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.
Welcome FCPA Executive Director
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.
Memorialize Someone Special at 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."
50th Anniversary Moon Gate Garden
Give to Green Spring’s large-scale moon gate garden which will include a mix of traditional and modern design concepts to draw visitors into a new Asian-inspired garden. The project will begin with the construction of the moon gate near the boundary of the Edible Garden. The medium will be a mix of stone and metal to reflect elements of Green Spring’s historic landscape, designed by trailblazing garden designer Beatrix Farrand in 1942. Beatrix Farrand’s own signature moon gate (pictured below) is an acclaimed feature of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Seal Harbor, Maine.
2021 Eakin Philanthropy Awards
The 2021 Eakin Philanthropy Awardees will be recognized at the virtual Elly Doyle Park Service Ceremony in November. Wayne and Angela Valis and the Valis Family (pictured) are recognized for their generous support of Pinecrest Golf, Burke Lake Park and more.
Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home and Fairfax Memorial Park are being honored for their seventeen-year partnership with Braddock Nights, part of the FCPA Summer Entertainment Series.
The Friends of Colvin Run Mill are receiving an award for their preservation efforts of the historic property.
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.
See details about these Outstanding Contributors on the FCPA Information Release.
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.
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