We gratefully acknowledge all of the sponsors and donors who support the work of National Park Trust. We want to especially recognize and thank the following leadership sponsors who make possible our mission to preserve parks today and create park stewards for tomorrow. To learn more about each sponsor's unique contribution, please click on their names below.
Land and Park Preservation
Estate of John Kauffmann
In 2011, Chevron partnered with NPT to oversee the management of the Ivanpah Desert Tortoise Research Facility in the Mojave National Preserve in CA. Located on seven acres adjacent to the Preserve, the solar-powered facility and its outdoor dens are being used to hatch, study and protect the threatened desert tortoise. NPT reached an agreement with Chevron that would allow the Trust to manage the facility as interim steward while researchers from the University of California, Davis and the Savannah River Ecology Lab (GA) conducted their research on the tortoises and the National Park Service could take ownership of the facility. Chevron also has donated funds to NPT that are being used to fund tortoise research at the facility over several years.
In 2013, NPT partnered with the Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) and the National Park Service (NPS) to acquire two critical parcels of land which will expand the boundary of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore near Gary, IN. NIPSCO provided the funding to acquire the properties and also helped facilitate the donation of an additional parcel. Ultimately, the land will be used to develop trails adjacent to the visitor center with wayside exhibits on restoration methods being used throughout the lakeshore.
Youth Programs Sponsors
NPT's partnership with Caesars Entertainment and Caesars Foundation began in 2010, when they provided critical resources to create Buddy Bison park experiences for under-served schools in Nevada and California. Since that time, Caesars has generously provided funding to engage new Buddy Bison partner schools in New Orleans, LA; Biloxi, MS; Valley Forge, PA; Council Bluffs, IA; North Kansas City, MO; and Atlantic City, NJ. In addition, Caesars has been a lead sponsor of Kids to Parks Day since 2011. As a sponsor, Caesars properties across the country have hosted events in their community that focused on conversation, outdoor recreation and health and wellness. In 2014, NPT and Caesars will launch a carbon reduction contest where students will be able to work alongside Caesars employees to take steps to reduce their carbon footprint in the classroom and at home.
In 2012, over 100 students from California and Nevada, ranging from grades K-8 visited Mojave National Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park to learn about their unique desert ecosystems thanks to a generous grant from First Solar. More recently, First Solar Charitable Foundation has been a lead sponsor of Kids to Parks Day and provided critical grant funding to help students across the country create their own Kids to Parks Day events through our National School Contest.
Thanks to generous funding from the Georgia-Pacific Foundation, one hundred 3rd-grade students from M. Agnes Jones Elementary in Atlanta, GA has joined our national Buddy Bison school program and learn about environmental science, park stewardship and so much more.
The North Face
The Clark Charitable Foundation
Since 2012, the Buddy Bison school program has impacted students from Washington Jesuit Academy thanks to a generous grant from The Clark Charitable Foundation. The school's 5-8th grade students have participated in dynamic environmental learning opportunities throughout Washington, D.C. including visits to Rock Creek Park, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and canoe trips on the Anacostia River.
Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP
In 2012, Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP "adopted" Jose de Diego Community Academy in Chicago, IL
and provided generous funding to enable the school's 5th grade students to participate in the Buddy Bison school program. Most recently, Pam Alexandroff, a fifth grade teacher at Jose de Diego was awarded NPT's teacher award, "The Buddy" for excellence in environmental education. In June 2014, Pam traveled from Chicago to join NPT at the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award reception in Washington, D.C. thanks to a grant from Katten.
In 2012, NPT welcomed Neval Thomas Elementary School in Washington, D.C. into the Buddy Bison school program and in 2013, Pepco provided an additional grant to enable students from Beacon Heights Elementary School in Riverdale, MD to participate in the program. Since that time, they have participated in a number of outdoor activities at parks in the D.C. area including canoeing on the Anacostia River.
Prudential Financial Inc. has a long history of commitment to providing financial resources to help develop communities and drive progress. Support is given to organizations dedicated to eliminating barriers to financial and social mobility through philanthropic grants, social investments and employee engagement.
Prudential will also be bringing a new school into the Buddy Bison School Program, the Fossil Charter School in Fossil, OR.
Wells Fargo Bank
Wells Fargo has been a long-time supporter of National Park Trust's youth education initiatives. Since 2011, they have awarded NPT with an annual grant to enable students from Jefferson Houston in Alexandria, VA participate in the Buddy Bison program.
bruce f. vento public service
The sponsors below were supporters of the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award. To learn more about the event, and if you may like to be a future sponsor, click here.
3M Company and Foundation places a heavy emphasis on education, specifically promoting STEM, with many grants being used create hands on engineering projects for students. 3M has been a sponsor of NPT's Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award since 2008, and again supported this year's event honoring Senator Rob Portman of Ohio.
Hunton & Williams LLP
Hunton & Williams, LLP gives back to the community through philanthropic donations and pro bono legal work, with more 225 national and regional philanthropic organizations and over 50,000 hours of pro bono legal work provided in 2012. Hunton & Williams has been supporting NPT through the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award since 2002, with all proceeds benefiting our park preservation and youth education programs.
Simmons Hanly Conroy
Simmons Hanly Conroy makes it a priority to give back to the people and communities they represent, and are one of the nation’s leading contributors to mesothelioma cancer research. The firm supports a wide variety of organizations and has been a lead sponsor of the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award reception for many years.
Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America sponsored the 2015 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award honoring Senator Rob Portman of Ohio. All proceeds from the event benefit our youth education and park preservation programs.
Guest Services, Inc.
Guest Services sponsored the 2015 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award honoring Senator Rob Portman of Ohio. All proceeds from the event benefit our youth education and park preservation programs.
National Association of Realtors
The National Association of Realtors sponsored the 2015 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award honoring Senator Rob Portman of Ohio. All proceeds from the event benefit our youth education and park preservation programs.
For more information about National Park Trust sponsorship opportunities, please contact Executive Director, Grace Lee, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-279-7275 ext. 14.