The San Mateo County Parks Foundation inspires people to care for, learn about and enjoy our parks.
Unlike neighboring counties, San Mateo County does not have a dedicated funding source to provide for county park improvements and outdoor recreational programming. So, in 1998, the San Mateo County Parks Foundation was established to provide additional financial support for the recreational, environmental and educational programs and projects of the San Mateo County Department of Parks.
The Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors and has a small staff. The Foundation seeks grants and contributions from individuals, foundations and businesses. Recognition of gifts is done in accordance with the county’s approved Donor Recognition Guidelines. The Foundation does not manage the projects directly. The San Mateo County Department of Parks is responsible for the design, permitting, contracting and maintenance of the projects.
The San Mateo County Parks Foundation’s office is located on the ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush and Muwekma Ohlone peoples, the original inhabitants and land stewards of the San Francisco Peninsula. As guests, we recognize that we benefit from living, working and recreating here on their traditional homeland. We wish to pay our respects by acknowledging the ancestors, elders and future generations of caretakers of the Ohlone people.
Fundraising Priorities and Current Goals
In partnership with the San Mateo County Department of Parks, the Foundation raises funds to support projects, programs and volunteers that benefit the parks and park visitors.
We are committed to conserving and improving the quality of our county parks for current and future generations to enjoy.
The San Mateo County Parks and Recreation Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Our identification number is 94-3306697.