Magazine article Parks & Recreation

National Recreation Foundation

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

National Recreation Foundation

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The National Recreation Foundation (NRF) and NRPA have had a long relationship of working together. NRF is a nonprofit charitable foundation dedicated to enhancing the role of recreation as a positive force in promoting the mental, physical, social and spiritual health of the community at large. That task links directly to the mission of NRPA, and therefore NRF has provided funding to projects that benefit both organizations likeminded causes.

In addition to accepting proposals from NRPA, each year the NRF Board of Trustees recommends innovative and creative project proposals that fulfills the aims of the Foundation. It funds more than 30 programs throughout the country, and in recent years has focused on funding programs for "youth at risk" and for "healthy lifestyles."

In recent decades, the Foundation has provided approximately $10 million in grants to NRPA and significant amounts to various other community organizations throughout the country.

NRF also awards the Robert W. Crawford Achievement Prize every year in recognition of someone who has dedicated him or herself to enhancing recreation opportunities for youth during a significant period of time. …

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