support of a shared vision for our national parks.
  • Vitality: We believe in innovative and sound investments and actions that build an efficient, effective and vibrant organization in support of our national parks.
  • Accountability: We believe in carefully measuring and clearly communicating the use of private support to benefit our national parks


As the only national charitable partner to the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation directly supports America’s nearly 400 national parks by pursuing three distinct, yet interdependent, areas of focus – conservation & preservation, education, and community engagement.

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