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Overview and History

Overview

The Montgomery Parks Foundation is a champion for Montgomery Parks, promoting the values and benefits of the park system to Montgomery County residents and policy-makers. The Foundation provides opportunities for county residents and businesses to support Montgomery Parks as members, donors, sponsors, and advocates, and actively seeks individual donations, sponsorships, legacy gifts, and endowments to support park operations, development and maintenance. The Parks Foundation is a fundraising and support organization to Montgomery Parks.  The Foundation does not directly operate park facilities or programs. Funds raised by the Foundation are transferred to the Parks, where specialized staff acquire parkland, build and maintain park facilities, and deliver services to the public.

The Montgomery County Parks Foundation was first established in 1992.  In early 2009 the Foundation Board was re-constituted and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Foundation and Montgomery Parks/M-NCPPC was adopted by both the M-NCPPC Planning Board and the Foundation Board of Trustees.  The MOU set forward a new direction and structure for the Foundation that promises to significantly increase public support of the parks.

The Montgomery County Parks Foundation is an independent nonprofit tax exempt corporation incorporated in the State of Maryland.  The Foundation is led by a volunteer Board of Trustees comprised of community and business leaders with an interest in preserving and improving Montgomery County’s parks. The board provides the Foundation with leadership, support and oversight of its activities and finances. The Parks Foundation is a registered charity with the Maryland Secretary of State and is listed in the Maryland Charities Database. The Montgomery Parks Foundation is also listed as being in good standing with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation.  The Foundation is also listed in Guidestar, the on-line database for prospective donors.

History

The Montgomery County Parks Foundation was first established in 1992.  In early 2009 the Foundation Board was re-constituted and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Foundation and Montgomery Parks/M-NCPPC was adopted by both the M-NCPPC Planning Board and the Foundation Board of Trustees.  The MOU set forward a new direction and structure for the Foundation that promises to significantly increase public support of the parks.