Friends of the Palo Alto Parks is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (tax ID# 56-2424518) and welcomes donations of any amount to support parks in general or a specific park project. All donations are 100% tax-deductible. An important aspect of what Friends of the Palo Alto Parks (FOPAP) provides is an organization that can gather and manage tax deductible contributions for other groups whose projects are consistent with FOPAP’s mission. Because the FOPAP Board and Officers are all volunteers, almost all of a donation goes to the specified project.

Contribute by Mail or Phone

Complete the donor registration form, and mail to:

Friends of the Palo Alto Parks
425 Grant Ave., Suite 27
Palo Alto, Ca 94306

Or call the organization’s office at (650) 327 7323

Contribute Online

Please select a fund below:

Foothills Park Preserve Fund

Baylands Fund

Bol Park Fund

Lawn Bowls Fund

Dog Park Fund

General Fund

Contributions may be made here online through PayPal, or offline in the form of a check, or through a pledge, stock transfer, bequest, or other estate-planning program.

Active projects being funded change over time.  At this time the current projects seeking donations are:

  • Foothills Park Preserve Fund
    There is much deferred maintenance that needs to be addressed, projects such as the bridge to the island, the care and rehab of the Nature Interpretive Center, the dock at Boronda Lake, and of course ongoing trail & wildlife care. About 90 acres (36 ha) of the park are developed with amenities including a large grassy field, many picnic sites, and a campground. Boronda lake is used for fishing, rowing, and canoeing. The park also has 15 miles (24 km) of trails.
  • Baylands Fund
    The City of Palo Alto has been awarded the Outdoor Education Environmental Facilities Grant from the Resources Agency of the State of California for our Baylands Signage Program. The State is providing $162,000 towards the $216,000 project. Now, with your help, and a grant from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation we have raised the remaining $54,000 match!! The project, titled “Bridging Communities by Caring for a Salt Marsh”, proposes to interpret and engage communities in the care of the marshlands of the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve through the installation of interpretive panels and interactive exhibits along two miles of multi-use trails of the Baylands, and on the adjoining ¼ mile long boardwalk of the Lucy Evans Nature Center (LENC), an interpretive center built in 1969 to interpret the Baylands.  The proposed multi-sensory, bilingual interpretive panels, which will include interactive and highly tactile exhibit elements, will serve visitors that come to the Baylands to learn about the ecology and management of its salt marshes. The Baylands Interpretive Project serves to complement the newly opened Cooley Landing Education Center on the north end of the proposed two miles of interpreted trails, and the LENC on the south end of the trail.
  • Dog Park Fund
    Recently established by the Palo Alto Dog Owners Association, this fund was suggested by members of the Palo Alto Parks & Recreation Commission as a vehicle to help facilitate future dog parks. The Palo Alto Dog Owners Association will authorize fund expenditures.
  • Bol Park Native Plant Garden Fund
    In 2007 the City of Palo Alto turned over maintenance of the Bol Park California Native Plot to the residents of Barron Park. This project needs continued support from anyone with “in kind” and monetary contributions.  A Barron Park Association representative authorizes fund expenditures.
  • Lawn Bowls Fund
    The Palo Alto Lawn Bowls Club, with a membership of over 110 members, fosters and promotes the game of lawn bowls.  Club members and the city of Palo Alto work together to maintain and improve the green and the clubhouse.  Donations to the Lawn Bowls Fund though Friends of the Palo Alto Parks go to purchases that enhance and improve the facility.  Donations have assisted in buying appliance upgrades for the kitchen, ceiling fans to cool the clubhouse, shelves for storage, and a roller to level the green.  A Club representative authorizes all expenditures.
  • General Fund
    The Board decides how to best use these funds consistent to FOPAP’s mission.  It is also used for expenses that can’t be avoided such as the annual corporation fees paid to the State to continue as a non-profit corporation. (If no project is specified, General Fund is assumed.)