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FAIRFAX COUNTY PARK FOUNDATION, INC.

Help Enrich YOUR Fairfax County Parks!

aka FCPF   |   Fairfax, VA   |  www.fairfaxparkfoundation.org

Mission

FCPF supports the Park Authority by raising private funds, obtaining grants and creating innovative partnerships that supplement tax dollars to meet our community's needs for park land, facilities and services. FCPA receives less than 6/10 of one percent of Fairfax County's General Fund budget. While fees from recreation centers, golf courses, and classes provide for nearly 60% of the Park Authority's operating expenses, some programs and park facilities can't be fee-based. These areas are where the Foundation specifically provides support. FCPF helps to support open space land; improve parks, trails and recreational facilities; restore and improve historic sites and nature centers; and provide healthy, recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities and low-income children.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF) follows policies, codes of conduct and standards set by the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Government. The FCPF Board of Directors and staff are committed to support the One Fairfax social equity policy to ensure that all county citizens have the opportunity to attain a high quality of life through Fairfax County’s award-winning park system.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Ms. Roberta A Longworth

Main address

12055 Government Center Parkway Suite 404

Fairfax, VA 22035 USA

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EIN

54-2019179

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Parks and Playgrounds (N32)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Fairfax County Park Authority receives less than 6/10 of one percent 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 outreach areas are needs in which the Foundation specifically provides support to help to close the gap between resources and community needs.

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?

Rec-PAC Summer Camp

Rec-PAC is the Fairfax County Park Foundation’s campaign to provide summer camp support and scholarships for elementary school children who are eligible for free and reduced –price school lunches. The children are enrolled with other kids in the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Rec-PAC summer camps – a six week, seven hours per day structured recreation program. Camps were held at 40 elementary schools throughout the county. Camp activities include fitness and nutrition, indoor and outdoor games, sports, nature, crafts, talent shows and community service projects. There are even special inclusion sites for children with disabilities. In an average year, more than 4,000 children stay active in the educational RecPAC Summer Camp program.
See more at https://fairfaxparkfoundation.org/our-projects/recpac-summer-camp/

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
People with disabilities
Social and economic status

The PACT (Parks and Community Together) program provides children in homeless shelters and transitional housing with the opportunity to participate in six weeks of summer camp programming operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority with providers of temporary housing to homeless families. Program staff coordinates with the shelters to recruit and enroll participants. Approximately 60 children in supportive housing are enrolled in summer to meet the growing demand.  The program’s benefits impact the whole family. The children learn from the structured group recreation experience designed to enhance motor development, promote independence, improve social interaction, and foster positive self-image. The family members have the reassurance that their children are receiving quality care giving them some work time to make arrangements for a more stable future for their family. Pre and post camp care is also offered to those families who need it.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Health
Social and economic status

FCPF is raising funds for the new Stewardship Education Center is coming late 2022 to the Ellanor C. Lawrence Park within the Sully Woodlands in Chantilly, VA. It will be a state-of-the-art interpretive center for the community to learn about animals, wildlife, and preservation.

The Stewardship Education Center is designed to be a “Living Building,” one of a few in the region and approximately 30 in the world! It will be sustainably designed to rely solely on renewable forms of energy and will operate year-round in a pollution free manner. It will be created from environmentally friendly materials and designed to be accessible to all regardless of ability, age, or socioeconomic status.
See more at: https://fairfaxparkfoundation.org/our-projects/sully-woodlands-stewardship-educational-center/

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Infants and toddlers
Social and economic status
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults

Adopt a Chesapeake Bay themed Carousel Animal to help this special park! A new carousel, similar to that at Clemyjontri Park in McLean, opened July 8, 2017 at Springfield’s Lee District Park. Located near Chessie's BIG Backyard play area and Our Special Harbor sprayground, this accessible carousel is a place which every child, including individuals with mobility issues, can enjoy.
See more at https://fairfaxparkfoundation.org/our-projects/chessies-big-backyard-at-lee-district-park/

