National Park Foundation
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 rooted in 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 mission is to directly support the National Park Service.
Protect National Parks$22m
The national park foundation secures private and philanthropic funds to enhance, preserve, and restore the natural and historic resources stewarded by nps. The foundation's support is invested primarily through strategic partnerships. Specific investments include protecting private inholdings in national parks, restoring trails and historic structures, conserving wildlife and habitats, and making the parks more sustainable in their use of natural resources. In fy18, npf provided $14,611,468 to protect our national parks.i. Npf supported major projects to preserve and rehabilitate historic places at several parks including pullman national monument, olympic national park, yellowstone national park, and grand teton national park. Ii. Npf acquired, on behalf of the national park service, land in zion national park, petersburg national battlefield, ebey's landing national historical reserve, camp nelson national monument, freedom riders national monument, and fire island national seashore. Iii. Npf supported the construction and implementation of programmatic opportunities associated with the flight 93 national memorial. Iv. Npf directed funds secured from court orders, mitigation, and the settlement of criminal and civil cases to the most critical conservation and restoration projects at national parks, consistent with a court's direction.
Connect People With National Parks$12m
The national park foundation is dedicated to creating meaningful opportunities for people to visit and connect with our national parks and the programs they offer. Npf works to invite all people to experience, enjoy, and create life-long relationships with national parks and bring parks to people. This is accomplished by way of investments to reach underrepresented audiences, increase diversity and inclusion, create digital experiences and attract millenials to engage with national parks. In addition, the national park foundation is dedicated to establishing national parks as powerful learning environments that provide in-depth experiences that shape lives and strengthen our parks. The foundation's programs focus on connecting audiences to introductory experiences in our national parks, fostering lifelong connections, and building strong partnerships. In fy18, npf provided $8,437,135 to connect people to our national parks.i. In fy18, the national park foundation continued its work on find your park/encuentra tu parque, a public awareness and education program. Find your park is a marketing program that makes parks relevant to peoples lives, bringing awareness of national parks, connecting them to parks, and inspiring people to support their parks. This program is funded through corporate contributions and focuses much of its efforts on getting people to engage with parks. "find your park" invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to the nation's natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history. Ii. Thru grants from the national park foundation, nps and partners created opportunities for 273,160 people to connect to the parks through community engagement programs. Iii. Npf supported programs around the nation that hired 698 youth to serve in conservation corps. These corps members restored trails and removed invasive species at olympic national park, mount rainier national park, sequoia and kings canyon national park, and many others. Iv. In fy18, the foundation granted $1,839,730 for drakes estero restoration at point reyes national seashore and to support youth corps at several national parks. V. Npf supported the open outdoor for kids program. Through this initiative, the national park foundation is reaching elementary aged children from across the country and providing them the chance to experience and learn from national parks. Npf's role is to fund in-park programs and provide transportation to the park. Vi. The national park service centennial act was signed into law on December 16, 2016. The law affects npf programmatic services in three specific ways: 1) provides $10 million per year to the foundation from the sales of national park senior passes to fund an endowment for national parks at the foundation. The foundation will use the proceeds of the investment earnings from the endowment to fund signature park projects that support the priorities of the national park service. 2) authorized $5 million annual appropriation to the national park foundation and 3) provides matching grants for park improvement projects. In fy18, the national park foundation received $3 million of these matching grants and is working with the national park service to expend that through community engagement programs.
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