California State Parks Foundation

Rating: 4.78 stars   67 reviews


50 Francisco Street Suite 110 San Francisco CA 94133 USA


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.


Since 1969, CSPF has raised over $243 million for state parks.

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our 280 state parks

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volunteer days, advocacy, capital improvements, and grant giving.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hi, I am the current Treasurer of the 501c3 that supports Cuyamaca Rancho SP. I am also a 20 year volunteer for California State Parks, and for other wild lands agencies.

It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with the California State Parks Foundation, and its staff and volunteers. On the organizational side, they have a technical assistance center offering free or low cost training and tools that have helped us develop our board and its professional capabilities.

On the volunteer and operation side, their Parks Champion program has supplied us with eager and capable volunteers who match our dedication to the parks and making them better for the public. With no waste or fuss, they schedule work parties with the kind of participants who help us leverage our resources, and the resources of the Park to get things done quickly!

I wholeheartedly recommend them to any donor, and to anyone looking for a place to volunteer and make a difference., Dave Hernandez, Jamul CA.

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The California State Parks Foundation has been THE key organization in leading the fight to protect California State Parks. I've worked with them closely in the efforts to keep China Camp State Park open after it was threatened with permanent closure back in 2011. They were instrumental in spreading the word about the closure that affected 70 parks all across the state. They organize an annual Park Advocacy Day in Sacramento, in which park supporters get to play a direct role in our democracy, lobbying legislators on issues related to our state parks. They also have a great volunteer program called Park Champions.

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I am proud to be a part of this organization and its dedicated staff and volunteers, all doing their part to promote and protect our beautiful state park system. In these times of budget cuts it is heartening to see leadership from a nonprofit that supports the hard work of the Department of Parks & Rec. Yay California State Parks Foundation -- you rock!

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

Watching the growth in foundation membership and resulting increased public awareness of the dangers faced by our park system because of the threat of budget cuts and closing of parks.

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

Provide more funding for parks in California!

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7 people found this review helpful

The Cal State Parks Foundation is one of the most effective and professional non profits I have seen. The staff is fighting hard to get decent financing for the parks, while at the same time developing programs encouraging Californians of all bacikgrounds to enjoy the marvelous park system.

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

Calling attention to the financial plight of state parks.

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

Very professional and knowledgeable

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About every month

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