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
People with disabilities
Families
Ethnic and racial groups

The Park Authority and generous FCPF sponsors presents a summer-long series of shows, concerts and movies. Shows in local parks are the perfect place to bring a picnic dinner, blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the best local and regional entertainers. Best of all, they are close to home and absolutely free to attendees! The more than 200 performances range from children's puppet shows to big band, jazz, bluegrass, rock, classical and world music. For those who love a classic, enjoy a nostalgic return to the good old days and the drive-in theatre where audiences can view movies from the comfort of their car.
Arts in the Parks is a free cultural series of 40 shows for nearly 10,000 children under six years old in accessible locations each summer at Fairfax County parks. Arts in the Parks is offered to all children representing the diversity of the Fairfax County population with no cost to attendees.
See more at https://fairfaxparkfoundation.org/our-projects/summer-entertainment-series

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Social and economic status

The Meaningful Watershed Education Experience (MWEE) project engages fourth and seventh grade students in a hands-on educational program about the importance of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The objective is to increase the students’ understanding about causes and consequences of watershed pollution. The MWEE project’s hands-on approach connects young people to the outdoors by allowing them to physically explore. Students gain a better understanding of the root causes and consequences of local watershed pollution and develop skills to become better stewards of the watershed. Many students are exposed for the first time to gardening through the planting of native species and to the wildlife found in a stream habitat. While the projects are held at various sites in the county, at Hidden Oaks Nature Center alone, 400 4th graders from Title 1 schools and 1,000 7th graders participated.
See more at https://fairfaxparkfoundation.org/our-projects/meaningful-watershed-education-experience/

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships

Thanks to the generosity of donors, income-eligible senior adults, dependents of income-eligible families and adults with disabilities who reside in Fairfax County may receive up to one class scholarship per quarter. Class scholarships for FCPA RECenter and nature center classes for people of all ages and abilities. These need-based scholarships for individuals to register for Fairfax County Park Authority classes. Requests for scholarships which provide education and health benefits has increased due to economic conditions.
See more at https://fairfaxparkfoundation.org/our-projects/fairfax-county-park-authority-class-scholarships/

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Health
Social and economic status

Honoring America's Veterans is a special Fairfax County Park Authority program to express appreciation to the Fairfax County residents who serve or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. RECenter and FCPA facilities scholarships for veterans including wounded warriors. On both Veterans' Day and Memorial Day, veterans, active duty military personnel and their families receive complimentary admission at the Park Authority's nine RECenters as well as participation in drop-in fitness classes, use of pools and spas, drop-in fitness classes, fitness rooms, gyms and racquetball courts at FCPA’s nine recreational facilities. Free camping at Burke Lake Park is also offered throughout Veterans Day weekend. This Park Foundnation outreach is the Park Authority’s way of saying “thank you” for service to our country.
See more at https://fairfaxparkfoundation.org/our-projects/honoring-americas-veterans/

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel
Health
Families
Ethnic and racial groups

Healthy Strides is a sponsored, free health and wellness awareness program that helps you make better decisions about your health one month at a time. Each month is dedicated to one healthy goal with credible information for achieving it and a guide for forming healthy habits. Build upon each goal from month to month and by the end of December, you will have developed a sustainable balance in your health. Healthy Strides Community 5K/10K run and walk is held at Burke Lake Park each spring.
See more at https://fairfaxparkfoundation.org/our-projects/healthy-strides/

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships
Health

Within its 888 acres, Burke Lake Park has something for everyone - a 218-acre lake with fishing, boating, rowboat rental, camping, a miniature train, a carousel, outdoor volleyball courts, open fields, an 18-hole par 3 golf course, clubhouse with snack bar and driving range, disc golf, horse shoe pits, an ice cream parlor, picnic areas with grills, 3 playgrounds, trails, amphitheater, and miniature golf course.
Burke Lake trails are some of the best in the country – the American Hiking Society has named Burke Lake fitness trails one of the 10 best in the nation and Best Park in the metropolitan DC area! Two Burke Lake Park Picnic Shelters are now available for a nominal fee to bring families and community together for celebrations.
See more at https://fairfaxparkfoundation.org/our-projects/burke-lake-park-improvement-campaign/

