Villa Park, Illinois – August 5, 2019 – The NAPF, governed by a board of directors of 15 dedicated volunteers, recently completed a long-range strategic plan that positions the NAPF for significant membership growth, increased membership benefits, and organizational career opportunities. The launch of a Park Foundation School in early November 2019, a 4 day comprehensive workshop setting at the famed Oglebay National Training Center in Wheeling WV, is among one of the more current significant educational offerings of the NAPF focused on strengthening the strategies, effectiveness, and relevance of local park foundations.

“I am proud to announce to our members, prospective members, and of course our sponsors, the launch of the Park Foundation School, the first NAPF educational member benefit that provides CEUs to our members and prospects.,” said Mark Young, board chair of the NAPF. “We are especially excited to bring this school to market with our partners, NC State and the famed Oglebay National Training Center.”

The Park Foundation School will be directed by Mr. Tom O’Rourke, a career park and recreation professional who formerly served as executive director of Charleston County Parks and Recreation as well as the executive director of the Parklands Foundation of Charleston County (SC). He currently serves as a professor of practice at Clemson University. “Mr. O’Rourke has assembled an amazing faculty and curriculum for the inaugural Park Foundation School,” said Donald Ortale, Executive Director of the NAPF. “Our students will come away from this experience with in depth skills, knowledge, and best practices currently not offered within their local communities.” Students do not need to be members of the NAPF to attend the Park Foundation School. For NAPF membership information or for more information and/or to register your seat for the Park Foundation School, contact Donald Ortale at or call 630-965-1000.

The NAPF, headquartered in the western suburbs of Chicago, was granted IRS 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status in October of 2014. The NAPF, with local park foundation members in over 25 different states, helps start and/or strengthen local park foundations across the country and recently registered its first international member.

In other NAPF news, the NAPF board of directors has approved to retain the services of their founding Executive Director Donald A. Ortale for an extended term. Mr. Ortale will continue as executive director and lead the day-to-day operations of the NAPF.

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