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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Charity Navigator's Top 10 National Park Foundations

Each week, Charity Navigator features a new list of 10 highly-rated charities working on a particular cause or issue. Today, we’re spotlighting a few of the foundations that are dedicated to maintaining our national parks and making them more accessible for everyone.

Is your favorite park’s foundation on this list?

Grand Teton National Park Foundation
Providing financial support to enhance, preserve and protect Grand Teton National Park

The Grand Teton National Park Foundation funds projects that enhance Grand Teton National Park’s cultural, historic, and natural resources and helps others learn about protecting all that the park has to offer. The Foundation initiates improvement, critical research, and projects that help better connect visitors to the park. To date, the Foundation has raised more than $65 million for park projects.

National Park Foundation
The official charitable partner of the National Park Service

The National Park Foundation is the official charitable partner of the National Park Service. It enriches our national parks and programs through the support of private citizens, park lovers, stewards of nature, history enthusiasts, and wilderness adventurers. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the Foundation grew out of a legacy of park protection that began over a century ago when ordinary citizens took action to establish and protect our national parks.

Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
☆☆☆ + Impact
Show the Smokies you care!

Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park assists the National Park Service in its mission to preserve and protect the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by raising funds and public awareness and providing volunteers for needed projects. The organization has raised funds to create a sustainable trails program and support team, fund a National Park Service Collections Preservation Center to house important artifacts, and so much more. To date, the organization has raised more than $50 million to support the park.

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Making connections, naturally

The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative is a joint Canada-U.S. nonprofit that connects and protects habitats from Yellowstone to Yukon so people and nature can thrive. The Initiative is the only organization dedicated to securing the long-term ecological health of this entire region. They take a scientific and collaborative approach to conservation and highlight and focus on local issues that affect the region. They work with partners in the area to stitch together the regional landscape.

Greater Yellowstone Coalition
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
People protecting the lands, waters, and wildlife of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem

The Greater Yellowstone Coalition was founded 35 years ago on a simple premise: an ecosystem will remain healthy and wild only if it is kept whole. The Coalition has become a pioneer in defining and promoting the concept of ecosystem management. The Coalition’s offices, located in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho, allow the organization to engage in a variety of local, regional, and national efforts to protect Yellowstone’s land, waters, and wildlife.

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Parks for all forever

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is a community-supported nonprofit dedicated to preserving the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the park visitor experience, and building a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future. Their projects aim to conserve and improve these remarkable parks for the people who visit them today and for future generations.  

Glacier National Park Conservancy
The official non-profit fundraising partner of Glacier National Park

The Glacier National Park Conservancy is the official fundraising partner of Glacier National Park. The Conservancy assures the Glacier National Park experience by providing support for preservation, education, and research through philanthropy and outreach. It raises funds through philanthropy and operating a number of stores that allow it to fund park projects.

National Parks Conservation Association
We’re protecting and enhancing America’s National Park System for present and future generations

Founded in 1919, the National Parks Conservation Association is the “independent, nonpartisan voice working to strengthen and protect America’s favorite places.” With 1.3 million members, the organization works to protect and preserve our nation’s most iconic and inspirational places for present and future generations. They work on the ground, in the courtroom, and on Capitol Hill to win victories for our parks.

Yellowstone Forever
Inspire. Educate. Preserve.

Yellowstone Forever is the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park. They partner with the park to create opportunities for all people to experience, enhance, and preserve Yellowstone forever. Their educational programming, products, and services help people enjoy, understand, and appreciate the wildlife, geology, and cultural history of the park.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Join the journey

Established in 1925, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy leads the effort to protect, maintain and celebrate the Appalachian Trail. Their unique cooperative-management system works with local, state, and federal partners to ensure greater protections for the Trail. The Conservancy is largely funded by more than 42,000 members and over 600,000 supporters located throughout the United States and in more than 15 countries. Their support ensures that the Appalachian Trail experience is protected from development, increasing use of the outdoors, and other dangers.

You can use Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool and Discover feature to find even more organizations working with our national park and outdoor spaces across the country.

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Written by Ashley Post, Communications Manager at Charity Navigator.

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