We Need You!

The Fairfax County Park Foundation supports the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) by raising private funds, obtaining grants and creating partnerships that supplement tax dollars to meet our community's needs for park land, facilities and services. FCPA receives less than 1% of Fairfax County's General Fund budget and while fees provide nearly 60% of operating expenses, some programs and facilities can't be fee-based. These areas are where the Foundation specifically provides support.


A Mobile Nature Center Vehicle will help get the Wonder Wagon rolling!

Van concept for Fairfax County Parks mobile nature center equity outreach.
FCPA Mobile Nature Center vehicle concept inspired by Cleveland Metroparks.

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia approved a grant to the Park Foundation for FCPA’s Mobile Nature Center’s initial programming needs and supplies.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors budgeted funds for FCPA staffing in alignment with the One Fairfax joint Racial and Social Equity Policy.

FCPF is SEEKING A VEHICLE similar to the concept from Cleveland Metroparks, pictured. Learn how your thoughtful gift will help make the Mobile Nature Center a reality.


2023 FCPF Eakin Philanthropy Awards

The Park Foundation established the Eakin Philanthropy Award to recognize visionary, financial, and material contributions that significantly enhance Fairfax County parks. The award is named in honor of LeRoy Eakin, Sr. who donated 14 acres of land in 1951 which became Fairfax County's first park.

Congratulations to the 2023 awardees!

Moongate Garden elevation rendering.

Arlene Evans and Barry Dewberry are appreciated as Signature Benefactors for generously funding the future Moon Gate structure and hardscape at Green Spring Gardens.




Springfield Nights music performance.

Interstate Moving|Relocation|Logistics is honored for sponsoring the popular FCPA Summer Entertainment Series including Springfield Nights, Braddock Nights and county-wide concerts and movies throughout Fairfax County; the Combo Classic Golf Tournament in addition to pro-bono services to relocate numerous steel benches to FCPA Golf Courses.


Children standing around the tree carved with animals.

The Friends of Hidden Oaks Nature Center have partnered with FCPF over the years to secure contributions that fund many projects such as the Tree Snag Chainsaw Animal Sculpture and Bench; Hidden Oaks Nature Center Camp Scholarships; Microscope and support for the Meaningful Watershed Education Experience program.


See all previous FCPF Eakin Philanthropy Awardees since 2009.


Looking Back 20+ Years of Giving

FCPF 20th Anniversary logo.In April 2000, the forward-thinking Park Authority Board approved the establishment of a dedicated Foundation to attract supplementary support. The Fairfax County Park Foundation’s first volunteer Board of Directors was formed to raise funds, obtain grants and create partnerships that enrich parks. As this exciting 20th Anniversary year is a wrap, here is a video of the Top 20 Highlights made possible by volunteers and generous donors just like you through the Fairfax County Park Foundation. Thank you – and enjoy!

Your IRA Distribution Gift can Help Parks

The Godbolds.The Pension Protection Act of 2006 states that you may contribute funds from your IRA if:

  • You are age 70½ or older.
  • The gift(s) do not total more than $100,000 annually.
  • The gift is made on or before December 31 to qualify for that calendar year.
  • Funds are transferred directly from an IRA or Rollover IRA.
  • Gifts are made to a qualified charity, such as the Fairfax County Park Foundation.

Making the charitable gift from your IRA is simple. View these three easy steps.

"Steve and I use his IRA distribution to donate to many charities, and the Park Foundation is special, of course. To me, FCPA’s Summer Entertainment Series, Starlight Cinema puts “One Fairfax” in action – a free outdoor movie for anyone, especially families, to enjoy. What’s not to like about that?!!" - Maggie Godbold, pictured with Steve.

FCPF is grateful for Leadership Society donors whose philanthropy enriches Fairfax County parks while inspiring others to help!