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Since 1967, the National Park Foundation and National Park Service have worked side by side to protect and strengthen America’s national parks for all to discover and explore, now and in the future.

Our Mission

As the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation generates private support and builds strategic partnerships to protect and enhance America’s national parks for present and future generations.

Our Vision

Inspiring all people to connect with and protect America’s national parks.

A Message from Our President and Chair

  • Will Shafroth President & CEO
    National Park Foundation
  • Rick L. James Chair
    National Park Foundation

Over the past year, the National Park Foundation (NPF) has worked to elevate the essential role philanthropy and public-private partnerships play to meet the needs of America’s national parks and park visitors. Tremendous donor support drove record annual revenue of $168 million in FY 2022, and thanks to close strategic alignment with the National Park Service, and with the support of a growing community of park partners, the Foundation increased the impact it delivered to national parks across the country.

The year was marked by significant achievements. President Biden signed into law the National Park Foundation Act of 2022. The legislation, backed by strong bipartisan support in Congress, increased the amount of the Foundation’s annual authorized appropriations from $5 million to $15 million, and extended authorization through 2030. Thanks to the exceptional work and commitment of NPF’s Board, National Council, and staff, the Foundation will be able to use the power of private philanthropy to match and more than double this critically important funding.

The Foundation also made significant investments in conserving and preserving land and wildlife. Partnering with the Trust for Public Land, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, and the National Park Service, NPF helped to ensure that Deer Creek Beach, a pristine section of Southern California coastline, will become part of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. At Florida’s Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, the Foundation funded critical shoreline restoration work, using oyster shells to regenerate habitat for scalloped hammerheads, sandbar sharks, and the American oystercatcher. And, with the Foundation’s ongoing support, the National Park Service and the Yurok Tribe in northern California are leading a successful effort to restore California Condors to the skies above Redwood National and State Parks.

Through a generous contribution from the Mellon Foundation, NPF has launched the Mellon Humanities Fellowship program, an initiative to help tell a more comprehensive American story in national parks. Thirty new humanities fellows will soon begin work at parks across the country to uncover untold stories that in the future will connect visitors to the rich and complex histories preserved at national park sites.

Major philanthropic investments by the Foundation made possible by its generous donors are funding modernization of visitor centers that will enhance visitor experience at parks across the country. At Bering Land Bridge National Preserve in Alaska, an improved visitor center will share new exhibits interpreting the unique landscapes and cultural heritage of the area and increase in-person and distance education opportunities. At the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., a 15,000 square foot immersive exhibit space will be developed, offering visitors a fascinating new space to learn about America’s 16th president.


The Foundation and its partners continue to inspire the next generation of national park stewards, connecting 187,000 students to America’s largest classroom last year.

Will Shafroth

The Foundation and its partners continue to inspire the next generation of national park stewards, connecting 187,000 students to America’s largest classroom last year. Open OutDoors for Kids grants have expanded learning opportunities for students, giving parks the opportunity to pioneer new ways for kids and classrooms to connect with national parks and experience the wonder and complexities of nature and history.

During the last year, NPF’s support of service corps expanded to include the Department of the Interior’s Indian Youth Service Corps. The Foundation’s funding will provide opportunities for Tribal communities to support the conservation and protection of natural and cultural resources across the National Park System. The new initiative builds on NPF’s investments to fund service corps dedicated to trail restoration, removal of invasive species and projects to ensure natural habitats are heathy and resilient.

The Foundation’s Strong Partnerships, Strong Communities program supported more than 40 park partner organizations last year, helping to them to expand their fundraising and impact in the parks. Specific investments included new technology and website design to strategic planning to building a diverse fundraising portfolio.

The achievements of the past year are only the beginning. The National Park Foundation is well-positioned to build on the momentum and successful work with its partners to ensure that America’s national parks continue on the path to become a national philanthropic priority.

The Secretary and Director

The Honorable Deb Haaland Secretary
Department of the Interior

Across the Department of the Interior (Department), collaboration is central to protecting America’s natural and cultural resources, addressing the climate crisis, and ensuring that public lands are welcoming and accessible to everyone.

Our commitment to collaboration is at the heart of President Biden’s America the Beautiful initiative, a locally led, voluntary, nationwide effort to conserve, connect, and restore 30 percent of the lands, waters, and wildlife—upon which we all depend—by 2030. The National Park Foundation’s ongoing support enables extraordinary projects like the protection of Deer Creek Beach—2.2 miles of pristine coastline that will become part of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area—to become a reality.

Increasing young people’s access to nature—early and often—will help uplift the next generation of stewards. With support from the National Park Foundation, we launched the Indian Youth Service Corps to provide meaningful education, employment, and training opportunities to Indigenous youth through conservation projects on public lands, Indian lands, and Hawaiian homelands. This is one of the many ways we are putting young people on a path to good-paying jobs while working to tackle the climate crisis.

Indigenous communities have a strong and abiding connection to the lands and waters that sustain us; these communities carry with them Indigenous Knowledge that is critical to helping us conserve our outdoor spaces. The Department is committed to improving Federal stewardship of public lands, waters, and wildlife by strengthening the role of Tribes and elevating Indigenous Knowledge in Federal land management and stewardship. We are accomplishing this work through projects like the reintroduction of critically endangered California condors to their historic range in Redwood National and State Parks. This effort, which was made possible through sustained partnership with the Yurok Tribe and was funded in part by the National Park Foundation, exemplifies the undeniable benefit that Tribal co-stewardship and Indigenous Knowledge bring to our shared vision of conservation.

