The Best Things Happen Together
The Friends Alliance offers a series of in-person and virtual gatherings throughout the year designed to benefit Friends Groups and their national park partners.
“I find real value in our annual gatherings. They are an important opportunity for us to be in community with our park partners in a very meaningful way. We get to learn from each other, hear directly from NPS leadership, and brainstorm ideas on how we can grow the already vibrant partnerships. I’m proud to be a part of this community, and am enriched by the time we spend together!”
Webinar: Finding and Engaging New Donors
Date/Time: February 21 2:30 PM ET
Free for Members! “Finding and Engaging New Donors,” is designed exclusively for our nonprofit partners and will focus on the art of effectively finding and engaging donors. Our aim is to provide practical insights and strategies to foster stronger relationships with your supporters that lead to increased revenue to achieve your mission. With her profound expertise in donor engagement and her passion for philanthropy, Jessica Barnes, Director of Outer Banks Forever, will provide invaluable guidance and lead the attendees towards greater success in their fundraising efforts.
Webinar: National Park Service Data Analytics
Date/Time: March 21 3:00 PM ET
Free For All Attendees! Join the Friends Alliance and the National Park Foundation for a free webinar about National Park Service Visitor Data Analytics presented by Dexibit. Click the link below to join the Zoom call on March 21st.
Webinar: Inclusive Hiring
Date/Time: April 10, 2024 2:00 PM ET
Presentation by Katie Wallace, Operations Manager for the Fund for People in Parks.
Date: May 7, 2024
This 6-hour virtual session will include a keynote plenary and a variety of break-out sessions.
Past Meeting Recap
Spring Virtual Meeting
April 13, 2023
Over 170 partnership leaders and practitioners across the National Park System met virtually and heard a powerful and complex story of connection to nature from Dr. Carolyn Finney; shared important updates from leadership of NPS, NPF, Friends Alliance; expanded knowledge of co-stewardship with Indigenous Communities; corporate giving and volunteerism; and climate resiliency.
Hill Day Executive Director Rock Creek Park Tour
February 6, 2024
In conjunction with National Park Foundation Hill Day, Friends Alliance executive members joined the Rock Creek Conservancy for a networking lunch and bus tour of partnership projects led by Conservancy Executive Director, Jeanne Braha and Rock Creek Park Deputy Superintendent, Brian Joyner.
Fall 2023 Meeting
October 23-26, 2023
Friends Alliance, NPS, NPF and Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park hosted 275 philanthropic partnership and National Park Service leaders at this event for networking, field trips, plenary and breakout sessions. Sessions included topics such as fundraising and leadership skills in philanthropy, partnership program highlights, collaboration between parks and partners, and leaning into Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access, and Justice.
Past Meeting Resources
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