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Check out our FAQ page below to see some answers to some very common questions that we receive. Contact us if you have any additional questions.
No. We are a fiscally sponsored project of the Social Good Fund. They are a 501c3 nonprofit so your membership dues to PPF are tax deductible. We are a start up project. Eventually, PPF will likely become its own 501c3.
The Social Good Fund is a fiscal sponsor. At the end of the day, they basically incubate start-up nonprofits. Donors make a donation. The funds are held by Social Good then used exclusively for the project they donated to.
Social Good has many projects under them. This is a great way to start a nonprofit project. You can at anytime become your own 501c3.
Sure can! Simply go to our contact us page, enter your details and ask us for Social Goods Financials. We will send to you the last two years that we currently have available.
Most nonprofits have this directly on their sites. So I often get asked why we don't. Those nonprofits are their own 501c3. But because we are fiscally sponsored via Social Good, their financials cover ALL projects.
On Charity Navigator, Social Good was rated 94/100! Check it out by clicking here.
There was a need to raise more money and awareness for our parks. From national and state parks to more local county, city, borough, and township parks. All parks could use additional funding.
That is why we created our grant program. When a member joins our cause, we take your membership dues and turn them into grants for local parks.
No. Our only affiliation is with the Social Good Fund. That being said, we would be happy to work with any government entity that would like to team up with our project.
Park Grant FAQ's
Grants will open to parks on January 2, 2023. Funds collected in 2022 will be used to fund the grants in the spring of 2023.
For 2023, our goal is to offer grants of $27,500. Our goal is to increase grant sizes each year. This will be for all county, city, borough, and township parks.
For national and state parks, our goal is to offer grants up to $75,000. Our goal is to increase this number every year.
Every January, we open our park grant portal. The portal will be open until Mid February. The first half of March PPF members will have the opportunity to vote to decide which parks they would like to see receive the grants. Early April we will announce the winners of the grants and the last half of April the grants will be mailed out by our fiscal sponsor, Social Good Fund.
PPF Members have the ultimate say. At the Pennsylvania Parks Fund, we do things a bit different. We believe that since memberships dues is what pays for our grants, members should have a say in who receives the grants. Members will cast their vote in March of each year. All members have an equal say.
Aside from your basic grant request information, we highly suggest photos and videos. Remember, PPF members will vote which parks receive a grant. We suggest showing pictures or videos of what you want to accomplish. Perhaps a walk through video of what you want to do. Humans love images and videos. So images and videos are the best way to showcase your park and your needs.
You betcha! All parks can request a grant.
Grants can be used to fund any improvements within your park. This could include improved pavilions, playgrounds, buildings, trails, landscaping, equipment, parking lot, boats, etc. If it improves your park, your grant can be used to fund it. Let's keep our parks looking beautiful!
Each park can only request one grant per year. So if you plan on doing multiple projects with the funding, please include that with your grant request.
Winners will be announced in early April 2023.
Currently, our goal is to mail out checks the second half of April 2023. Currently, our method of sending the grants out will be in the form of a check.
One time memberships are valid for one year
Monthly memberships are valid for one month
Quaterly memberships are valid for one quarter
Annual memberships are valid for one year.
Yes! We also offer quarterly and annual recurring giving.
Yes! Your membership dues are tax-deductible minus the retail price of our drawstring backpack and t-shirt. If your membership qualifies, take the value of your membership minus $14.95 per drawstring backpack and minus $25 for t-shirt. So lets say you gave $250. You would be able to deduct $195.10. You will receive an annual giving statement every January which lists all your donations for the prior year, a list of any free membership perks and the total given minus the value of the free gifts.
Visit our Join Today page. You can join online or through the mail.
There are two ways to cancel currently.
Online: Every time you make a donation, you will receive a receipt from us. At the bottom of that email, click on "Manage Recurring Membership" Once there, you can click on "Cancel Recurring donation" You can also edit your donation, change the amount, change the date, and so on.
You can also go to our contact us page. Be sure to send it to us at least two days before your next donation. If you give us less than 48 hours to update your account, we cant guarantee to cancel or edit your account. When emailing us be sure to include your name, address, and email address so we can locate your account.
We are hoping to simplify this process later in 2022.
Yes you can! You can increase or decrease the amount you give. Locate the last receipt you received from us. At the bottom of the email, click on "Manage Recurring Donation." There you can edit the amount you give.
Yes, you can! In order to do this, you must send us an email requesting this. Be sure to provide us with your name, address, the email address associated with your account, and the date you want the payment changed to. This summer, we hope to add a phone option so you can talk to a live rep.
Yes, you can! In order to do this, you must send us an email requesting this. Be sure to provide us with your name, address, the email address associated with your account, and when you want your donation to begin recurring again. This summer, we hope to add a phone option so you can talk to a live rep.
Calendars are mailed out the second half of December of each year.
Drawstring backpacks will ship out within two to four weeks of membership enrollment.
T-Shirts will be shipped out within two weeks of you redeeming your Free T-Shirt Rewards Coupon. As soon as you contribute $200, and for every $200 there after, you will receive a coupon to receive one free PPF T-Shirt.
If you don't receive these items above within those time frames, go to our contact us page. Please send us a message with your information. We will look into this. You can also message us on Facebook.
See member benefits page for details.
Members save at amusement parks throughout the USA. Savings can be as high as 50%! On top of saving at amusement parks, members also save on the following:
Water Parks | Ski Lodges | Local Attractions | Hotels | Car Rentals | Flights | Movie Tickets | Online Shopping Discounts | Broadway | Musicals | Concerts | Sporting Events | And then some!
For annual or one time donors who contributed $50+, we will send you your free drawstring backpack within three to four weeks. Those who have contributed $100+, we will send you two free drawstring backpacks within three to four weeks.
For monthly donors who contribute $10+ monthly, we will send you two free drawstring backpacks within three to four weeks after your second monthly membership dues payment.
For those giving each quarter, we will send you two free drawstring backpacks after your first quarterly membership payment of $30+. They will arrive within three to four weeks.
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