Through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act, the Department is putting people to work restoring our Nation’s lands and waters with a $2 billion down payment that builds on existing Department programs and invests in locally led landscape, partner-driven restoration. Through our recently launched Restoration and Resilience Framework, we will support coordination across agency programs and drive transformational outcomes with strategic investments. The Framework is anchored by restoration and resilience goals to guide Department funding toward collaborative, strategic, and measurable ecosystem restoration benefits.

I am so grateful for the National Park Foundation’s continued partnership as we safeguard irreplaceable lands, waters, and wildlife for future generations to steward. Thank you for being here on this journey with us.

Portrait image of Chuck Sams
Charles F. "Chuck" Sams III Director
National Park Service

In the Walla Walla language, the word for interpreter is tamástslikt. But the literal translation is to turn around, to observe the world in a full circle to ensure you see it in every way possible and understand its contribution to who we are.

Our partnership with the National Park Foundation echoes this concept. Our collaboration explores and impacts every aspect our work, from investing in the future of parks and confronting the climate crisis to creating an experience that meets visitor expectations; advancing equity, inclusion, and access; respecting and strengthening Indigenous connections; improving our business practices; and connecting and empowering a thriving and diverse workforce.

This full-view approach results in projects that accomplish multiple goals. One example involves National Park Foundation support for The Corps Network, which is working with the NPS on park maintenance projects funded by the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) that would be appropriate for service corps crews. The National Park Foundation’s funding simultaneously leverages GAOA funds to address park maintenance needs and provides real-world work experience for young people across the country.

We are proud to collaborate with the National Park Foundation to discover unrecognized contributions and unheard voices that shaped our Nation and share them through expanded storytelling in parks. Scholarly research funded by the Mellon Foundation increases opportunities for inclusive storytelling and visitor experiences funded by the National Park Foundation.

Looking further around our circle, we see the crucial contributions of our partners. By strengthening partner organizations through its Strong Parks, Strong Communities initiative and efforts such as the Strategic Growth Initiative and support for the Friends Alliance, the National Park Foundation is enhancing the long-term health of the park partner community, which benefits our shared mission.

As the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation lean into the future together, the principle of tamástslikt—seeing and exploring a 360° view of our world and our work—ensures that we can deliver on our commitment to the American people: to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System and cooperate with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

We are thankful for another year of accomplishments and invite everyone to join in the spirit of partnership and expand our circle together into the future.

Our Leadership

President and CEO

  • Will Shafroth Washington, D.C.

Board of Directors

  • Rick L. James Chair
    Auburn, IN
  • Rhoda Altom Vice Chair
    Seattle, WA
  • Steve Denning Assistant Secretary
    Greenwich, CT
  • Joseph Landy Treasurer
    New York, NY
  • Patricia Arvielo Las Vegas, NV
  • Al Baldwin Newport Beach, CA
  • Thomas Brown Tampa, FL
  • Stephen Chazen ‡ Houston, TX
  • Karen Swett Conway Boston, MA
  • John DeStefano Washington, DC
  • Lisa Eccles Salt Lake City, UT
  • Cynthia Fisher Newton, MA
  • Randi Fisher San Francisco, CA
  • Tom Goss Detroit, MI
  • AJ Grant Boulder, CO
  • William Grayson San Francisco, CA
  • Michael D. Hankin Baltimore, MD
  • William O. Hiltz New York, NY
  • Sean Maloney Newport, RI
  • John L. Nau, III Houston, TX
  • Barbara Neal Chicago, IL
  • William Pickard Detroit, MI
  • Brenda Potterfield Columbia, MO
  • William Singer Chicago, IL
  • Melinda Stearns Santa Ana, CA
  • Stephanie Valencia Las Cruces, NM
  • Melani Walton Bentonville, AR

‡ Deceased

Ex-Officio Directors

  • The Honorable Deb Haaland Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior
    Washington, DC
  • Charles Sams Director, National Park Service
    Washington, DC

National Council

  • Rhoda Altom Co-Chair
    Seattle, WA
  • Randi Fisher Co-Chair
    San Francisco, CA
  • Rich Malloch Co-Chair
    Greenwich, CT
  • Ellen Alberding Chicago, IL
  • Martha Bernadett Long Beach, CA
  • Susan Byrd San Francisco, CA
  • Darrell Crate South Hamilton, MA
  • Linda Fisher Washington, DC
  • Jim Forbes New York, NY
  • Thomas Hand Richmond Hill, GA
  • Mark Headley Berkeley, CA
  • Ellen Malcolm Washington, DC
  • Quinton Martin Atlanta, GA
  • David Marchick Washington, DC
  • Scott Moore Omaha, NE
  • James Nau San Antonio, TX
  • JK Nicholas Boston, MA
  • Winifred Ohrstrom Nichols Bozeman, MT
  • Peter Pond Chicago, IL
  • Dean and Kathleen Rasmussen Simi Valley, CA
  • Cody Smith Englewood, CO
  • Lucas St. Clair Falmouth, ME
  • Louise Stephens San Francisco, CA
  • Sarah Stephens Seattle, WA
  • David Vela Bryan, TX
  • Mary Jo Veverka Bethesda, MD
  • Janet Watt Long Beach, CA
  • Greg Annenberg Weingarten Los Angeles, CA
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