CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS FOUNDATION

Rating: 4.79 stars   63 reviews

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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.
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EIN 94-1707583
415-262-4400
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have worked with the wonderful people at CSPF on several events. As always, they were extremely responsive, knowledgeable and ready to do whatever it took to get the job done! I will be very happy to work with them in the future.
Any non-profit would benefit by watching and learning from the pros at SCPF!

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They were wonderful!

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Keep it just the same!

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I've volunteered with the California State Parks Foundation for Earth Day, and attended 3 of their Park Advocacy Days in Sacramento. The Foundation really knows how to get citizens active in and advocating for parks. Every event has been extremely well-organized. I left feeling like I was having a real impact in really important work and learned quite a bit along the way. Not only are these guys efficient and knowledgable, but they are just fantastic people to work along side of. I really believe that it is their work that has kept our parks as great as they are. I look forward to being a part of these activities next year.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their grassroots organizing to get people out in support of parks.

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

I wouldn't.

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I have worked with CSPF for over ten years. The individuals I have had the honor of collaborating with are dedicated and knowledgeable. They go beyond the call of duty again and again. Every one of them is a hero in my book.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Creating publications that convey the importance of the foundation's work

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

I would take the state parks off the budget chopping block since they are vital to the health and well-being of every citizen of California.

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I have worked with the fine people of the CSPF on more than one occasion. Each time they were professional, kind,and very helpful. I wish all non-profits were run like this one.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working with them on projects within the state parks.

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

no changes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've worked with California State Parks Foundation for more than three years and am impressed by their sense of mission and the quality of their work. My work with the Foundation consisted of helping to plan and implement their annual film series. The series highlights films that were shot, at least partially, in a California state park. The staff's dedication to highlighting the state parks, informing the public about the wonders that abound in the parks and raising funds to supplement ever decreasing state funds that keep our parks open, was astounding. It is an honor to work with this group on behalf of our state park system.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Visiting our state parks with my family.

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

Can't think of one.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The California State Parks Foundation is a "class act" non-profit. They fight to save our State Parks and make California a better place for it. Their Staff, Board and Supporters are more than admirable.

I recommend that everyone become a supporter of this wonderful organization.

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I enjoy many State Parks and benefit directly from the many programs and projects provided by the California State Parks Foundation

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

Expand their advocacy efforts to the local municipalities that are impacted by the revenue brought to their communities because of State Parks and the tourism generation they create.

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I have been to many events and also volunteered in park cleanups, functions, etc. The enthusiasm and dedication of the staff in furthering the integrity of the parks is unsurpassed. With funding cutbacks I'm sure the staff and donors alike will rise to the occasion! This is an outstanding organization.

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Northern California, desert areas, coastal/beaches.

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

advise to keep doing what they're doing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The best ideas come from the California State Parks Foundation. From the Board of Directors though out the staff and volunteers CSPF has been visionary as well as boots-on-the-ground ready to be champions on behalf of our magnificent State Parks.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Save our State Parks Campign, Advocacy Day and Earth Day

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

none

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've lived in Southern California my whole life and take full advantage of the state parks there including hiking and mountain biking. They have always been well maintained and accessible, because of caring people like the California State Parks Foundation. No one fights for state parks like they do.

I always look forward to their Earth Day events.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The accessibility of the nearby parks in my area. Such as Malibu Creek and Baldwin Hills Overlook.

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

Get more recognition... Not too many people are aware of CSPF and what their good mission is.

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1 person found this review helpful

I love volunteering with the CSPF - they are the nicest and most appreciative of all the groups I volunteer with. Its always a pleasure to help out in the parks and with so much appreciation, its always a pleasure to return. They are organized, prepared and helpful to anyone who volunteers. They supply appropriate materials and "training" including health and safety cautions as necessary for each task. They organize refreshments and try to make sure everyone has a positive experience. They are top-notch all the way.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being able to enjoy the parks recreationally when I'm not volunteering with them. But I enjoy volunteering with them so much, that really is part of the pleasurable experience.

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

Make sure they were fully funded and the parks would be fully restored in maintenance and operation with none of them closing. Also make sure that parks are fully staffed to prevent theft and vandalism of park property, as well as regular rubbish collection and operational restrooms that are open to the public (not locked).

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