Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

FRIENDS OF THE MARYLAND STATE FORESTS AND PARKS INC

Preserve, Protect, Advocate and Enhance Maryland State Parks

aka Friends of Maryland State Parks Foundation   |   Annapolis, 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

Mel Poole

Secretary

Tim Casey

Main address

619 Snow Goose Ln

Annapolis, MD 21409 USA

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EIN

52-2049562

Cause area (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 Foundation will focus on programs that recognize parks as an economic contributor to the state's economy, promotes the healthy lifestyle of recreating in parks, educates our children on the environment and protects the cultural and historical resources in our state parks.

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 support for programs that provide activities that promote a healthy lifestyle

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Adults
Budget
$5,000

Provide support funding for restoration and improvement projects

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$10,000

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

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Provide support for outdoor educational programs in Maryland State Parks

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Budget
$5,000

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

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$5,000

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

General/Unspecified,K-12 (5-19 years),Adults

Related Program

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

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

General/Unspecified

Related Program

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

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

Context Notes

The Friends of Maryland State Parks, a 501 (c) 3, a statewide non-profit, independent, all volunteer, and citizen’s 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

Context Notes

• Membership • Donations • One Percent for the Planet • Amazon Smile • Memorials

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Economic Development<br/><br/>Your State parks provides a significant benefit<br/>to the local economies throughout Maryland -<br/>$26 return for every $1 invested for a total of<br/>$650+ million annually.<br/><br/>Healthy Lifestyle<br/><br/>Maryland State parks offer opportunities<br/>and programs that enhance the health and<br/>wellness of its users.<br/><br/>Cultural and Historical<br/>Preservation & Restoration<br/><br/>Maryland State Parks include many historical<br/>and cultural sites such as Fort Frederick,<br/>Harriet Tubman, and the Casselman River<br/>Bridge. Facilities like these will continue to<br/>degrade without your help!<br/><br/>Environmental Education<br/>& Appreciation<br/><br/>Your State parks offer hands-on outdoor learning<br/>opportunities for youth through programs such<br/>as the Junior Ranger, Conservation Jobs Corps<br/>and interpretive programs.

Increase membership and citizen advocacy.<br/>Partnering with state parks in developing programs that support our goals.<br/>Stay engaged with state legislators on the economic and environmental importance of state parks.

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

State budget for state parks.<br/>Number of state park environmental education programs.<br/>Membership numbers.<br/>Number of projects we have partnered with Maryland State Parks and local volunteer groups.<br/>Percent increase in donations received annually.

1. Incorporated in 1997, as a non-profit to develop a state-wide network of citizen advocates for the support of State Parks.<br/>2. Developed and hosted Statewide “Friends of …and Volunteers" Conference.<br/>3. Sponsored first State Parks Week celebration.<br/>4. Built Constituency Relationships with key legislators in the House of Delegates and the Senate. <br/>5. Persuaded Governor Glendenning to establish a Special Commission for MD State Parks to develop a Strategic Vision.<br/>6. Developed a Vision and Mission Strategic Plan for the Friends of State Forests and Parks.<br/>7. Created a Brochure describing the vision, mission, and value of State Parks.<br/>8. Participated in the Governor's Land Preservation & State Lands Transition Team.<br/>9. Successfully Advocated for a Special Resolution conveying the “societal" importance of State Parks.<br/>10. Sponsored a State Parks Budget Improvement Bill that resulted in a Joint Chairman's Report.<br/>11. Supported the 2007 State Parks Funding Study.<br/>12. Supported the Joint Chairman's Report of the Maryland legislature in 2012.<br/>13. Supported Maryland Park Service Programs (Macy's, Park Quest).<br/>14. Created the Friends of Maryland State Parks Foundation (2014).<br/>15. Partnered with Solar Company and Maryland State Parks to install a donated solar array for visitor center.<br/>16. Partnered with local Friends group to add a historically correct fence to state park battlefield.<br/>17. Partnered with Maryland State Parks to plant trees in a heavily used day use park.<br/>18. Distributed an annual report for CY 2015.

Financials

FRIENDS OF THE MARYLAND STATE FORESTS AND PARKS INC
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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 FORESTS AND PARKS INC

Board of directors
as of 9/28/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mel Poole


Board co-chair

Tim Casey

Wendell Jones

Sarah Witcher

Rusty Ruszin

Tom Donlin

Rick Decker

Chuck Hecker

Board leadership practices

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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 ? No
  • 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

Keywords

state parks, healthy lifestyle, quality of life