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth
Health
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Awards

National Humanitarian Award - Corporate 2011

National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

Nonprofit of the Year Award - Finalist 2012

Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce

Jim Potter Memorial scholar - Roberta Longworth, Executive Director 2018

National Capital Gift Planning Council

National Gold Medal Award - FCPA 2019

National Recreation & Park Association

FCPF Newsletter NAGC Award of Excellence 2021

National Association of Govermnent Communicators

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2023

United Way Member Agency #9400 2023

Combined Federal Campaign #38066 2023

Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign #08227 2023

National Capital Gift Planning Council 2023

National Association of Park Foundations 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total dollars received in contributions

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

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Health, Social and economic status, Family relationships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

FCPF supports parks by raising funds, obtaining grants to supplement tax dollars for parkland, facilities and outreach! Results list pre-audit total (in-kind and cash basis monetary) giving.

Total number of free performances given

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

Adults, Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status, Family relationships

Related Program

FCPA Summer Entertainment Series & Arts in the Parks

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2023, 37,696 attendees enjoyed concerts in FCPA parks to enjoy the best regional and national entertainers. Best of all, they are close to home at 20 sites and free to the community!

Number of participants engaged in programs

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

Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Health, Social and economic status

Related Program

Rec-PAC Summer Camp

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Generous gifts allowed more than 700 children to attend summer camp in 2023! More than 3,603 weeks of RecPAC summer camp were made possible on a sliding scale ability to pay.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

The Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF) supports the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) by raising private funds, obtaining grants and creating partnerships that supplement tax and other revenue to reach to goal of meeting community's needs for outreach programs, need-based scholarships, services, parkland and facilities.

FCPF Strategic/Development Plan Goals & Objectives for Fiscal Years 2020-2022 include:

Goal 1: Raise private funds and advocate to supplement limited resources for FCPA parks and programs.
Objective 1: To develop a multi-faceted fundraising effort that attracts $1 million annually in undesignated contributions and donations (monetary and in-kind) which address specific FCPA-approved priority projects that appeal to corporate, foundation and individual supporters.

Goal 2: Replenish the Board of Directors with members who represent the community and increase capacity for
advocacy and fundraising.
Objective 2: To maintain a balanced board by filling open director positions with individuals have complementary fields of expertise; represent the diverse Fairfax County population; and actively support fundraising and advocacy efforts.

Goal 3: Effectively communicate the mission of the Foundation and market its goals and opportunities for
targeted prospects to give.
Objective 3: To develop FCPA staff and volunteer training in support of strengthening a mutually beneficial partnership while ensuring FCPF and sponsorship recognition is included in various park authority communications to help FCPF support FCPA park projects and programs.

Goal 4: Build capacity within FCPF resources to maximize operational efficiencies in development activities and
financial administration
Objective 4: To continue integration fundraising database, accounting software, website and remote donation interface, banking and credit card processing services for upgrades to streamline efficiency of data management, accounting, gift processing and reporting.








Strategies corresponding to the above-listed Goals and Objective include the following:

Strategies 1:
-Determine Official Project lists for upcoming Fiscal Year and a prospective long-term projects.
-Plan and execute FY fundraising efforts by matching direct mail appeals, grants and major donors with unrestricted and designated official projects goals. Implement fundraising plan according to schedule and solicit additional prospects throughout each fiscal year.
-Expand FCPF Legacy Circle outreach and communications to attract bequests and other gift planning vehicles.
-Serve as recipient of all charitable donations to benefit FCPA, in accordance to FCPA Fundraising Policy.

Strategies 2:
-Incorporate board recruitment efforts and desired characteristics (industry, skills, geographic and demographic) to complement current board composition among board discussions; invite recommendations.
-Provide clear expectations and conduct screening interviews of prospective board directors.
-Improve virtual meeting efficiency and increase meaningful board director participation.

