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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Environmental Beautification, Parks & Playgrounds

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.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 MAPA

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are lucky enough to live near some of California's most beautiful state parks. Just yesterday we stopped by Pt Lobos State Reserve to walk the forested trails and watch sea otters tumble in the emerald-colored water at Whaler's cove. Two weeks ago we camped at DL Bliss State Park at Lake Tahoe--an annual family-centered trip. And last month, my daughter and nephew spent a week at the Monterey State Historic Park adobes. While dressed in period costumes, they made tortillas, braided rope, branded leather and learned songs, games and dances from the early California period. These experiences enrich us and provide a much-needed respite from our highly structured, screen-focused lives. Site improvements & restoration, educational programs, and simple access to our state parks would not be possible without the California State Parks Foundation. The work of this nonprofit is more important than ever.

Previous Stories

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been fortunate to work with several staff members of the California State Parks Foundation. In addition, I frequently visit my local state parks and beaches. Just yesterday, I went hiking with my kids in my favorite local state park--Point Lobos. Gave me a chance once again to appreciate the important work of the dedicated professionals who make up the California State Parks Foundation. We need our state parks more than ever and the California State Parks Foundation plays a vital role in keeping our parks open and accessible. Keep up the great work!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is a pleasure working with the California State Parks Foundation to create a stronger state parks system. They are tireless in their efforts to keep parks open and accessible for all Californians, and I am happy to play a supporting role in their work. They recently did an amazing job hosting their annual Park Advocacy Day in Sacramento - the event was extremely organized and highly effective in advocating for our parks.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am proud to support the California State Parks Foundation and to call myself a partner in their critical work to keep parks safe and accessible for everyone. As a CSPF Earth Day volunteer and Parks Advocacy Day participant, I have also seen firsthand how the Foundation's programs directly benefit the parks and engage the community. CSPF has demonstrated again and again that they can make real, positive change happen -- for our parks, and the people who enjoy them!