There are many more worthwhile park projects than the Fairfax County Park Foundation can actively support with fundraising.
This page provides resources and information to assist park advocates and friends groups in fundraising for their projects:
Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grants
The Park Authority funds the Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant Program which awards grants of up to $20,000 to match volunteer funds and in-kind services for projects that improve Fairfax County parks and facilities.
The Foundation Center is a national nonprofit organization with over 50 years of experience connecting grantseekers and grantmakers. It offers free and fee-based online resources and online and classroom training in grantseeking, proposal writing and related subjects.
The Foundation Center's library is open to the public and its online resources and collection of books, periodicals, and other print resources may be used free of charge.
1627 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006-1708
Grants Research and Training Center (GRTC)
GRTC, a cooperating collection of the Foundation Center, provides access to online and print grant resources, sample proposals and the assistance of knowledgeable staff. Some of the online resources are not available for free on the internet. GRTC also offers educational workshops, including instruction in the basics of grant-seeking. There is no charge for these services.
Grants Research and Training Center
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 329
Fairfax, VA 22035
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Washington Grantmakers is a nonprofit membership association of grantmakers in the National Capital Region. Members include family, community, corporate, independent and operating foundations as well as corporate giving programs, governmental grantmakers, grantmaking public charities and individual philanthropists.
Washington Grantmakers does not direct members' grant awards; however, it does provide a downloadable Common Grant Application that can be used to apply for grants from member organizations.
1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 740
Washington, DC 20036
National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)
NRPA is a nonprofit organization of park and recreation professionals and citizen park advocates. Its website has information and links to a variety of park and recreation resources.
Be sure to review NRPA's Park Advocate Handbook, a 64-page guide for creating a park support group. The handbook offers detailed information on formalizing the organization's structure, becoming tax-exempt, fundraising, building alliances in the community, communications, outreach and event planning.
Project for Public Spaces (PPS)
PPS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public places that build communities. It has a strong focus on parks as the centerpiece of vibrant communities. The PPS website has several articles with case studies of successful cooperation of nonprofits and public park departments.
This website is sponsored by the nonprofit organization, Action Without Borders. It is intended to provide a forum for nonprofit organizations to exchange ideas and resources. Membership is free to individuals.
Much of the site's content is directed to established nonprofit organizations but Idealist's Nonprofit FAQ/Development page answers questions and provides links to resources on topics such as grantwriting, funder research, sponsorships, special events, membership programs, and volunteer recruitment.
This website provides free grantwriting tools for use by nonprofit organizations and community groups. The site includes guides for preparing grant proposals, sample proposals and links to grantmakers and grantseeking resources.
Help from the Fairfax County Park Foundation
The Park Foundation can help park advocates and friends groups by receiving, acknowledging and accounting for donations to approved Park Authority projects.
As contributions to the Park Foundation, donations are tax deductible. Funds received by the Foundation are restricted to use for the designated project and are transferred to the Park Authority for that purpose only.
For more information, contact:
Roberta A. Longworth, Executive Director
Fairfax County Park Foundation