The California State Parks Foundation is dedicated to sharing information about our organization with our members, donors, partners, and casual visitors alike. In other sections of this website, you will find information about the scope of our work and programs. This portion of the website is intended to provide background information about the organization’s financial health; accountability and transparency about our policies, financial profile, and strategic direction.
From time to time, this portion of the website will be updated to reflect new information. If you do not find the information you are seeking here or elsewhere on the CSPF website, we urge you to contact us at (415) 262-4400 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our very best to answer your questions. Thanks for visiting calparks.org.
The very nature of what CSPF does – primarily fundraising and advocacy -- means we experience significant annual revenue fluctuations as we raise funds to address critical capital project and programmatic needs for parks. Our work with DPR on important capital initiatives—such as restoring Pigeon Point Light Station and the wetlands at Candlestick Point—creates large revenue fluctuations from year to year. Funds raised for these projects, as well as the projects’ capital expenditures, can increase or decrease dramatically in any given fiscal year, depending on the stage of the projects and completion of various project components, This normal fluctuation significantly affects the ratio of program expenditures to administrative and fundraising expenses, as well as the percentage spent on fundraising in any given year.
What holds steady through these fiscal peaks and valleys is our dedication to strict accountability and financial transparency, maintaining the highest non-profit financial and fundraising standards, and building park excellence. We direct as much of every dollar possible to benefit state parks. We have a dedicated fundraising team in place working diligently to reduce our fundraising expenses. In addition to remaining committed to serving our 130,000 members statewide, CSPF continues to act as the independent voice for state parks, advocating for adequate funding and sound policies for state parks, and funding restoration efforts and educational programs.
If you have any questions about any aspect of the financial information on this page, please email us at email@example.com or call us at (415) 262-4400.
Why are there annual fluctuations in CSPF’s fundraising and expenditure numbers?
One of the Foundation’s roles is to assist the California State Parks in raising funds for major capital projects. Examples of such projects include the restoration of the light house at Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park and wetlands restoration at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area. CSPF raises funds and manages their distribution to complete these capital projects in accordance with funders’ wishes. The pace at which funds are raised and spent vary dramatically from year to year, depending both on campaign phasing and the timing of the projects completed by the Department of Parks and Recreation. As a result, the Foundation’s revenues and expenditures can fluctuate significantly from year to year, affecting the ratio of program to administrative/fundraising expense as well as the cost of fundraising percentage.
Are CSPF staff salaries reasonable?
The compensation structure for CSPF’s staff, including senior management, is established annually in consultation with an independent compensation consultant. The consultant’s salary recommendations are based on their objective review of regional compensation surveys as well as their assessment of CSPF’s job responsibilities and supervisory duties. Executive compensation is specifically reviewed and approved by the Board’s Executive Committee. The overall compensation levels for senior management as approved by the Board of Trustees are consistently at or below the recommended levels provided by the compensation consultant.
In evaluating and implementing strategies and actions under the strategic plan, CSPF will emphasize the following overarching values and priorities that have been highlighted throughout the strategic planning process.