Join us on Wednesday, August 12th from 10am – 11:30am
Cost: $20
.15 CEUs


Let’s face it, we could all use more friends!

A Park Foundation, also known as “Friends Groups”, is an individual nonprofit organization that supports a specific local park or park project with time, expertise, and privately-raised funds. As champions for parks, the Park Foundation frequently engages local citizens and businesses and provides financial support and volunteer time in support of park priorities.¹

This webinar will provide a best-practice case study on starting a park foundation. The Friends of the Valdese Rec is a an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation, with a mission to support the Valdese Parks and Recreation Department with volunteer hours and fundraising for the betterment of the Department, while at the same time benefiting the town, the citizens and the environment.  Beth Heile started the foundation in the Spring of 2015 – and serves as the foundation’s Chairperson. Doug Knight is the Director of Parks and Recreation for the Town of Valdese. The two will share the story of how the organization came to be, how it was and is structured, and the major accomplishments it has enjoyed since its inception.

At the end of this webinar, participants will have:

  1. Learned foundation start-up strategies
  2. Identified ways to identify, recruit, and manage a board of directors
  3. Explored best practice strategies for building relationships between park agencies and foundations