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National Park Foundation (NPF)

CharityWatch report issued
October 2017

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

National Park Foundation (NPF)
1110 Vermont Avenue, NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

Chartered by the U.S. Congress to strengthen the connection between the American people and their National Parks by raising private funds, making strategic grants, creating innovative partnerships, and increasing public awareness.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 09/30/2016

Program Percentage: 87%

The percentage of National Park Foundation (NPF)'s cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $7

How many dollars National Park Foundation (NPF) spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
National Park Foundation Audited Financial Statements 52-1086761
National Park Foundation IRS Form 990 52-1086761
Entity: National Park Foundation
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 52-1086761
Entity: National Park Foundation
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 52-1086761

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
National Park Foundation (NPF)
meets governance benchmarks.
National Park Foundation (NPF)
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy Opt-Out Policy  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Neil Mulholland Past CEO $313,604
2 Kirsten Johansen Past Senior VP, Individual & Foundation Giving $257,769
3 David French Past Senior VP, Marketing & Communications $235,097
Name: Neil Mulholland
Title: Past CEO
Compensation: $313,604
Name: Kirsten Johansen
Title: Past Senior VP, Individual & Foundation Giving
Compensation: $257,769
Name: David French
Title: Past Senior VP, Marketing & Communications
Compensation: $235,097

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.
According to the National Park Foundation audit of September 30, 2016 (Note 12, Donated Property, Goods and Services):

"During 2016, the Foundation received donated goods and services valued at $12,694,144... These include recycled lumber for trails, travel-related support, and media support to specific Parks as well as various communication and outreach about philanthropy to the National Park System as a whole."

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]
According to the National Park Foundation audit of September 30, 2016 (Note 17, Concentrations):

"As of September 30, 2016, pledges receivable from two donors represented approximately 50% of total pledges receivable. The Foundation's support from those two donors for the year ended September 30, 2016 represented approximately 23% of total revenue and support."
According to the National Park Foundation audit of September 30, 2016 (Note 13, Litigation Settlement Contributions (Community Service Payments)):

"Since 1999, the Foundation has received over $20 million from several litigation settlements. These funds represent voluntary community service payments from corporations that have entered into a plea agreement related to charges by the Department of Justice for violations of certain environmental regulations such as polluting and the mistreatment of hazardous waste materials. The plea agreements specify the parks or areas to which the funds are to be allocated by the Foundation. The Foundation received $37,767 and $134,613, respectively, under these agreements for the years ended September 30, 2016 and 2015..."

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