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  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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?

Definitely

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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  

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: 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  

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  

6 people found this review helpful

I want my kids and their kids to experience the FUN and education that I have received from the State Parks. This Foundation has helped keep the fact that the State Parks Dept seems to be one of the first hits if there are budget cuts! These are not replaceable resources!! We must be the protectors!!

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

keep the parks open! Keep the rangers and the staff employed and working to keep these precious resources from being cut to bare bones or less!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I used to live across the street from San Bruno Mountain. Everyday, I looked forward to hiking the trail around the mountain. This trail consisted of blackberries, views of San Francisco and beautiful fields of grass. What I enjoyed most about this experience was the ability to see the seasons change. Recreation is vital to a person's well-being. We need recreation and parks in our lives as much as we need sleep and food. This type of nourishment allows for mental/ physical well-being and growth. Without our state parks, California would lose its ability to make recreation available to the average person. We need our parks to live!

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

my personal well-being

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

Open more parks!

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

How much they do with the resources that they have.

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

incredible, awesome individuals that freely shared their knowledge.

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

Create more trails, plant trees, open more parks, have the ability to pay their staff living wages, get more staff.

Ways to make it better...

the organization were more supported by the State of California and had more funding.

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

BUDGET CUTS

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

I love state parks and feel grateful to have them in my life everyday!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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