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Causes: Animals, Arts & Culture, Environment, Historical Organizations, Land Resources Conservation, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: As the official philanthropic partner of the national park service, the national park foundation generates private support and builds strategic partnerships to protect and enhance america's national parks for future generations.

Programs: Protect national parks - the national park foundation secures private and philanthropic funds to enhance, preserve, and restore the natural and historic resources stewarded by nps. The foundation's support is invested primarily through strategic partnerships. Specific investments include protecting private inholdings in national parks, restoring trails and historic structures, conserving wildlife and their habitat, and making the parks more sustainable in their use of natural resources. I. Npf supported major projects to preserve and rehabilitate historic places at several parks including pullman national monument, washington monument, glacier national park, and great smoky mountains national park. Ii. Npf raises private philanthropic support to acquire, on behalf of the national park serivce, private inholdings in grand teton national park, acadia national park and yosemite national park. Iii. Npf continues to seek private philanthropic support for construction and implementation of programmatic opportunities associated with the flight 93 national memorial. Iv. Npf directs funds secured from court orders, mitigation, and the settlement of criminal and civil cases to the most critical conservation and restoration projects at national parks, consistent with a court's direction.

connect people with national parks - the national park foundation is dedicated to creating meaningful opportunities for people of all backgrounds to visit and connect with our national parks and the programs they offer. Npf is dedicated to inviting all people to experience, enjoy, and create life-long relationships with national parks and bringing the parks to the people by making investments in digital technology, establishing and running a national public awareness campaign for the national parks, and connecting urban and diverse communities to parks. I. In fy 2017, the national park foundation continued its work on find your park/encuentra tu parque, a public awareness and education program to make parks relevant to peoples lives, engage them in our parks, and inspire people to support their parks. This program is funded through corporate contributions and focuses much of its efforts on the millennial generation. Fyp invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to the nation's natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history. Ii. In spring 2016, the united states mint began minting and selling coins commemorating the centennial of the national park service. Three coins were sold through the mint and at parks across the country until the end of 2016. In fy 17, the foundation received $2. 2 million in proceeds from these sales which will be invested in priority projects that relate to the protect, connect and engage aspects of npf's mission. Iii. The national park service centennial act was signed into law on december 16, 2016. The law affects npf in three specific ways: 1) providing $10 million per year to the foundation from the sales of national park senior passes to fund an endowment for national parks at the foundation. The foundation will use the proceeds of the investment earnings from the endowment to fund signature park projects that support the priorities of the national park service. 2) authorizing a $5 million annual appropriation to the national park foundation to provide matching grants for park improvement projects. 3) amending the npf statute to remove the secretary of the interior as the chair of the board.

engage the next generation of park stewards - the national park foundation is dedicated to establishing national parks as powerful learning environments that provide in-depth experiences that shape lives and strengthen our parks. Npf's programs engage volunteers by growing the 21st century conservation service corps, expand the role of teachers, and nurture connections to our national treasures. Programs like youth corps and every kid in a park provide the nation's youth park related learning experiences that yield life long engagement with parks. I. Thru grants from the national park foundation, nps and partners created opportunities for over 23,000 people to connect to the parks through community engagement programs. Ii. Npf supported programs around the nation that hired 274 youth to serve in conservation corps. These corps members restored trails and removed invasive species at olympic national park, mount rainier national park, sequoia and kings canyon national park, and many others. Iii. Npf raised funds for and administered the open outdoors for kids / every kid in a park programs. Through these youth-focused initiatives, the national park foundation is reaching elementary aged children from across the country and providing them the chance to experience and learn from national parks. Npf raises and provides funds to support in-park programs and provide transportation to the park.

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This organization spends millions of donor dollars on advertising campaigns and marketing activities and calls them "programs" so they can achieve a strong impact score. They've been doing so for more than 5 years now and just recently launched a new one Wonder Calls that is basically just advertising pretty pictures of parks. The CMO even stated he wants to see Wonder Calls in every airport in America. How does that protect the parks?