We Need You!
The Fairfax County Park Foundation supports the Fairfax County Park Authority 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.
The Park Authority 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.
2022 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 2022 awardees!
The Adler Foundation was recognized for generously funding the Adler Amphitheater at the Stewardship Education Center; Hunter Mill Melodies Summer Entertainment Series at Frying Pan Farm Park and Chessie’s Carousel horses in Franconia.
Wegmans was honored for supporting the FCPA Summer Entertainment Series Starlight Cinema and Concerts throughout Fairfax County; Burke Lake Park shelters; sponsoring Solar Trail Cameras at the Stewardship Education Center; and numerous park outreach events.
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Friends was recognized for partnering with the Fairfax County Park Foundation to secure feature sponsors for the Stewardship Education Center; and for supporting engaging program and events at the ECLP.
McLean Youth Soccer (MYS) contributed millions of dollars to improve sports facilities including FCPA’s Holladay Field project made possible in partnership with Leidos and the Embassy and Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates. Read more about this partnership!
See all FCPF Eakin Philanthropy Awardees since 2009.
Looking Back 20+ Years of Giving
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 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.