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FRIENDS OF THE MARYLAND STATE PARKS

Preserve, Protect, Advocate and Enhance Maryland State Parks

aka Friends of Maryland State Parks Foundation   |   Ocean City, MD   |  www.friendsofmdparks.org

Mission

The Friends of Maryland State Parks (FMSP)
is a statewide non-profit, independent, all
volunteer, citizen’s 501(c)(3) organization
formed in 1997 to preserve, protect, enhance
and advocate for our state parks — one of
Maryland’s most precious treasures. We believe
state parks are public lands that belong to “all
citizens” and future generations.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Friends of Maryland State Parks Foundation is a mission of the larger Friends of Maryland State Forests and Parks, Inc. This year is the inaugural year of its existence. The parent Friends group has been advertising for state parks since 1997. We appreciate any input or assistance you can offer in development of the foundation.

Ruling year info

1998

President

Chuck Hecker

Secretary

Tim Casey

Main address

P. O. Box 3284

Ocean City, MD 21843 USA

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Formerly known as

Friends of Maryland State Forests and Parks Inc

EIN

52-2049562

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Friends of Maryland State Park has focused on the benefits of state parks to the citizens of Maryland. These benefits include but are to limited to living a healthy lifestyle, environmental education, historical preservation and the local and state economy. In 2020 we introduced a new small grants program for state parks across the state of Maryland. Fifteen grants were awarded.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Healthy Lifestyles, Environmental Awareness and Education, Cultural and Historical Awarene

Provide small grants to Maryland State Parks to support programs that provide activities that promote a resource protection, visitors living a healthy lifestyle and historical preservation.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Provide support funding for restoration and improvement projects

Population(s) Served
Adults

Advocate for funding and support of Maryland State Parks for all citizens

Population(s) Served
Adults

Provide support for outdoor educational programs in Maryland State Parks

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Provide support for programs that protect and preserve natural resources in Maryland State Parks

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of donors lending

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Healthy Lifestyles, Environmental Awareness and Education, Cultural and Historical Awarene

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Friends of Maryland State Parks Foundation has joined 1% for the Planet, an international organization that connects businesses, consumers and non-profit organizations to make a positive impact on our

Number of meetings held with decision makers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Healthy Lifestyles, Environmental Awareness and Education, Cultural and Historical Awarene

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The FOMSP Board of Directors meets in person or virtually at least quarterly. Additional meetings may occur during the Maryland legislative session.

Dollars donated to support advocacy efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Healthy Lifestyles, Environmental Awareness and Education, Cultural and Historical Awarene

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Friends of Maryland State Parks, a 501 (c) 3, a statewide non-profit, independent, all volunteer, and citizens organization formed in 1997.

Number of demonstration project or pilot sites

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Healthy Lifestyles, Environmental Awareness and Education, Cultural and Historical Awarene

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Membership Donations One Percent for the Planet Outdoor Afro Memorial Reforestation

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Economic Development

Your State parks provides a significant benefit
to the local economies throughout Maryland -
$26 return for every $1 invested for a total of
$800+ million annually.

Healthy Lifestyle

Maryland State parks offer opportunities
and programs that enhance the health and
wellness of its users.

Cultural and Historical
Preservation & Restoration

Maryland State Parks include many historical
and cultural sites such as Fort Frederick,
Harriet Tubman, and the Casselman River
Bridge. Facilities like these will continue to
degrade without your help!

Environmental Education
& Appreciation

Your State parks offer hands-on outdoor learning
opportunities for youth through programs such
as the Junior Ranger, Conservation Jobs Corps
and interpretive programs.

Small grant program.
Increased presence on social media.
Increase membership and citizen advocacy.
Partnering with state parks in developing programs that support our goals.
Stay engaged with state legislators on the economic and environmental importance of state parks.

Dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer base.
A leadership with a strong background in business and government administration.
Professional and competent state park employees.

1. Incorporated in 1997, as a non-profit to develop a state-wide network of citizen advocates for the support of State Parks.
2. Developed and hosted Statewide “Friends of …and Volunteers" Conference.
3. Sponsored first State Parks Week celebration.
4. Built Constituency Relationships with key legislators in the House of Delegates and the Senate.
5. Persuaded Governor Glendenning to establish a Special Commission for MD State Parks to develop a Strategic Vision.
6. Developed a Vision and Mission Strategic Plan for the Friends of State Forests and Parks.
7. Created a Brochure describing the vision, mission, and value of State Parks.
8. Participated in the Governor's Land Preservation & State Lands Transition Team.
9. Successfully Advocated for a Special Resolution conveying the “societal" importance of State Parks.
10. Sponsored a State Parks Budget Improvement Bill that resulted in a Joint Chairman's Report.
11. Supported the 2007 State Parks Funding Study.
12. Supported the Joint Chairman's Report of the Maryland legislature in 2012.
13. Supported Maryland Park Service Programs (Macy's, Park Quest).
14. Created the Friends of Maryland State Parks Foundation (2014).
15. Partnered with Solar Company and Maryland State Parks to install a donated solar array for visitor center.
16. Partnered with local Friends group to add a historically correct fence to state park battlefield.
17. Partnered with Maryland State Parks to plant trees in a heavily used day use park.
18. Small grant program awarded 15 grants in 2020 for conservation and environmental education.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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FRIENDS OF THE MARYLAND STATE PARKS

Board of directors
as of 01/16/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Chuck Hecker

Wendell Jones

Sarah Witcher

Rusty Ruszin

Rick Decker

Mel Poole

Tim Casey

Stacy Schaefer

Fran Gower

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/16/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/16/2023

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.