Growing Partnerships: Local Agency-Foundation Relationships

Includes a Live Event on 11/12/2020 at 2:00 PM (EST)


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Although taxpayer support and generated revenue are the primary sources of support for most local park and recreation agencies, the typical agency does not receive sufficient funding to fully deliver on its mission. With the current global pandemic and economic downturn adding to the financial pressure, partnerships with nonprofit park foundations or “friends groups” may be more critical than ever. 

This webinar will review the agency-foundation relationship in terms of what leads to effective and sustainable partnerships between agencies and foundations. The webinar will feature key findings from the recent research effort, led by Dr. Nick Pitas at the State University of New York-Brockport, that provides evidence-based best practices that maximize the benefits of these valuable and strategic relationships. This conversation will offer insights from park and recreation agency and foundation leaders.



Learning Objectives 

Following this session, learners will be able to:

1. Understand the agency-foundation relationship in terms of what leads to effective and sustainable partnerships.
2. Apply evidence-based best practices to maximize the benefits of agency-foundation relationships.





NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

Dr. Andrew Mowen

Professor of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management | The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Nick Pitas

Assistant Professor of Recreation Management | State University of New York-Brockport

Kevin Roth, PhD

Vice President of Research and Technology | National Recreation and Park Association

Kevin A. Roth is NRPA's Vice President of Research and Technology. Kevin leads the research team in its mission to create valuable data and metrics that enhance park and recreation agency performance and make the case for increased and more stable agency funding. Kevin also oversees the team delivering IT and web services to the association.

Kevin has served in research and leadership functions in the nonprofit association space for more than two decades, including overseeing both research and IT at the Association for Financial Professionals for 13 years and conducting survey research at the National Association of Realtors for four years. Kevin has a Ph.D. in Economics from George Washington University and a BA in Economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

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