Foundation School

Park Foundation School

The Park Foundation School is a unique professional management school geared toward improving attendees' understanding of how to start, build, and grow park foundations, friends groups, and other nonprofit organizations that support parks and recreation agencies, while enhancing their professional networks.

Year 1 Learning Outcomes

  • Foundation start-up strategies

  • Taking your existing foundation to a new level

  • Selecting, managing, and recruiting your Board of Directors

  • Fund development and fiscal resource management

  • Strategic planning for success

  • Fundraising strategies to include campaigns and events

  • How to effectively market your organization and its ideas using 2020 methods

  • Protecting your foundation's reputation from a crisis

  • Working with volunteers

  • Best practice relationship building between your foundation and your park agency

  • Evaluation and measurement techniques to include data collection and evaluation techniques

Year 2 Learning Outcomes - Advanced Studies

  • Check back for year 2 curriculum 

For more information about the 2021 Parks Foundation School

being held at the Oglebay Training Center in Wheeling, WV  

Please contact Donald Ortale at 630-965-1000 or email  

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