Support the Parks

Just as you love many places and activities in the parks, you may contribute in many ways!

We come together online, at events, and even at work.

Without you, our community is not complete.

 

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Rialto Beach, Olympic NP | © John Chao

 

Whether you…

…it all adds up.

Online Gifts

Workplace + Monthly Giving

Ask your family and friends!

It’s easy and safe to give online to support Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic National Parks. You may give an unrestricted gift to support all three parks, or choose to support a specific project or funding area. All gifts make a difference!

Give a one-time gift, a monthly gift, or a quarterly gift. Give in honor of someone who’s getting married or simply done something kind. Remember people who have passed away by giving to their favorite park in their memory. Loved ones will be notified.

When you give to the parks through a payroll deduction or electronic transfer of funds (EFT), you’ll be reminded regularly of your tremendous impact! Predictable funding and low overhead allow work to continue with less interruption and more efficiency.

Whether through the Combined Fund Drive for the State of Washington or City of Seattle, or Community Fund Drive initiatives with the United Way at Microsoft, Puget Sound Energy, or many other employers, people all over Washington are choosing Washington’s National Park Fund to support our state’s three largest national parks.

 

Support the Parks

Celebrating a wedding, birthday, anniversary, or another special occasion? Perhaps you’d like to honor a loved one? It’s easy to set up a personal fundraising page to benefit the parks!

The staff at WNPF will help set up your page, and you’ll soon be emailing family, friends, and colleagues to let them know how they can support your favorite park(s) through Washington’s National Park Fund. We’ll assist with what to say. Thank you for helping our parks!

Matching Gifts

Matching donations are a great way to maximize your gift to the Fund! These local companies/foundations – Boeing, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ($3 for every dollar given!), Microsoft, PACCAR, QuoteWizard, Starbucks – are just a handful that match employees donations.  Please inquire with your employer. Matching funds often apply both to volunteer hours and financial gifts. Your HR department can help you learn about options.

To get set up with the Fund, simply contact Executive Director Laurie Ward at laurie@wnpf.org or call (206) 623-2063.

 

Kevin Bacher, Volunteer Program Manager, shared a great story from Mount Rainier illustrating the reach of matching funds:

“One of our Meadow Rover volunteers, Rob Gronewald, contacted me to inquire about the number of hours he had worked over the summer, as his employer had just implemented a new program to donate ten dollars per hour, up to a maximum of $500, for every hour he had volunteered for a government agency under Section 170(c)(1) of the federal tax code. As it turns out, purely by coincidence, he had volunteered precisely 50 hours. Such donations are easily received by our nonprofit partner, Washington’s National Park Fund, on behalf of Mount Rainier National Park. I received an e-mail confirming that his company would be sending $500 to the Fund on our behalf.

An extra $500 may not sound like much, but with volunteers, it goes a long way. That’ll pay for a couple of months of housing, vehicle costs, or per diem for a long-term volunteer. It’ll buy a few dozen volunteer shirts and caps, or enough field supplies to outfit a full season of Citizen Science volunteers. We are tremendously grateful to Rob, and to Tesoro Corporation, for their financial support, in addition, of course, to the 50 hours Rob spent out on the trail!

Tesoro’s matching grant is managed by YourCause, LLC through a program called Dollars for Doers. A quick Google search reveals many companies who participate in similar programs: Capital One, Chevron, Verizon, State Farm, Microsoft, AMD, IBM, Xcel Energy, Kohl’s, ExxonMobil, Coinstar, Redbox, ConocoPhillips, Aetna, Dell, RealNetworks, Allstate, Time Warner, Prudential, Alliant Energy, and many more. Other companies operate similar matching grant programs independently or through other organizations.

This year, consider making your volunteer service go even further! Check with your company and see if they participate in a matching grant program.”

Thanks a lot, Rob!  You too, Kevin!