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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Sports, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park helps to preserve and protect one of America's greatest natural treasures by raising funds and awareness and providing volunteers for needed projects.

Results: Since 1993, Friends of the Smokies has raised more than $47 million to help fund important projects in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Target demographics: Everyone who loves, lives near, visits, and takes cherished memories away from the Smoky Mountains.

Direct beneficiaries per year: The natural and cultural resources in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Geographic areas served: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Programs: Parks as Classrooms, which helps educate 18,000 students annually through hands-on curriculum-based education in the park, Trails Forever, which funds a full-time trail crew to preserve the park's 800+ miles of trails for generations to come, and historic preservation efforts to protect the rich history of east Tennessee and western North Carolina.

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