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August 13, 2013

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August 13, 2013

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.

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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

July 31, 2013
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July 31, 2013
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!!!!!!

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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

July 24, 2013

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July 24, 2013

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

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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

July 19, 2013
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July 19, 2013
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.

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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

July 11, 2013

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July 11, 2013

As a fourth generation Californian, I was raised in our State Parks. I feel they are my legacy and am grateful for the work the California State Parks Foundation does to help keep them maintained and open to the public.

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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

April 9, 2011

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April 9, 2011

I participated in signature-gathering campaign last year for a ballot for the California State Parks Foundation. I am a donor as well. The importance of this non-profit is extensive. Because of the Foundation many State Parks are still open (even though some have cut back on services), allowing so many individuals and families to enjoy our beautiful and historic parks. With future donations, Cal Parks will be assured to help keep more parks open.

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

visiting State Parks

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

I would not change.

March 30, 2011
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March 30, 2011
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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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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They were wonderful!

Ways to make it better...

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

Keep it just the same!

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

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.

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

March 29, 2011
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March 29, 2011
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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.

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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).

April 2, 2010
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April 2, 2010
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We have raised a family in CA and the first real environmental education experiences are those taught at the beaches and mountain parks that are CA! Our family not only experienced the beauty and serenity of nature, but with the park system we discovered CA history, a love for the vast diversity of CA and have always had it affordable, well maintained and at our fingertips. We need to keep the State Parks affordable, well maintained and at our fingertips - for all CA and our visitors too. There is no better gift to ourselves and our children than preserving and appreciating our great state. The CA State Parks Foundation makes sure we are always working toward that end.

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

every visit to all CA state parks. We were in Ana Nuevo in Feb. and the experience was awesome. We frequently visit Van Damme and McKerricher. Living close to Mt. Diablo makes it our backyard. Daily we experience the State Park Foundation work!

Ways to make it better...

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

be hard pressed to make any changes.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It never ends. The opportunities are endless and they even send me an email to keep me updated on what is available, on-going and how things are going. Talk about transparent gov. We are all a part of this, and it makes a difference.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

awesome. They never ask too much, but make opportunities available and challenging. We are a part of the parks and that makes us stewards and owners. I like that!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

bring the facilities up to pristine condition and continue to offer all that the public expects of its treasures - the parks. I already know it would expand its services to the public. The promises are not empty - we are stewards together.

Ways to make it better...

more volunteers would volunteer more time, treasure or talents. It isn't just an Earth Day event. Every time we spend time in a state park we work to make it better. We use the state parks a lot - because they are our best asset and affordable.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding. Isn't that what it is always about? Money! However, with words well spoken by our own John Muir, we take care of what we know and love. With hard work we can make money and we can also find ways to work beyond it.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the State Park Foundation is one of hope as well. We know what we have and we are working to keep it not only alive for now but forever in the future. If that is not hope and trust, I don't know what is.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Make a big impact gardening, repairing trails, painting, fixing campsites and more in their local state park with a small group of volunteers through our Park Champions Program. New projects are added to the calendar every month. Volunteer