Philanthropic Support for National Parks in the 21st Century

National Park Service philanthropic partnership policy is designed to align with current best practices in philanthropy while retaining protections to avoid commercialization of America's national parks. Director's Order 21 on Donations and Philanthropic Partnerships (DO21) is the NPS guide to its employees and partners about public-private partnerships and the acceptance of support from the private sector.

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A Century of Philanthropy

Private philanthropy has played a major role in advancing national parks and the NPS for more than 100 years.

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FAQs about DO21

How does DO21 work, and how will it affect your national park experience or your ability to support national parks?

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DO21 and Reference Manual

Dig into the language and details of DO21 and its accompanying reference manual.

Last updated: August 17, 2018