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  • Wednesday, November 02, 2022 10:19 AM | Kevin Korenthal (Administrator)

    This is an occasional series in which we highlight an NAPF member that does something worthy of getting a story in the media.

    Oswegoland Park Foundation presents $25,000 check to park district to help local families in need

    The Oswegoland Park Foundation (OPF) has, for the second time, completely funded the Oswegoland Park District’s Financial Assistance Program.

    In a presentation to park district leadership on Oct. 27, OPF President Karen Kelly and board member Sudeb Chatt delivered a check for $25,000 to cover expenses for local families and individuals who rely on the program to cover the costs of Kids Connection, team and individual sports and other activities available through the Oswegoland Park District.

    Continue reading here.
  • Monday, September 12, 2022 1:32 PM | Kevin Korenthal (Administrator)

    Are you curious how the NAPF supports and grows park foundations around the country? Are you a non-member interested in learning how you can get 3 months of NAPF membership for FREE? Are you a member that wants to learn more about your benefits?

    If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you should watch this 30 minute webinar where we ask and answer critical questions about foundations, the mission and purpose of the NAPF and membership in the organization. Just click the link and enter the passcode.

    Membership at The NAPF: What’s In It For My Foundation?

    Passcode: Cy7pS=E!

    Don't miss out on our September new Member Special!

    Buy a 12-month membership and get 3 months free

    This promotion runs from September 7th through October 7th, 2022.

    This promotion is for non-members. We will have a promotion for renewing members at the end of the year

    Any new member that pays for their membership during the promotional period is automatically enrolled. Your renewal date will be adjusted to 15 months out

    Dues must be paid by October 7th, 2022, in order to qualify

    Previous members whose membership expired prior to January 1, 2022, qualify for this promotion

    The value of this promotion is approximately $100.

  • Wednesday, September 07, 2022 10:42 AM | Kevin Korenthal (Administrator)

    Kaleidoscope Park Foundation (formerly Frisco Park Foundation) is an NAPF member. -KK

    An upcoming 5.7-acre park located near the intersection of the Dallas North Tollway and Warren Parkway has a new name and a park foundation, according to a Communities Foundation of Texas news release.

    Kaleidoscope Park, located within the Hall Park office district in Frisco, is slated to open in late 2023, according to the news release. The park will feature free year-round public programming including weekly films and concerts, fitness and well-being activities, and performances.

    Keep reading here. More reporting here

  • Friday, September 02, 2022 11:53 AM | Kevin Korenthal (Administrator)

    Greensboro Downtown Parks Inc. seeks an energized and motivated individual to serve as Executive Director. 

    This full-time, salaried position requires excellent leadership and fundraising skills, organizational and park management abilities, a high level of attention to detail, strong communication skills, budget management experience, flexibility, a good sense of humor and a general comfort level working with diverse groups of people. A willingness to work numerous nights and weekends is also necessary. 

    This position reports directly to the Greensboro Downtown Parks Inc. Executive Committee and will be evaluated annually based upon the organization’s success.   

    See attachment for more details.

    GDPI Executive Director Job Description.pdf


  • Saturday, August 20, 2022 11:58 AM | Kevin Korenthal (Administrator)

    Ever wonder where our members are located in relation to a map of the United States? Wonder no more. Click here. This is not a real-time map and is arrived at using a download of our active members list from 10-3-22.

  • Saturday, August 20, 2022 11:19 AM | Kevin Korenthal (Administrator)

    The Joliet Park Foundation and its agency have happened upon a heart-warming and viral story related to a stuffed animal that was found in the park.

    "The song, “The Place Where the Lost Things Go”, in the 2018 file, “Mary Poppins Returns”, states that no object is truly lost forever—”just out of place.”

    Such is the case with Odie, a stuffed dog who was left behind at Juliet’s Pilcher Park Nature Center for the past week. According to Sue Gulas, president of the Juliet Park Board of Commissioners, a maintenance worker found her and brought Odie to the front desk."

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  • Sunday, August 14, 2022 1:24 PM | Kevin Korenthal (Administrator)

    The National Association of Park Foundations is proud to announce the creation of its public-facing philanthropic website located at www.supportlocalparks.org. This website was created to draw support from within and outside of the park foundation community to help fund the services that the NAPF provides to its members. 

    On the website, folks can learn about the NAPF, its purpose, mission, vision and activities that support local and regional park and trail foundations, friends groups, alliances and coalitions. They can then choose to support these efforts by making a one-time or recurring donation to NAPF. The funds collected through the charitable giving app are used to offset the cost of advanced park foundation startup and restart consulting services that the NAPF offers to its members. These services are provided at a significant savings vs. hiring for-profit companies/individuals to conduct this work. The funds will also be used to assist the NAPF with creating additional training and continuing education programs. It’s a goal of the association to one-day offer a credentialing process for park foundation employees and volunteer leaders.

    If you or someone you know is looking for a way to support park foundations all across America, www.supportlocalparks.org is a good place to start!

  • Saturday, July 23, 2022 3:57 PM | Kevin Korenthal (Administrator)

    Please join the board of the National Association of Park Foundations in congratulating, our Vice-Chairperson, Debbie Trueblood, MSW, FASAE, IOM, CAE on being nominated to the Board of Directors for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). We are excited about what this opportunity holds for Debbie and believe it reflects positively upon the NAPF to have a volunteer leader serving on the board of such an important and esteemed organization as ASAE.

    Learn more about ASAE here.

  • Wednesday, July 13, 2022 2:48 PM | Cayce Chenault (Administrator)

    BY KATARINA VELAZQUEZ MILWAUKEE

    PUBLISHED 9:21 AM ET JUL. 12, 2022

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee County is home to 169 parks and parkways.

    Jeremy Fojut is from the city and has set a personal goal for himself this summer. He plans to run through all 169 parks.

    He’s doing it to raise money to benefit the parks system. He said for every kilometer he runs, he will be donating to the Milwaukee County Parks Foundation. He said this idea was inspired from his experience with the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “Back during the beginning of the pandemic, what place was there for everyone the most?” Fojut said. “It was the parks, and that’s why I started this journey.”

    Since he began, he’s already knocked off more than 20 parks from his list, but he’s got a lot more left to conquer. His goal is to finish by the fall.

    He said he isn’t a runner by nature, but he’s reaping the mental and physical benefits each day he hits the pavement.

    “My focus is I want to finish this for myself, and that I’m consistent,” said Fojut.

    He said Milwaukee County is full of beautiful and scenic routes, making his trek a little bit easier.

    As he moves forward with each step, he said he welcomes new running partners. He hopes people feel inspired to join him along the way.

    “This isn’t about those big mega donations of $20,000,” he said. “Those would be nice, but it’s about getting everybody active outdoors and in their communities.”

    https://spectrumnews1.com/wi/milwaukee/news/2022/07/08/man-journeys-through-all-169-of-milwaukee-county-s-parks#

  • Friday, July 08, 2022 1:27 PM | Kevin Korenthal (Administrator)

    The City of Greensboro is seeking a visionary leader to serve as the next Parks and Recreation Director. The director must be a passionate, strategic, innovative, and high performing leader who can continue carrying out the “Enhance. Expand. Connect” framework and vision for the Department by building on the substantial strengths of staff and community support. The Parks and Recreation Director will report to the Assistant City Manager for Community Services, works with a Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, the Greensboro Parks Foundation, and numerous other non-profit and community partners, as well as other City Council appointed boards and commissions.

    Read more here: Greensboro_Parks and Recreation Director_Recruitment Brochure (1).pdf

    Apply here.

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