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National Parks Conservation Association

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Environment, Environmental Education, Land Resources Conservation, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: We're protecting and enhancing America's National Park System for present and future generations.

Results: The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) works on the ground, in and around our national parks, conducting research, and working hand-in-hand with park staff, community leaders, park advocates, and state and federal legislators to ensure that our national parks and monuments are welcoming and well funded, well managed and well protected for generations today and tomorrow. NPCA can be found mobilizing citizens and joining with communities, businesses, landowners, and activists; promoting legislation that strengthens protections for the national parks, advocating for the funding our national parks and monuments need, establishing or enforcing legal safeguards through the courts; and doing everything we can to protect our national parks for years to come. NPCA was established in 1919 to be an independent voice for our National Park System. One of our founders, Stephen Mather, was also the first director of the National Park Service, which was established in 1916. Mather and others saw a clear need for an independent voice outside of the federal government to protect the nation’s parklands. For more than 90 years, the nonpartisan, independent, membership organization has been the leading voice of the American people in protecting and enhancing the park system’s superlative examples of America’s natural, cultural, and historic heritage. NPCA and its more than a million members and supporters are committed to preserving the most diverse park system in the world for us now and for those who will come after.

Target demographics: Protect and preserve our nation’s most iconic and inspirational places for present and future generations. We celebrate the parks — and work tirelessly to defend them — whether on the ground, in the courtroom or on Capitol Hill.

Geographic areas served: America's National Parks

Programs: Engage, educate, and empower americans: the long-term viability and vibrancy of the national parks depend on a broader, more diverse, committed, and engaged constituency that values the national park idea. To gain broader support for the parks, the association will seek through this strategic priority to create a larger national park community that is engaged, educated, and empowered to protect and enhance our national parks and monuments. This broader community will include non-traditional allies and a broader constituency that more closely represents the changing demographics of america.

protect and restore: the association protects parks from external threats that negatively effect, degrade, or destroy park resources or values, and serves to protect, restore, and maintain park, natural, and cultural resources unimpaired for future generations. The association has offices across the country to ensure that threats to resources at our parks are detected early and solutions to these threats implemented quickly. The association also identifies and cultivates park champions who can advance policies that protect parks and thwart emerging threats.

strengthen and enhance: the association will ensure that the national parks have the money they need to keep parks open, thriving, and in good repair by securing adequate funding for the national park service and identifying additional public and private funding sources. New national parks are added to the system or expanded to tell the full story of america. Through its center for park management the association works with the national park service to promote and enhance the management capacity within the national park service.

Community Stories

114 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

The NPCA is working so hard to protect our parks. We need them more than ever. Our parks are in danger and we must keep them safe

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a frequent visitor to our national parks and am personally familiar with the important contributions of this important association.

Donor

Rating: 5

My experience is the awe I have every time I go to a National Park. The NPCA is dedicated to ensuring these national treasures are maintained for today and the future. My family has had enjoyed many great National Park experiences - most recently at North Cascades NP.

Patricia T.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the National Parks Conservation Association because they are committed to saving our National Parks. I have been very worried about this current national administration destroying our National Parks, our natural national treasures. By supporting the National Parks Conservation Association I believe I am helping to stop the destructive actions and work towards preserving these National treasures for all to use and enjoy

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband regularly goes hiking in some of our local National Parks The parks are kept very nice for visitors and we would hate to think what might happen if these wonderful oasis were not kept up. We also appreciate the rangers that are available in the large parks. they help educate us and keep us safe.
Thank you!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I appreciate the calendar, mailings and all their efforts to preserve the beauty and access to our national parks.

Helen Mulder W.

