Salem Parks Foundation began with a small group of park
advocates in Salem, Oregon, who were concerned about the long
term future of Salem’s city parks. Noticing that public funding
was shrinking, these volunteers sought to raise public awareness
of the importance of parks to community livability and began
raising funds to enhance and improve Salem parks.
Salem Parks Foundation filed August 4, 2000, with the State of Oregon Corporation Division as a public benefit corporation and received 501(c)3 tax-exempt status from the IRS on December 14, 2004. Our Employee Identification Number is 93-1300126
Salem Parks Foundation (SPF) is a non-profit, volunteer
organization whose mission is to improve, enhance, and advocate for
the park system of Salem, Oregon, through financial and community
SPF raises money for park improvements mainly through public donations and by applying for grants. SPF has no paid staff and very few overhead costs, so that most of the money raised can go to parks. Donors may designate that their gifts benefit specific parks and projects.
Salem Parks Foundation has established a dedicated fund within the Oregon Community Foundation to provide a permanent source of revenue for Salem parks. The fund is supported by the annual Fall fundraising event, “Pinot for the Parks,” and by designated donations.
Salem Parks Foundation
PO Box 5764
Salem, OR 97304