As we update our fundraising policies and look to the National Park Service's Centennial in 2016, we are
challenged with how best to position our National Parks to attract a larger share of the American peoples'
philanthropic support and personal commitments to park stewardship.
To succeed, we must appreciate and support the role philanthropy plays for our National Parks. Here are
ten key points on the evolution of philanthropy in the National Park System.
- There has been a continuum of philanthropy from the establishment of the first national parks to the
present day. Most parks have benefited from philanthropy. These gifts continue to play an important
role in meeting park needs.