Valued Members of the National Association of Park Foundations,
On behalf of the board of directors of the National Association of Park Foundations (NAPF) we hope this note finds you all in good health. We realize the impact these uncertain times are having when trying to organize the recommended actions to keep yourself, staff, park foundation board members, park foundation volunteers, and citizens safe and healthy as well.
News and notifications of park closures and program suspensions across the country continue to be the right and safe actions to take. Additionally, (while disappointing and disruptive) cancellations or postponements of current and future fundraising events, volunteer days, and other annual functions of your Park Foundation, are equally the right thing to do. The NAPF recognizes the health and wellness of everyone is paramount.
The NAPF values your membership and takes our roll as your trusted Park Foundation Association very seriously. As we all spend less time in the office and more time “telecommuting” the NAPF is developing initiatives designed to further support you and your Park Foundation or Friends groups…..both for the short term and for the future.
The NAPF looks forward to working with you, our valued members, by continuing to make available your on-line informational webinars. Also, our phone line is open – contact us at 630-965-1000 for information. We encourage you to visit the NAPF Facebook page to communicate with us and other members. We will keep you posted on other on-line learning and other on-line activities. Also, some of you have asked about the Park Foundation School scheduled for August 30th to September 3, 2020 at the Oglebay (WV) NTC. At this time the Park Foundation School will take place as scheduled.
The NAPF also recognizes that the recovery from the economic downturn will be challenging to the for-profit and non-profit sectors alike. The NAPF is being proactive and inviting respected and experienced non-profit minds across the country to discuss strategies that might support our members as your park foundations recover from projected revenue challenges.
Thank you for your continued efforts to support and enhance your park environment through the efforts of your Park Foundation and Friends group. Stay well.
Donald A. Ortale
National Association of Park Foundations