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. (pictured with Laura Eakin Erlacher and Eakin Family members) who donated 14 acres of land in 1951 which became Fairfax County's first park.
Congratulations to this year’s awardees!
The Adler Foundation will be 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 will be 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 will be 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.
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.
Join the Lazars to Help Our Environment
A special challenge match is underway with a $1 for $1 donation to the Park. Foundation's Lazar Family Fund up to $7,500!
Tibor Lazar, sons Keaton and Corvin, and Heidi Allen continue to help preserve, protect and care for the environment by building a fund for future natural resource stewardship of Fairfax County parkland.
“We want this fund to be a starting base and encourage other people to give to this fund so we can have good-quality parkland that people can enjoy,” said Heidi, a dedicated volunteer who often helps with local invasive management clean-up efforts.
Read about the 2020 NACPRO Outstanding Contributor, 2019 Elly Doyle Outstanding Volunteer and Eakin Philanthropy Awards in the full Lazar Donor Profile.
Make a gift to join the Lazars to help preserve, protect and care for natural environment in your parks!
Thank you for considering this ideal opportunity to DOUBLE Your DONATION. By acting locally, we can change the world.
FCPA Executive Director Tours Parks
In September 2021 when Jai Cole was selected as the Executive Director of the Fairfax County Park Authority (and ex-officio Director on the Park Foundation Board), she announced her commitment to tour each of FCPA’s 420 parks!
Ms. Cole returns to her childhood park system as a park professional with more than two decades of leadership experience with award-winning recreation and park agencies. Read her full bio for additional information about education, experience, and interests. Click here for the Q&A interview by InsideNOVA.com.
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Buy and support your parks at the same time when you shop on Amazon. You'll bring smiles throughout Fairfax County’s 420 parks!
The Park Foundation can receive a 0.5% donation of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases. Designate Fairfax County Park Foundation today.