Only NPS donation boxes and partner donation boxes, which provide 100 percent of the collections to the NPS, are
permitted on park property. All collection devices must clearly inform the public how the money will be used by the
park. This information serves as a defacto letter of tender for the donor. Without it, monies collected in a donation
box must be considered miscellaneous receipts to the U.S. Treasury. NPS donation boxes may be placed only on NPS
property or on property jointly administered by, or for the benefit of, the NPS.
Partner's donation boxes should recognize the role of an NPS partner in collecting donations under its agreement
with the park. Funds received from NPS donation boxes on jointly administered property (e.g. joint visitor centers,
heritage areas, leased facilities outside of parks) must be accounted for in the same manner as those located on park
The signage text and placement of all donation boxes in parks needs to be approved by the park superintendent.
On-site collection of donations is covered under the National Park Service's basic
donations policy and in
Director's Order 21 Section 6.3.1