Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Within Reach of a Milestone

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Within Reach of a Milestone

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An update from the National Recreation and Park Foundation

THE NATIONAL RECREATION AND PARK FOUNDATION and its Board of Governors would like to thank all of you for your continued support and interest in the Foundation and the park and recreation movement. Furthermore, we are excited to be bringing you Foundation news and updates as we continue to move forward with our efforts.

This is an exciting time for the Foundation, as we near the "halfway" point towards a $1 million goal in endowment funds. At this time, the Foundation has raised $425,000 in endowment funds and needs to raise an additional $75,000 to reach $500,000 (halfway to the $1 million goal). To this end, we recently announced the Challenge of BCI Burke Company LLC, a company known for quality playground equipment, personal service and a commitment to safety since 1920, Their CEO/ Owner, Tim Ahem, has offered to help match or exceed their recent gift of $30,000 towards the needed $75,000. Reaching this important milestone will give us the momentum needed to continue our focus of ensuring the longevity of the park and recreation movement.

In addition to announcing the status of this Challenge at the upcoming NRPA Congress in Minneapolis, the Foundation will be launching a new Web site that will serve as a vehicle for providing information on the accomplishments of the Foundation, recognizing donors, and allowing for online giving. This web development was fully funded by a generous donation from Landscape Structures Inc.

About The National Recreation and Park Foundation

The Foundation's primary focus is to provide long-term funding in support of the park and recreation movement's effort to improve people's quality of life. More specifically, the Foundation will support research and public awareness of the economic, social and physical value of parks and recreation in creating healthy families and communities for all populations. …

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