Year-round support from these partners translates into wonderful outcomes in our parks. Financial and in-kind contributions from corporate partners defray expenses at events, empower volunteers, and magnify the contributions of individuals through matching funds. These friends move this work forward in very significant ways.
RAINIER, SHUKSAN AND OLYMPUS CLIMBS
Each summer, a few of the climbing companies at Mount Rainier reserve prime climb dates for Washington’s National Park Fund. We then partner up with area businesses whose employees fill the climbs and raise funds for the parks.
For the past few years, Microsoft and REI climbers have partnered closely with the Fund. Together, with the companies’ matching gifts, more than $150,000 is raised annually.
On behalf of the parks, thank you!
Fundraising climbs of Mount Shuksan in North Cascades National Park were added in 2015, and in 2016 we’ve added Mount Olympus. This allows us to meet the goal of hosting fundraiser climbs for each of the parks we serve. Interested? Contact Laurie Ward or call the Fund at 206-623-2063.
WASHINGTON’S NATIONAL PARK FUND FIRESIDE CIRCLES
Few things are as relaxing as sitting with family and friends – old and new – around a camp fire. That’s one of the components of Washington’s National Park Fund’s Fireside Circles.
Board members and friends bring new friends to Fireside Circles held at park lodges, in community settings, and occasionally in homes. Together, everyone learns more about the parks’ current challenges and successes. They meet park staff and take the opportunity to engage in conversations centered on our national parks. Communities of passionate parks people begin forming.
Fireside Circles take place in the spring and fall in the three parks; see the schedule here. We also have a few scheduled in smaller communities, like Sammamish and Mazama.
For more information, or to be placed on our lists of interested attendees, contact Ashley at 206-623-2063. We’ll make sure you’re on the invitation list.
TWO BEERS BREWING COMPANY
Wonderland IPA celebrates 100 years of the Wonderland Trail and raises funds for Mount Rainier National Park
Two Beers Brewing Company, located in the heart of Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood, has added Wonderland Trail IPA to the growing brewery’s year-round lineup to support maintenance of the Wonderland Trail, the exhilarating 93-mile trek around Mount Rainier. Available in 12-ounce cans and on draft at retailers, bars, and restaurants throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. It can also be enjoyed at The Woods tasting room in SoDo (4700 Ohio Ave S), shared with Seattle Cider Company, where craft beer lovers can enjoy pints, tasters, packaged products and more.
We’re grateful to Two Beers Brewing for hosting the one-of-a-kind Beer and Gear Rummage Sale benefiting Washington’s National Park Fund and Wonderland Trail maintenance held on April 30th. Discounted gear was on offer from wonderful community partners including: Therm-a-Rest, Washington Trails Association, Nuun Hydration, The Seattle Bouldering Project, Mountain Hardwear, The Mountaineers, Outdoor Research, evo, Fjällräven, SheJumps, Feathered Friends and more! Thanks, friends!
HAGGEN FOOD & PHARMACY: 2% OF EARTH DAY SALES DONATION
In a very generous show of support for our national parks, West Coast regional grocer Haggen donated $33,690 to Washington’s National Park Fund.
Haggen dedicated 2% of sales on Earth Day from the company’s Washington and Oregon stores, and asked its Facebook followers to vote for their favorite national park between Earth Day on April 22 and April 28. The 1,192 votes determined what percentage of the funds would be donated to each park. The votes have been tallied:
- Olympic National Park received 31% of the votes and $12,433
- Rainier National Park received 27% of the votes and $10,829
- North Cascades National Park received 26% of the votes and $10,428
- Crater Lake National Park received 16% of the votes and $6,417
Thank you Haggen for this very creative campaign and incredible support for our parks!
SUBARU OF PUYALLUP: SHARE THE LOVE
On March 20th, the generous community at Subaru of Puyallup presented the Fund with a check for $17,223 to benefit Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic National Parks!
The Fund was very fortunate to be selected as the beneficiary of this Share the Love Event. Through customer purchases and subsequent donations, $17,223 were donated to WNPF. The Subaru Love Promise is a promise to do right by the community by partnering with nonprofit education, health, community, environment, and animal organizations – to set Subaru apart through our deeds and the deeds of our partners.
This donation to WNPF will help to fund and maintain recreational areas including roads, trails, and parks, as well as improving the visitor experience.Together we are strengthening and improving our parks for all!
Thank you Subaru of Puyallup for Sharing the Love!
IN-KIND AND GENERAL CONTRIBUTIONS
Park staff are often asked, “What can I do to help? Can my company provide you with any gear that might prove helpful?” As grateful as they are, park staff have guidelines that they respectfully follow when it comes to accepting contributions. These guidelines limit the possibilities.
In steps Washington’s National Park Fund. As a nonprofit partner of the parks, this is one of the services we provide. We accept unused goods that meet park standards and are in keeping with their missions, then pass them along to grateful rangers and scientists. As the donor, you receive a letter from us acknowledging your contribution that you can then tuck away until tax time. And know that this can go beyond goods to services (i.e., project management, tech consultation, video production, etc.).
Examples of recent items?
- Outdoor Research jackets that North Cascades National Park uses throughout the winter
- Climbing gear that all three parks use in their Search and Rescue efforts
- Video production service that enables the Fund to tell the parks’ stories more effectively
- Two-way radios that are essential for the parks’ volunteer programs
Think of how you might be able to impact the parks. If it’s in keeping with their mission and plans for future projects, the possibilities are strong that we’ll be able to make things happen.
Have something in mind? Contact Laurie Ward, 206-623-2063.
We’ll gather information, check in with the parks,
and get back to you.
SPRING DINNER AND AUCTION
We love our corporate partners! The Spring Dinner and Auction, our signature event, is successful because of the kind and generous support of so many who give. This year’s focus on science and research brings special attention to the important work being done in our national parks, often with little recognition. This work can’t wait! We are grateful to our partners who share our concern for and love of these wild places.
2015 SPRING DINNER AND AUCTION
Our Spring Dinner and Auction is different. Rangers, Park Superintendents, and scientists are seated amongst the guests. Auction packages are unique and carefully procured; they center on all things parks/outdoors. Those attending share a common bond, as we all care deeply about Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic National Parks.
Throughout it all, we’re giving back to places we treasure and projects that need our attention.