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FLORIDA STATE PARKS FOUNDATION, INC.

Tallahassee, FL   |  www.floridastateparksfoundation.org

Mission

The Florida State Parks Foundation supports the entire Florida State Park system through programs that: preserve and protect state parks; educate visitors about the value of state parks; encourage community engagement and active use of state parks; provide financial support to supplement state funding. In coordination with and support of the Florida Park Service, the Florida State Parks Foundation provides education, communication, and support services to local citizen support organizations (CSO) to ensure the sustainability, protection, restoration and interpretation of the system of Florida State Parks.

Ruling year info

1995

Chief Executive Officer

Julia Gill Woodward

Main address

1700 North Monroe Street Suite 11 #200

Tallahassee, FL 32303 USA

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Formerly known as

FRIENDS OF FLORIDA STATE PARKS INC

EIN

59-3207818

NTEE code info

Parks and Playgrounds (N32)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (N12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (C12)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Florida State Parks is a four-time winner of the Gold Medal honoring the nation's best state park system. The goal is to help create a sense of place by showing park visitors the best of Florida's diverse natural and cultural sites. Florida's state parks are managed and preserved for enjoyment by this and future generations through providing appropriate resource-based recreational opportunities, interpretation, and education that help visitors connect to the real Florida. In coordination with and support of the Florida Park Service, the Florida State Parks Foundation provides education, communication and support services to local citizen support organizations (CSO) to ensure the sustainability, protection, restoration and interpretation of the system of Florida 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?

Access for All

The Foundation supports the Florida Park Service’s commitment to providing inclusive experiences to every park visitor. Many innovative advances have been made that allow people with disabilities unprecedented access to the outdoors. Access for All grants can be requested to provide funding for accessibility projects, equipment, and services. s.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Florida State Parks offer excellent opportunities for students to learn about Florida’s natural environments and historical and cultural past through school field trips. For some schools, bus field trip transportation costs may not be available. Yellow Buses in the Parks' purpose is to assist with these costs so that no child is deprived of the benefits of these valuable educational experiences.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Learning in Florida’s Environment is a model for science-based environmental education. Each program represents a partnership between the Florida State Parks Foundation, a State Park citizen support organization (CSO) and its park and the school or school district. Grants are intended to assist with LIFE program startups and then transition to a self-sustaining program through the CSO/state park/school partnership.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Foundation is a partner in both raising and granting funds for park projects that are part of the Unit Management Plan or achieve the goals related to the plan. This grant assistance program was created to help individual parks achieve special project goals. This ranges from small projects to large-scale capital projects. Services such as strategic planning, board development, grant and fund development training are also considered for this grant category.

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.

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Increasing

Number of first-time donors

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Number of Facebook followers

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Average online donation

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Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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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 mission of the Florida State Parks Foundation is to support and help sustain the Florida Park Service.

In coordination with and support of the Florida Park Service, the FSPF will provide education, communication and support services to local support organizations to ensure the sustainability, protection, restoration and interpretation of the system of Florida State Parks. Through education, communication and support of local CSO’s, the FSPF will ensure the health of the statewide CSO program by implementing a strategic plan to the benefit of the system of Florida State Parks.

The Florida State Parks Foundation strategy for supporting Florida State Parks with providing outdoor-based recreational opportunities and interpretive services is through financial support and technical assistance to park citizen support organizations and by developing and conducting programs that will enhance park citizen support organizations efforts and those efforts of the park staff and the Florida Park Service as a whole.

The Florida State Parks Foundation works diligently to educate the people of Florida and its elected officials about the unique beauty and irreplaceable value of its state park system. The Foundation raises funds to further the mission and work of the Florida Park Service and to improve visitor enjoyment of these public lands and waters. Together we can achieve more. The Foundation provides the strength of numbers to combined services for member CSO/Friends groups, allowing local Friends groups to focus on the park and achieve more.

In the last year we have successfully partnered with other organizations to fund the planting of almost 100,000 trees in select parks, especially those affected by hurricane damage; began construction on a wheelchair accessible 30 passenger tour boat; purchased 3 wheelchair accessible tour trams; funded ranger training and ranger continuing educational courses; provided funds for injured manatee care and feeding; helped develop interpretive panels on birds and their migrations; purchased hand held units that allow for sophisticated collection and organization of data on sea turtle nests; and a good deal more.

Financials

FLORIDA STATE PARKS FOUNDATION, INC.
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Operations

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

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FLORIDA STATE PARKS FOUNDATION, INC.

Board of directors
as of 01/11/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gil Ziffer

Ziffer Stansberry Strategic Communications

Term: 2019 - 2021

Don Philpott

Paula Dockery

Tom M Pennecamp

Gil Ziffer

Emily Lewis

Audrine Finnerty

Ryan Matthews

Derek Bruce

Ben Pingree

Kathleen Brennan

Dale Brill

Karen Cyphers

Gwen Graham

Tammy Gustafson

Wendy Spencer

Liza McFadden

Jose Romano

Jorge Rubi

Robert Larkin

Lynn Cherry

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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/11/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

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Gender identity

Transgender Identity

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Disability