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.


Your Gift Can Help Get the WONDER Wagon Rolling!

Fairfax County Park Authority's Mobile Nature Center vehicle design.

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.

Contributions from Pohanka Automotive and Fairfax County Park Foundation funded the purchase of the WONDER Wagon! Learn how your thoughtful gift will help make the Mobile Nature Center a reality.


Memorialize or Honor Someone Special at the Moon Gate Garden

Susan G. Akroyd.The future Moon Gate structure and hardscape is generously funded by Arlene Evans and Barry Dewberry. The Fairfax County Park Foundation is actively seeking additional contributions for plantings to create a Garden. Green Spring Gardens is a gorgeous park to honor the life of a loved one, especially as part of the Moon Gate Garden.

Generous donor, Victor E. Schwartz, Esq. shared, "I am pleased to make a memorial contribution to honor my dear friend, Susan G. Akroyd, (1945-2021) a retired principal at Parklawn Elementary, a Title I school. It is fitting that Susan will be memorialized in the seating area of the future Moon Gate garden at beautiful Green Spring Gardens where we enjoyed conversations and many walks together."

Donors contributing $5,000 or more will be recognized on a lovely plaque to be installed within the Moon Gate Garden. Donate $50 or more to add your name or to honor someone special on Our Giving Tree!

Read more about this exciting feature and make a gift for the Moon Gate Garden!


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!

In 2025, FCPF will celebrate 25 years of helping to make Fairfax County parks accessible for all to 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!