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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

23 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!

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I use the state parks several times a week to get out in nature, enjoy the trees, the fresh air, the wildlife, and activities such as hiking and running. They are a critical resource to the health of our people and our planet. We must preserve and maintain our open spaces. At a time when drug dealing and other criminal activity is increasing in our state parks, we cannot afford to be cutting back or closing them! These are the dangers that lead to fires, and worse. The state parks need our support now more than ever. The California State Parks Foundation is doing an excellent job of educating people about the value of our parks system, and helping to fight the cutbacks the system is facing.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The State Parks Foundation is paying attention to the political and budgetary actions that affect the future of the parks. They do a great job of keeping their membership current on this information. They also are doing a great job of educating people about various parks, so that people can feel a sense of ownership and stewardship towards these beautiful areas.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Now that my son is 8yrs old, he is learning to love camping. We look forward to taking him to our California State Parks. We encourage him to help keep them clean. I want this to be a continued tradition and am afraid that we will not be able to do this with all the State Parks closing.

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I enjoy using California State Parks and I am grateful for anyone and everyone who works to allow me to visit the beautiful places in our state; to keep them clean; to keep them safe; but most importantly...to KEEP them!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My first outing when I came to CA 35 years ago was to a state park; I find you can tell a lot about a place by how the parks integrate and support the rest of the community. Now at 60 I loo back having grown my kids camping weekends, hikes, and these include many holidays.. and am so grateful for this resource. I daily visit a locak park to walk and when the world is stressful, find peace and hope in the parks; the staff I have encountered are helpful and informative and inspiring. Is more than places to go, our parks are a place of possibility.. I now find myself reading and taking classes so I can become more knowledgable and a GOAL is to docent when I retire in 2 years.. With the mess this state has gotten into-- the PARKS are something we can TRULY be PROUD of and to which are attracted folks from all over the world! Preserve, Enrich, Cherish, and Support these unique resources.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have spent countless hours camping, backpacking, hiking and playing in the State Parks. I couldn't even fathom not being able to go out to one of our wonder State Parks to explore the natural beauty, learn a bit about our history and get enjoy some peace and quiet. I know my world would be a lot more unbearable without the State Parks and I'm sure many others agree.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Cal State Parks are some of the cleanest and prettiest parks around. We want to keep the parks open FREE for everyone to enjoy.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We use the State Parks of California many times throughout the year, and most recently was 2 days ago at San Onofre State Beach in San Clemente. The staff is always helpful, competent, polite and informed. The parks are always well-maintained and free of trash and troublesome elements. The State Parks serve as an indispensable and invaluable resource for our family when we wish to 'get away from it all.'

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I work at a vacation rental company and we have fantastic state parks in our area. Every time someone asks me what to do or where to go on their vacation I direct them to these parks. And every time guests reply that they were so impressed with the parks, their kids saw something new, they experienced nature, hiked, biked, walked and observed in ways that make this a favorite vacation memory! I'm dis-heartened that our closest state parks have reduced access, hours, and so on as a result of budget woes. Some of the most memorable places for guests are now harder to get to or unavailable. I want to show off our state's best spots not have them fall into disrepair... I know the CSPF needs as much support as possible to keep these fantastic place available to locals and tourists a like!

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Californians own an amazing and unique State Park system. AND, I think all of California should be grateful to the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) for their tireless efforts to repair, improve, and SAVE our State Parks. Through their constant communication via traditional and electronic media, CSPF has kept us informed of potential budget threats and the many ways we as individual Californians can volunteer to help keep our Parks healthy. Through Facebook, Twitter, their beautifully produced newsletter