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At Parks California, we work to ensure our State Parks are managed and protected for current and future generations to experience. By amplifying local efforts, promoting and scaling innovative partnerships, we are cultivating the next generation of park stewards for a thriving and stronger California State Park system.

Your gift is a catalyst for change. By giving to Parks California, you are ensuring all people can continue to explore and enjoy the natural diversity California State Parks have to offer—now and forever.

If your employer participates in employer matching programs, your donation to Parks California could be maximized. Please contact your Human Resources department to learn more about your options for increasing your personal contri

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Be a Founder

Parks California was formed to create greater access to parks, workforce development, capital improvements, resource protection, and more – but we can’t do it alone. Parks California Founders are an exceptional, forward-thinking group of individuals, corporations, and foundations whose significant support accelerates our mission and invests in our early accomplishments.

As we continue to build the foundation of Parks California, we extend our deepest gratitude to our current founders, who help us build a stronger, more resilient state park system.

Legacy Founders – $500,000+

Through visionary leadership, these organizations helped start Parks California.

  • Anonymous
  • S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Resources Legacy Fund

Founders – Below $100,000

  • Columbia Sportswear Company
  • Cox Communications
  • Hyde Hill Holdings
  • Mosaic
  • Northrop Grumman Foundation
  • Pisces Foundation
  • REI
  • We Work for Good
  • …and many more individuals and families

Founder donation levels start at $1,000. For more information, contact Natalie Schaefer, EdD/Vice President for Partnerships & Resources at nschaefer@parkscalifornia.org.

Corporate Partnerships

Parks California was created out of a belief that a stronger and more resilient California State Park system is within reach. We are grateful for partnerships that support our mission to strengthen parks and inspire all to explore these extraordinary places.

There are a number of ways we collaborate with corporations to improve park programs and services, visitor-facing amenities, and resource protection. Explore how your organization can make a real difference in parks and the communities they serve across the state.

Sponsorships – Be Part of the Solution

Joining forces with Parks California will align your company’s ethics with state park needs. Together, we can be the change that ensures vibrant parks for future generations.

Cause Marketing – Raising Awareness Together

You care about improving California State Parks for all, and so do your customers. Parks California collaborates with businesses to create exciting campaigns that highlight your core values – all while making a difference in alignment with Parks California’s mission and benefitting state parks.

In-Kind Giving – Donating Goods and Services

Parks California serves California State Parks in so many ways. We welcome in-kind donations that help keep Parks California operating at full capacity. Please contact us to learn more about ways you can support us.

Workplace Giving and Matching Programs – Amplifying Employee Contributions

Through workplace giving and employer matching programs, you can double or triple your donation to Parks California, benefitting state park programs and services. Please contact your Human Resources department to learn more about your options for increasing your personal contribution.

If your employer has special matching and workplace giving events, please let us know. We would love to join you to help spread the word about Parks California’s impactful work across our state.

Fund Your Parks

In addition to raising funds for organizational goals, Parks California raises funds to support specific California State Park programs. Your support ensures these exemplary state park projects reach more children, schools, and families.

PORTS – Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students®

PORTS is a free educational program connecting K-12 students to diverse natural, cultural, and historic places through a live digital field trip experience. Support of this program will help to purchase equipment, provide training for both teachers and park staff, and help to spread this amazing program to more State Parks.

Donate to PORTS

Estate Planning

You can make a meaningful, lasting change for future generations by creating a charitable giving plan with Parks California. Gifts created through estate planning offer you and your family potential tax savings and long-term benefits. Start here to learn the different gift options available to you.

Ways to give:

  • Bequest: In your will or living trust, you can specify a dollar amount to be gifted to Parks California.
  • Securities: You can donate stock to Parks California, which would be used at your direction.
  • Life Insurance or Retirement Plans: These funds can be designated to Parks California. Donating in this manner may reduce the income and estate tax burden for your heirs.
  • Click here for more information.

The options provided here are suggestions for further exploration. Any estate planning should be conducted in consultation with your lawyer or tax advisor.