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California State Parks Foundation

Rating: 4.77 stars   64 reviews 11,825

Address:

50 Francisco Street Suite 110 San Francisco CA 94133 USA

Mission:

California State Parks Foundation is a member-supported nonprofit dedicated to protecting, improving and advocating for all of California’s state parks. With our community of supporters, we deliver innovative solutions for an excellent parks system by facilitating park improvements, inspiring stewardship, supporting partners, advocating for sound policies, and connecting people to parks. Together we ensure that the natural beauty, rich culture and history, and recreational and educational opportunities of our 280 state parks are available for all to enjoy now and for generations to come.

Results:

Since 1969, CSPF has raised over $243 million for state parks.

Target demographics:

our 280 state parks

Geographic areas served:

California

Programs:

volunteer days, advocacy, capital improvements, and grant giving.

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415-262-4400
http://www.calparks.org

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Role: Client Served
Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

1 person found this review helpful

CALIFORNIA STATE PARK FOUNDATION (CSPF) has been invaluable in supporting not only our own nonprofit, MENDOCINO AREA PARKS ASSOCIATION (MAPA), but nonprofits and state parks in the entire state of California. CSPF has made possible the carrying out of our mission in our local state parks, which is providing education programs, park improvement projects (that would not happen without nonprofits and CSPF), and even the operation of the previously closed Standish-Hickey State Recreation that is now open for public camping and recreation. CSPF has been crucial for all of this.

CSPF has fought for years to keep all of our state parks open, and with amazing success. I can't imagine where our parks and our state would be without their efforts; because all is connected, their influence has reached beyond parks to millions of visitors and thousands of business that are dependent on those park visitors, which then benefits our state and everyone who lives and visits here. Our praise and gratitude can never fully express the true value of their contribution. CSPF is the GREATEST! THANK YOU, CSPF!

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 3 stars  

Let the homeless camp there and have them clean the parks for the privilege !
Solves two problems. A win win for everyone !

 
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CSPF is an awesome organization. Their help and support to the Friends of China Camp (FOCC), the nonprofit volunteer organization that operates China Camp State Park, has been a key piece to our success. They have and continue to: help us with interactions with state government agencies, provide grant money for park improvements, advertize for and recruit volunteers to help maintain the park, train volunteers to lead workday events at the park, provide business expertise in the form of consultants, tutorial and conferences and connect us to volunteers in other state parks (a vital part of our support system). FOCC owes much of our success to CSPF.

 
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The Salton Sea Discovery Kids Camp where kids learn science in a fun and exciting way, would not be possible without the caring and generosity of the California State Parks Foundation. They have been the life blood not only for the Kids Camp, but for the Kids very own Discovery Kids Group Camp Site as well. The Friends of the Salton Sea State Recreation Area, the non-profit Association for the Salton Sea State Recreation Area, cannot thank the California State Parks Foundation enough!

 
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The California State Parks Foundation has provided invaluable support to the State Park cooperating associations in moving forward to help the parks stay alive and thrive. This support has come in the form of grants as well as technical assistance directly related to our work. It is important to note that CSPF has provided a funding lifeline to those of us who stepped up to operate parks on the closure list two years ago. Underscored by staff members of the highest caliber, the special quality and level of partnership that CSPF brings to the table is outstanding, with tangible evidence of its positive impacts on State Parks manifest throughout the system.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

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How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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My, where do I begin? When I was growing up, my parents took us kids camping at many of California State Parks. I grew up on Sonoma, CA, and spent many of my childhood hours at the Sonoma Mission, General Vallejo's home and Jack London State Park, fascinated by the history. When I was married, we took our children on trips to many of California State Parks. What would we do without them? They are not only an enjoyable place to spend a vacation, but they are full of valuable resources... educational, historical, geological, social, .. and on and on. I am fortunate to live In Humboldt County for the past 45 years, 44 of those years a half of a mile from Patrick's Point State Park. I've hiked many of the trails at Patrick's Point as well as Prairie Creek State Park, and Jedediah State Park, and I have been a volunteer at Patrick's Point State Park for the past 15 years. They are a treasure and need to be supported and maintained for future generations.

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

We take every opportunity to visit our California State Parks. We travel a lot in our 1931 Model A Ford and plan our routes to include as many historic and scenic sites as time will allow. We have seen first hand what happens when funding falls short to run and maintain these parks. There are many places that would not be open or in existence, if not for the California State Parks Foundation.

 
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I'm from Germany and the best reason to visit California is: the State Parks!
California State Parks Foundation is indispensable!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a member, volunteer (only once so far, but plan to do it again - it was fun!) and user of CA's amazing state park system, I can't think of a better way to say thank you than to write a review. This organization makes it possible to keep our stunning park system the largest one in the U.S. They organize all types of volunteer activities not just to make the parks a better and more accessible place, but to give concerned citizens -like you and me- a chance to take part in making the world a better place, one park at a time! CA State parks are truly a treasure, and representative of the many ecosystems found in CA. Visiting all of them is on my bucket list - how 'bout yours?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I have been to many state parks and believe they are a beautiful gift and should be cherished. My boyfriend and I volunteered at MacKerricher State Park and the people helping were very organized and friendly. It was a wonderful experience.

 
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