California State Parks Foundation

Rating: 4.79 stars   62 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Environment, Sports


50 Francisco Street Suite 110 San Francisco CA 94133 USA


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


Since 1969, CSPF has raised over $209 million for state parks.

Target demographics:

our 280 state parks

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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