How to Start, Build, and Grow your Local Park Foundation


This session will explore the importance of LOCAL Park Foundations and / or LOCAL Friends of the Parks Groups across the United States, and explore the common components of successful local Park Foundations or Friends of the Park Groups. We will also discuss the important strategies that will help appeal to those in the room that are in the start- up phase of their foundations as well as help those who need to revitalize or strengthen already existing Local Park Foundations or Local Friends of the Parks organizations. The focus for all foundations will be to create more relevance within their communities, greater connectivity with their park department, agency , or district, and an understanding that successful park foundations are governed through strategy and involved citizens and volunteers who have respect for those strategies.

Session Length: 1.25 Hours

Credit: 0.1 CEU

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Donald Ortale

Founding Executive Director, National Association of Park Foundations

Donald Ortale, is a former Park and Rec. elected Commissioner and a 25 year veteran of the non-profit sector. He is currently the Founding Executive Director of the National Association of Park Foundations.

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