Mission & Impact

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Our Mission

Our MISSION is to enhance support for national park sites by creating a space for collaboration, creativity, and support of philanthropic partnerships between the National Park Service and their official nonprofits.


We are committed and passionate about building a strong network and community of practice for National Park Service philanthropic partners.


We actively work toward inclusion of and relevance to philanthropic partners of all sizes and scales, in urban and rural locales, and who work in support of a broad range of natural and cultural park sites.


We commit to open conversations with each other and our agency partners. We build authentic relationships that support both opportunistic and challenging conversations. All relationships are treated with respect, honesty, and trust in their collaborative intent.


We are passionate about support and stewardship of national park lands – core to our being is the collective work toward accomplishing the mission of the national park system and ensuring park protection by this and future generations.

With Help From our Friends

Each year, close to 320 million people travel from near and far to explore, admire, and appreciate the 400+ national park sites in America. To deliver increased impact, park partners are playing an ever-growing role in supporting national parks. Partners support the National Park Service’s mission directly and indirectly, through philanthropic giving, management of programs and services, engagement of volunteers, support of staff and operations, and much more.

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Our Vision for the Future

We ENVISION shared, collaborative, and forward-thinking stewardship of our national parks — where our community leverages each other’s strengths, where we lift each other up in times of struggle, where we work with our partners to eliminate barriers to successful partnerships.

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Join Today!

Join the community and be part of a network focused on philanthropy in national parks. Membership in the Friends Alliance gives you access to professional networking opportunities, discounts on the annual meetings, and resources to support your park partnership.

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