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About the PARC Foundation

What is the purpose of the PARC Foundation?

PARC is dedicated to preserving the vital green spaces of our natural surroundings, expanding and supporting works of art and artists in our community, ensuring all children have free access to recreational opportunities, and expanding the rich cultural diversity that is so valued in Thurston County.

Visit our PARC Projects page to learn more.

What led to the establishment of the PARC Foundation?

As a former resident of Spokane, Washington, James Reddick was aware that the 1951 formation of the Spokane Parks Foundation stimulated millions of dollars in support of parks for the citizens of Spokane. Following several introductory discussions with local park departments in 1995, the PARC Foundation of Thurston County was established using the Spokane Parks Foundation as a model.

Why should I consider giving to the PARC Foundation?

PARC serves as a nonprofit financial manager for individuals and organizations that want to contribute to their community but are not interested in becoming a nonprofit or assuming the financial accounting effort. We leverage a number of separate funds to achieve major projects and thereby help our participants achieve myriad goals.

Visit our Fiscal Sponsor page to learn more.

What was the first facility that the PARC Foundation funded?

PARC's first funded project was the hugely popular Olympia Skate Court on Cooper Point Road in west Olympia.

Are the city and county parks and recreation departments involved with the PARC Foundation?

Yes. The board of trustees of the PARC Foundation of Thurston County includes individuals who sit on the park advisory boards of the cities of Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and Thurston County.

Are donations tax deductible?

Yes, the PARC Foundation of Thurston County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and registered with Washington State.

Can I donate funds directly to the cities or the county for parks?

Yes. As public, nonprofit organizations, the cities and the county all accept direct contributions. They utilize contributions in accordance with their respective department policies.

If I contribute to the PARC Foundation can I designate where or how the funds may be used in a specific park?

Not if you wish to contribute to a single public park. Most local government park and recreation departments have master plans that guide them in equitable development of park lands, maintenance expenditures, and recreational programs. To address a contributor’s specific request, however, the PARC Foundation of Thurston County can present your proposal to a park department and they, in turn, would determine if your specific request could be accommodated.

What types of donations will the PARC Foundation accept?

Many contributors provide financial donations and sponsorship of events, while others support PARC’s projects through in-kind gifts such as free professional services or other volunteer activities. All supporters are gratefully acknowledged and are valued for their commitment to our mission.

Visit our Donate page to donate directly to the Foundation or to a particular project the Foundation is currently working on.

Do you need volunteers?

Yes, we offer a variety of volunteer opportunities and welcome your assistance. Contact us today to find out how you can be a part of this dynamic organization.


Mission

The mission of the PARC Foundation of Thurston County is to promote donations for both facilities and programs to serve Thurston County residents in the areas of parks, arts, recreation, and culture.

We are an entirely volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization with experience and contacts in our mission areas. Our board of trustees includes members of the parks and recreation or arts and culture advisory boards of Thurston County, Lacey, Tumwater, and Olympia.

Our volunteers further our mission in a number of ways, including:

  1. Personal advocacy to individuals and groups who may wish to donate for local PARC facilities and programs.
  2. Consulting with individuals and groups who need help in making a contribution.
  3. Distributing lists of projects for which our partner organizations currently seek funding.
  4. Serving as a fiduciary for the fund-raising efforts of organizations whose efforts align with our mission.
  5. Maintaining an endowment that will some day support local projects.
  6. Pointing groups toward resources to support their fund raising efforts.
  7. In addition, some individual board of trustee members may decide to assist some groups in their fund raising campaigns for specific projects.Note: Please see the links to the left regarding what Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and Thurston County Parks and Recreation Departments have given regarding items and projects that they need.

PARC Foundation — Anti-Discrimination Policy

The PARC Foundation of Thurston County is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment, membership and contracts without regard to race, ethnicity, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, and/or status as a veteran.


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