Strategies 3:
-Relay importance for FCPA to include recognition (FCPF logo, verbal remarks and articles) in communications relating to Foundation supported projects. Include examples of successful fundraising resulting from FCPA coverage of FCPF.
-Expand online presence, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, eNewsletter, and website reach.
-Present to supervisors and staff meetings in each FCPA division. Include success stories from customers who benefit from FCPF funded projects.
-Expand Communications to increase FCPF awareness among Friends Group and Volunteer Team members.
-On-site presence promoting fundraising efforts at parks and FCPA locations.

Strategies 4:
-Update technology to increase compatibility with staff and stakeholder devices and software.
-Review existing FCPF bylaws and policies and update to align with updated technology, financial and other procedures, and best practices.










The Fairfax County Park Foundation's staff capacity of three is supplemented by a long-term volunteer and interns. Our staff has a wide-variety of backgrounds, experience and knowledge. The Executive Director is a Certified Fundraising Executive who has led increased fundraising for over twenty five years. The experienced Director of Development has a successful track record of cultivating individual major gift donors, grant-writing, and events. The Finance Administrator has financial experience in the private sector and familiarity with Fairfax County park programs.

Efficiencies in office and financial administration helps to ensure that the Park Foundation serves as a dependable steward of financial contributions. Donor appreciation and recognition is a priority.

A dedicated Board of Directors are involved in official project selection in advance of each fiscal year. These volunteers actively support fundraising efforts and personally contribute to meet the 100% board participation goal.

The Park Foundation raised $13.7 million since inception to support Fairfax County Parks and community outreach programs beginning in 2000 for the following projects,

- The Sully Woodlands Stewardship Education Center campaign is underway to fund STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) components to educate and Help Heal our Planet in this unique 'Living Building'.
- Completed Capital Campaigns include award-winning Clemyjontri Park; Chessie's BIG Backyard accessible playgrounds. and The Burke Lake Park Shelters project.
- Rec-Pac Summer Camp Scholarships are provided to more than 2,000 income eligible youth including 50 from homeless shelters/supportive housing. Adapted recreation and class scholarships for 3,000 individuals demonstrating financial need.
- Summer Entertainment Series is a FREE summer-long calendar of 200 shows, concerts and movies held in local parks.
- Land care and preservation includes protection, maintenance and beautification of trails, adjacent land and amenities. Environmental, Cultural and Historical education include Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience and Invasive Management Area Program.

Increase future funding that supports community outreach to support equity through FCPA.

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 and remedy poor client service experiences, 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • 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 get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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FAIRFAX COUNTY PARK FOUNDATION, INC.

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Anita Herrera

Nodal Exchange, LLC and Nodal Clear, LLC

Term: 2021 - 2023


Board co-chair

Ms. Laura Eakin Erlacher

GE Power

Term: 2021 - 2023

Michael Galliot, CIPS

Century 21 New Millennium

Harrison A. Glasgow

Federation of Friends, FCPA

Thomas Chennikara

Clean Tech Innovation & Strategy

Rich Harpe, CPA

Matthews, Carter & Boyce CPAs & Advisors

Gary W. Kirkbride

Dewberry

Robin Walker

The Greater Capital Area Team of Compass

William G. Bouie

Fairfax County Park Authority Board Chair/ Sky Communications, Inc.

Cynthia Jacobs Carter, Ed. D.

Fairfax County Park Authority Board Liaison / Smithsonian Institution

Jai Cole

Fairfax County Park Authority Executive Director

Roberta A. Longworth, CFRE

Fairfax County Park Foundation Executive DIrector

Aimee L. Vosper, PLA

Fairfax County Park Authority Directors Office Liaison

Kevin Ta, CFP, CTFA, AEP

PNC Wealth Management

Anita Herrera

Nodal Exchange

Laura Eakin Erlacher

GE Power

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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 1/18/2024

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
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, 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: 11/27/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.