CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS FOUNDATION

Rating: 4.79 stars   62 reviews

Issues: Environment, Sports

Location: 50 Francisco Street Suite 110 San Francisco CA 94133 USA

Mission: With our 130,000 members, the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) is the only statewide independent nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and advocating for California's 280 magnificent state parks. CSPF is committed to improving the quality of life for all Californians by expanding access to the natural beauty, rich culture and history, and recreational and educational opportunities offered by California's state parks. For more information about California's state parks, visit calparks.org.
Results: Since 1969, CSPF has raised over $209 million for state parks.
Target demographics: our 280 state parks
Geographic areas served: California
Programs: volunteer days, advocacy, capital improvements, and grant giving.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 94-1707583
415-262-4400
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Rating: 5 stars  

I enjoy the newsletters I get from CA State Parks Foundation. I'm hoping to join them to volunteer on one of their Park Champion weekends that include free overnight camping. I'm so glad they are working to keep our State Parks open!

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Rating: 5 stars  

CSPF developed the fundraising program to restore the cottage at Jack London Park, an award winning effort that is now the crown jewel in our park. Further, the mentoring and ongoing financial support for programs and projects help make the park a great success. The Foundation was absolutely FUNDAMENTAL to our early success in operating Jack London State Historic Park as a non-profit. We salute the staff and board for their great work during this challenging time!

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The California State Parks Foundation has been THE key organization in leading the fight to protect California State Parks. I've worked with them closely in the efforts to keep China Camp State Park open after it was threatened with permanent closure back in 2011. They were instrumental in spreading the word about the closure that affected 70 parks all across the state. They organize an annual Park Advocacy Day in Sacramento, in which park supporters get to play a direct role in our democracy, lobbying legislators on issues related to our state parks. They also have a great volunteer program called Park Champions.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

I worked with CSPF for a couple of years, and the people there are passionate about what they do. CSPF is a superhero when it comes to staying on top of our park's needs and doing everything they possibly can to protect them. The organization is also run so fiscally responsibly, we can trust our membership dollars are being used exactly as they should be.

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

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with the California State Parks Foundation for the past six years and I am constantly impressed by the amount of integrity within this organization. Their tireless commitment to supporting our state parks is evident in the programs they coordinate and participate in. Park Advocacy Day has been instrumental in fostering an ongoing discussion between legislators and their park-supporting constituents. Additionally, CSPF’s involvement in the Packard Summer Enrichment Program has provided hundreds of low-income youth with the educational benefits found within our state parks. This non-profit has heart and is truly great.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

We had a great experience by being the Park Champions last weekend. The kids were with us and they had a great educational experience and fun activities!

Thanks a lot for those who organized!!!!!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

As a client and volunteer I have interacted with several members of the California State Parks Foundation over the past six years. My experience with the Foundation has been without exception positive. Foundation employees are talented, dedicated and provide excellent customer service. The California State Parks Foundation maintains an excellent reputation.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand and recruit a more ethnically diverse staff.

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

A lot

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

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The California State Parks Foundation plays a critical and essential role in preserving our 280 state parks, and keeping them open. They have been very creative in forging partnerships with local organizations to make our parks sustainable. Once a park is closed it can be vulnerable to private developers or criminal elements. When I volunteer to visit the Capitol every year on behalf of CSPF, I am always impressed (and relieved) at the reception we get from legislators, due to our mission and the staff of CSPF.....Les Johnson

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

This past weekend my daughter ,age 22, and I participated in the Fort Ross work day. We camped at Salt Point State Park, along with 20 or so other volunteers. Volunteers were all ages and from all parts of Northern CA. It was a wonderful and beautiful experience to work with the people from CA SPF and from Fort Ross. We will do this again.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

CSPF is a great non-profit working hard for the citizens of California to keep our parks open. I support them because they fight for a cause I believe in, and they do tremendous work for the community.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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