Donor

Rating: 5

Outdoor activity renews the spirit and the body. The National Park system in our country is a national treasure. Open areas, nature in its untouched beauty, animals seen in their natural habitat can save lives. I believe this so strongly that I am taking a group of students from Florida to Yosemite National Park in California. To be able to hike in the mountains, embrace a Sequoia Tree, dip our feet in a cold mountain stream, be challenged by Half Dome, and marvel at untouched meadows is heaven on earth. NPCA conserves and renews these areas annually. That's why I support them, and enjoy the magazine they put out each month.

Donor

Rating: 5

We love our National Parks they never disappoint! I think they do a great job keeping them up for the public to enjoy!

Donor

Rating: 5

NPCA is a great advocate for our National Parks. The association keeps me well informed through email newsletters of top issues they are working on. The magazine has exposed me to so many of our national resources I wasn't aware of and we've incorporated visits to these locations into our travels.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a non-profit that gets things done! With their advocacy, real changes have been made to preserve our natural resources and open more land for preservation and the enjoyment of all. I was especially pleased to see my former Army duty station, Fort Monroe, VA, added to the national parks list. Getting this done was an incredibly quick turn-around , compared to how the government often operates, and I credit it in part to the passionate advocacy of NPCA.

Donor

Rating: 4

National Parks are one of America's great assets. This Association is working to make sure the parks remain for us and future generations to enjoy.

Donor

Rating: 5

Their beautiful magazine keeps me informed about or national parks and their continued stewardship to protect them for generations to come.

Donor

Rating: 5

Somehow, NPCA manages to wade through the obstruction and mire that is Government and have an impact.

Donor

Rating: 5

The NPCA has always been there to maintain and protect the well being of our National Parks. Doing their part to protect Mother Earth.

Donor

Rating: 5

i've been a member for ~ 15+ yrs : they work to help protect the national parks via outreach, identfying issues and promoting ways to assist, and education. they also have a great magazine that has articles on various parks and what you can do to help protect and assist in preserving our national sites.

Rita L. G.

Donor

Rating: 5

Along with Nature Conservancy & Earth Justice, NPCA continues to be a defender of the environment and a cause well worth supporting. I thank them for their continued hard work and dedication.

Donor

Rating: 5

I chose to become a member of the National Parks Conservation Association because I feel strongly that it's a citizen's responsibility to help ensure that the great, beautiful open spaces we now enjoy remain in good condition, safe from the clutches of developers and degradation from environmental neglect or exploitation. I believe that NPCA is driven by that mission, so their efforts are well suited to my thinking. I know that what little I can contribute is just a drop in the huge need bucket, but if everyone who loves the parks and the idea of preserving public open spaces would pitch in what they can, we would ALL feel the pride of being more personally invested in what we might otherwise tend to take for granted. We need to actively protect the things that enrich and uplift us. We need those things now more than ever, and they seem to be being threatened now more than ever. So there is some urgency around the giving.

I have enjoyed the printed materials that the NPCA produces and don't feel inundated with solicitations and mailings, as I have with some other nonprofits. And because NPCA is well rated by Charity Navigator (which I pay attention to very strictly now when giving to any organization), I have maintained my membership with them while my giving to other organizations has ceased. When I receive communications from NPCA, I feel they are talking very personally to me and that my donations make a difference to them. So I do feel like a "member" of something good and the parks really now feel more like they belong to me. I will continue to give to this organization as long as I am able and as long as they continue to manage their money wisely and well.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I wish NPCA could get its ducks in a row and move from 3-star status on Charity Navigator to 4-star status. 77% of money going to work of preserving our national parks is good, but other charities manage to do better on this measure.
Perhaps less money spent harassing members like me who give their one modest contribution once a year, the same time every year, trying to get us to give more.
I continue to give because I believe it's important work, and no one else is doing anything in the area on as comprehensive a scale.

Donor

Rating: 5

GREAT CAUSE. Well run. Effective programs. The country profits much with NPCA.

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Donor

Rating: 5

They help preserve the National Parks and provide info about the parks.

Minnie W. H.

Donor

Rating: 5

Love the parks and how they are being maintained. Let us support our national parks.