Washington State Parks Foundation

Your Parks. Your Voice.

aka Washington State Parks Foundation   |   Seattle, WA   |
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Washington State Parks Foundation

EIN: 36-4473679


Our purpose is to ensure a vibrant and inclusive Washington State Parks system for generations to enjoy. We engage, expand, and sustain a broad base of supporters who give to, advocate for, and treasure our state parks.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

John Floberg

Main address

1752 NW Market Street, #744

Seattle, WA 98107 USA

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Subject area info

Arts and culture



Population served info

Children and youth



Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (C12)

Parks and Playgrounds (N32)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Washington State Parks Foundation picks up where state public funding ends. The state parks are public lands that are intended for the benefit of everyone, and they do receive government funding – but in these days of fiscal belt-tightening, the parks rely more than ever on the tradition of private philanthropy by citizens just like you who care about protecting these priceless, irreplaceable places. Parks used to receive 85% of their support from the state general fund -- but today state parks must raise 80% of its operating funds by charging usage fees for day access, camping and other activities. The struggle to fund the daily operations of state parks results in shortfalls to complete improvements, host free, public events and rebuild facilities, while the fee-based system impedes access for low-income families to these special public lands.

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?

Check Out Washington - Adventure Kit & Passes for underserved comminities

We want to ensure that today’s kids become tomorrow’s conservation leaders, so we’re taking on the challenge of getting young boys and girls from underserved communities to visit state parks. We are working with public libraries to provide Adventure Packs that have a loanable free state park pass along with field guides, binoculars and e-books featuring diverse kids in the outdoors.

We target underserved schools in rural and urban areas to ensure that students from low-income families are introduced to the cultural and natural history of state parks.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Through Park Improvement Projects donors ensure that Washington’s iconic landscapes, long distance trails, cultural treasures and historic sites can be enjoyed for generations to come. Our work provides direct funding through the Park Improvement Projects Grants to state parks and advocacy and outreach campaigns to secure operations funding for state parks and legislative support for larger, multiyear projects that require capital budget investments.

GRANTS: We bring together funds from our donors to create an annual Park Improvement Projects Grant fund to complete projects led by state parks staff and done in in partnership with local Friends of Parks Groups, youth groups and volunteers. Donors have a say in selecting projects by voting online to prioritize projects to fund.

Population(s) Served

With donor and corporate sponsorship support, we co-lead and fund events across the state parks system to create a welcoming place to learn and share our natural and cultural history as well as provide safe and fun places to recreate and take up a new outdoor activity. We reach out to communities that haven’t traditionally enjoyed the parks or are economically disadvantaged.

Our programs include:
Traditional and Folk Arts in the Parks to introduce visitors to state parks through connections to nature and cultural traditions. An example event includes the Canoe Days Celebrations to provide tribal youth the opportunity to participate in a unique experience with tribal elders. Other events focus on music, dance and poetry.

National Get Outdoors Day Celebration where we welcome newcomers to an American experience and Washington tradition of camping, hiking and recreating outdoors.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Ethnic and racial groups

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.

Total number of grants awarded

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

Park Improvement Project Grants & Advocacy Campaigns

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Parks include: Fields Spring, Ginkgo Petrified Forest, Fort Ebey, Palouse Falls, Olmstead Place, Sun Lakes-Dry Falls, Riverside, South Whidbey, Alta Lake, Fort Flagler, Moran, Peace Arch, Fort Worden

Number of new advocates recruited

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

Park Improvement Project Grants & Advocacy Campaigns

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Advocates have signed petitions and provided names and addresses to connect signers with their legislative districts and legislators.

Number of schoolchildren and underserved families who participate in education & park access programs

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

Children and youth, Caregivers, Families, Parents, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Check Out Washington - Adventure Kit & Passes for underserved comminities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


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.

Improvement Goal: Increase and strategically deploy our annual grants to partners to improve our parks, trails and historic places.
Advocacy Goal: Advocate to ensure there is public funding for operating and stewarding the state parks system and rebuilding and repairing facilities and trails.
Education Goal: Inspire the next generation of stewards to care for our state parks via science, natural and cultural history educational programs that use state parks as learning labs.
Outreach Goal: Connect Washingtonians to their public lands by welcoming underrepresented communities and newcomers to our state to experience a Washington tradition of recreating outdoors at state parks. This strategy includes supporting free access to parks via partnerships with local libraries.

Improvement Strategy: We will double our annual grants by engaging supporters and corporate sponsors who value public lands. We will establish internship and volunteer support programs for parks in remote communities and target financial resources, in-kind support, matching funds to partner organization to stretch our resources.

Advocacy Strategy: We will sustain and nurture over 17,000 advocates who will speak out on behalf of parks highest needs.

Education Strategy: We will expand our partnership from schools to also include all libraries in Washington state so that all communities can access natural history educational materials and free access to state parks.

Outreach Strategy: We will support new arts and culture programming to connect Washingtonians with their diverse heritage and cultural traditions while addressing federal funding shortfalls.

