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Donation Boxes

One of the most convenient ways for park visitors to express their support is through on-site donation boxes. Twenty five years ago donation boxes were an exception in parks. Today, most parks have one or more donation boxes, and they are an integral part of a park's fundraising strategy. The challenge is how to design, place and manage donation boxes in parks and outside park boundaries to optimum advantage.

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  • The donation boxes in the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial Visitor Center collected over $300,000 in fiscal year 2003.
  • The Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park maintain a total of eleven collection devices in the park, as well as in local airports and surrounding cities. Donations from these boxes exceed $200,000 a year.
  • Muir Woods National Monument averages $28,000 per year in donations from their donation box.
  • At Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the park's donation box attracts over $80 per day.
  • San Antonio Missions National Historical Park received over $12,700 in contributions last year through their donation box.
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