West Virginia

State Parks Foundation

The West Virginia State Parks Foundation Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to “preserve, protect, and enhance West Virginia State Parks by providing leadership in communication, funding, and advocacy in partnership with individual Park Foundations.”   The Foundation was incorporated in 1998.

Some West Virginia parks and forests have local foundations that were created to support that park or forest.  However, the majority of parks and forests don’t have an associated “Foundation of Record” and that’s where the statewide Foundation has a major role to play. Anyone interested in supporting a park or forest is encouraged to make a donation directly to the appropriate foundation.  If there is no appropriate foundation, donations can be made to the statewide Foundation and designated to support any one or more parks or forests.

The list below shows the Independent foundations supporting West Virginia parks and forests.  All are West Virginia corporations and are 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations unless noted.

Beech Fork State Park Foundation, Inc
5601 Long Branch Rd.
Barboursville, WV 25504

Berkeley Springs State Park Foundation

PO Box 465
Berkeley Springs, WV  25411

Blennerhassett  Historical Foundation

137 Juliana St.
Parkersburg, WV  26101

Cacapon Resort State Park Foundation

1772 Valley Rd.
Berkeley Springs, WV  25411

Camp Creek State Park Foundation
2390 Camp Creek Rd.
Camp Creek, WV  25820

Canaan Valley State Park Foundation
21 Summer Rd.
Davis, WV  26260

Coopers Rock Foundation
[not 501(c)(3)]
PO Box 505
Morgantown WV  26507

Elk River Trail Foundation
3836 Indian Creek Rd
Elkview, WV 25071
Forks of Coal State Natural Area Foundation
5036 Bennington Dr.
Cross Lanes, WV  25313

Friends of Pinnacle Rock State Park
PO Box 164
Bramwell, WV  24715

Greenbrier River Trail Foundation
PO Box 203
Marlinton, WV  24954

Holly River State Park Foundation

512 Hodam Creek Rd.
Hacker Valley, WV  26222

Kanawha State Forest Foundation

7500 Kanawha State Forest Dr.
Charleston, WV  25314

Mountain State RR & Logging Historical Assoc. (Cass Scenic Railroad)
90 Back Mountain Rd.
Cass, WV  24927

North Bend Rails to Trails Foundation

PO Box 206
Cairo, WV  26337

North Bend State Park Foundation

PO Box 177
Harrisville, WV  26362

Pipestem Foundation
PO Box 107
Pipestem, WV  25979

Prickett’s Fort Memorial Foundation

88 State Park Rd.
Fairmont, WV 26554

Stonewall State Park Foundation
149 State Park Trail
Roanoke, WV  26447

Tomlinson Run State Park Foundation
PO Box 100
New Manchester, WV 26056

Tygart Lake State Park Foundation
1240 Paul E Malone Rd.
Grafton, WV  26354

Valley Falls State Park Foundation
720 Valley Falls Rd.
Fairmont, WV  26554

Watoga State Park Foundation
4800 Watoga Park Rd.
Marlinton, WV  24954

(list updated on December 1, 2020)

West Virginia State Parks Foundation Accomplishments

Click here for a list of projects completed with complete or partial funding from the West Virginia State Parks Foundation.

Funding Sources

To accomplish its mission of supporting West Virginia's State Parks, the statewide Foundation can solicit, receive, and accept contributions, gifts, grants, and bequests of real and personal property. These may come from individuals, other foundations, partnerships, associations, governmental bodies, and public and private corporations. All Foundation funds and activities directly support West Virginia State Parks and Forests.

Preserving a Legacy

PUBLIC SUPPORT and user fees fund day-to-day park operations, maintenance, and limited capital improvements to state parks. Yet, with ever-increasing operating costs, private support through the Foundation is critical if we are to improve the quality of state park facilities. Importantly, gifts received through the Foundation are used to supplement, not replace, support from the State.

GIFTS MADE to the Foundation may be designated for specific purposes, including facilities improvement, new construction, nature programs, endowments, or equipment purchases at specific state parks or forests or used at the discretion of park management.

Ways to Contribute

Gifts of Cash
The most common form of charitable donations. Please make your check payable to West Virginia State Parks Foundation Inc. and return it with the form available here.  Donations can be made by check, credit card, or PayPal.  Checks should be payable to WVSPF and mailed to:
West Virginia State Parks Foundation
324 4th Ave.
South Charleston, WV  25303

Gifts of Securities
The transfer of appreciated stock to West Virginia State Parks Foundation Inc. puts the full value of that asset to work for you and the park system. Capital gains taxes may be avoided with this type of donation. You may want to contact a professional advisor for legal, accounting, and tax advice.

Gifts of Real Estate
Gifts in this form will help avoid capital taxes and realize a charitable deduction. In the case of a personal residence you may retain the right to live or rent the property under a special arrangement.

Gift of Life Insurance
If West Virginia State Parks Foundation Inc. is made the owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy, donors may receive a current income tax reduction. You may want accounting to contact a professional advisor for legal, accounting, and tax advice.

Bequests of real or personal property take many forms as all or part of an estate may be given to the West Virginia State Park Foundation to be used or endowed for future needs, depending on your wishes.

Donations can be made by check, credit card, or PayPal.  Click here for details.

Current Foundation Officers
Greg Bray
88 State Park Rd, Fairmont WV 26554   email: president@wvspf.org
Vice President
position vacant

Samantha Norris
149 State Park Trail, Roanoke  WV 26447  email: secretary@wvspf.org
Kim McCluskey
PO Box 5556, Charleston WV 25361   email: treasurer@wvspf.org

Administrative Documents
Articles of Incorporation (1998)
Foundation bylaws (2010)
IRS Form 1023 (2002)
IRS tax-exempt Letter of Determination (2002)

Board meeting minutes, Annual Finalcial Reports, and Annual IRS Form 990

Forming a Local Foundation

Click here to go to a page outlining the general procedure for creating a new local foundation to support a West Virginia state park or forest.

 For More Information...

If you want more information about the West Virginia State Parks Foundation please send an e-mail message to info@wvspf.org or contact our office:
     West Virginia State Parks Foundation
     324 4th Ave.
     South Charleston, WV  25303

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page last updated or verified on December 1, 2020