Many national parks exist only because people contributed time, talent, and funds to create them -- while gifts of land have added critical areas to other parks. Museums and visitor centers have been enhanced by donated art and artifacts. Programs that bring children into parks, or parks to children, or ensure we know how to keep the plants, animals, and waters of the parks healthy are invigorated through the interest of people like you!

There are several ways you can donate to support these special places.
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National Park Foundation The official charity of America's national parks, the National Park Foundation raises private funds that directly aid, support and enrich America's 419 national parks and their programs. Chartered by Congress as the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation plays a critical role in conservation and preservation efforts, establishing national parks as powerful learning environments, and giving all audiences an equal and abundant opportunity to experience, enjoy and support America's treasured places. Learn more at

Friends Groups Often communities of people who love a park or value a program have organized into nonprofit support organizations known as Friends Groups. These philanthropic partners raise funds to incubate and support innovative projects and initiatives,enhancing the experience of park visitors, connecting parks to people, restoring habitat, rehabilitating trails, supporting research efforts, and engaging young people in parks. This is just a sampling of the great work undertaken in partnership with this community.

Gifts to the National Park Service You can make a gift directly to the NPS or to your favorite national park. Donations can be directed to the general needs of the national park system or a park, in support of a specific program or project. Donations to the National Park Service are tax-deductible under section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your tax advisor can provide additional information on this.

Your check should be made out to the National Park Service and should include a cover letter specifying whether the gift is intended to support the overall work of the NPS or a specific program area.

Checks can be sent to:

National Park Service
Accounting Operations Center
c/o RDMT Deposits
13461 Sunrise Valley Drive
Herndon, VA 20171

For your information, our Federal TIN/EIN# is 53-0197094

Leave a legacy
We are often asked how to bequeath all or part of an estate to the National Park Service. The following language may be included in a will: "to the National Park Service, an agency of the United States of America, Washington, D.C. 20240, for the support of its programs and activities."

Thank you for your interest in supporting your national parks.

Last updated: October 5, 2021