Our organization will leverage work with our volunteers as well as nonprofit and agency partners, while using new technologies and online resources to efficiently implement the goals of our donors and the entire state parks community.
Improvement and advocacy goals will use online systems and multiple robust social media channels to cultivate and nurture members. These systems will be used to communicate with and cultivate supporters who will give and advocate for improvement projects and be inspired to create peer to peer campaigns for their favorite parks projects. We will use online systems to alert advocates to sign petitions and contact legislators.
Our education goals will be met by using satellite and interactive technologies to allow classrooms to engage with field experts at state parks. We will use our partnerships with educators to increase engagement in new geographies and with rural communities where low-income families and students reside. Finally, to reach our outreach goals we will work by creating new partnerships with local community and social service organizations that represent new users and volunteers who collaborate with us to create special events and opportunities to engage with targeted populations.

Between 2016 and 2022 we have:

-Increased support for on the ground projects by 400% via new Park Improvement Projects to restore parks facilities, install new playgrounds, restore trails and conserve historic places. We have secured over 10,000 sustaining supporters who fund our programs and work.

-Sustained over 17,000 Advocates who signed online petitions seeking to secure sustainable public funding for operating and stewarding the state parks system as well as advocating to repair and build long-distance trails. The result has been the expansion of public funding support for state parks via operating and and capital budgets.

-Crafted new pilot program that started at reaching 517 residents in Pierce and Spokane counties as well as cities of Mount Vernon and Spokane with special day use passes to allow underserved residents to access and use state parks. This program now reaches every library and community in the state of Washington .

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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, To rank priority projects to invest in.

  • 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 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve, 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?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, public disclosure laws relating to libraries can make it hard to contact patrons to get feedback.


Washington State Parks Foundation
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 80.45 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 18.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Washington State Parks Foundation

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Washington State Parks Foundation

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Washington State Parks Foundation

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Washington State Parks Foundation’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $35,787 $90,041 $16,508 $141,543 $221,468
As % of expenses 15.5% 29.4% 4.9% 39.9% 44.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $35,787 $89,157 $15,068 $140,103 $220,028
As % of expenses 15.5% 29.0% 4.5% 39.3% 44.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $245,772 $380,519 $344,986 $506,322 $654,463
Total revenue, % change over prior year 31.1% 54.8% -9.3% 46.8% 29.3%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.4% 0.8% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 1.3% 5.3% 4.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.5% 99.2% 98.3% 94.7% 96.0%
Other revenue 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $230,814 $306,493 $333,945 $354,843 $493,510
Total expenses, % change over prior year -5.5% 32.8% 9.0% 6.3% 39.1%
Personnel 25.5% 22.2% 23.5% 40.2% 42.1%
Professional fees 37.0% 31.3% 40.2% 14.2% 4.7%
Occupancy 2.9% 4.2% 3.9% 3.6% 3.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 10.7% 6.2% 7.6% 14.6% 27.1%
All other expenses 23.9% 36.1% 24.7% 27.4% 23.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $230,814 $307,377 $335,385 $356,283 $494,950
One month of savings $19,235 $25,541 $27,829 $29,570 $41,126
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $9,280 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $250,049 $342,198 $363,214 $385,853 $536,076

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 13.8 12.5 13.0 17.5 16.1
Months of cash and investments 14.0 12.6 13.0 17.6 16.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 10.3 10.9 10.6 14.8 16.0
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $265,801 $317,999 $361,249 $518,565 $660,792
Investments $2,575 $3,080 $276 $897 $0
Receivables $59,119 $74,255 $43,683 $36,580 $53,589
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $9,280 $9,280 $9,280 $9,280
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 9.5% 22.0% 37.5% 53.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.1% 2.8% 2.0% 1.9% 0.9%
Unrestricted net assets $198,730 $287,887 $302,955 $443,058 $663,086
Temporarily restricted net assets $123,766 $108,255 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $123,766 $108,255 $102,992 $112,820 $52,199
Total net assets $322,496 $396,142 $405,947 $555,878 $715,285

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

John Floberg

John Floberg is Executive Director of the Washington State Parks Foundation, where he collaborates with state park leaders, advocates and local communities to create a healthier, more sustainable park system that is welcome to all. He has both a Master of Science and a Master of Business degree, and has held positions as a wildlife biologist at North Cascades National Park, a scientist at the Nature Conservancy in Washington and served as Chair of Seattle's Urban Forestry Commission.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Washington State Parks Foundation

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Washington State Parks Foundation

Board of directors
as of 11/09/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr. David Ammons

Retired from Sec. of State Office

Term: 2014 - 2023

Carol Shaw

University of Washington

Andrew Elofson

Perkins Coie Trust Co

Brandon Middaugh

Microsoft Corp.

David Ammons

Retired, Washington State Secretary of State

Diana Dupuis

Ex Officio, Washington State Parks

Mary Laurie Connelly

Ex Officio, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

Mark Middaugh

Middaugh Law, PLLC

Michael Wanderer

Retired, Physician

Stuti Sureka


Rakesh Kumar


Jim van Loben Sels

Mt. Spokane Ski - Snowboard Park

Nathan Engman

Columbia Bank

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 11/8/2023

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/08/2021

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  • 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 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.