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California State Parks Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

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


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!


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a member of CSPF, I (selfishly!) trust the Foundation will use the affordable fee of my membership well. I've also worked with CSPF, and found a staff loaded with articulate, informed, and passionate people. The Foundation is constantly churning out creative ways to protect and enhance our state parks. The terrific newsletter I receive keeps me up to date on what's going on, as well as all the podcasts and videos on the site. The organization remains down-to-earth and current at the same time. One thing though - I wish it was more obvious as to where I can sign a petition getting the State Park Access Pass on the November 2010 ballot! As far as I know, CSPF is the only organization in California whose energies are focused solely on our state parks, making it's existence critical. I think it's safe to say that without the Foundation, our stellar parks would be lost to development, and the thousands of people who visit them deeply deprived.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CSPF has been doing a great job of keeping the State Parks financial problems in the public eye and is leading the way to getting something done.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Where would I go if it weren't for my California Parks? I hike, sit and read, picnic, camp and above all REST when i am in one of our parks. They are simply wonderful!!! I recruit new members, and clean up camping areas.