What We DO
We’re stewards on every level.
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation continues to be a comprehensive and independent protector of the Parkway, providing critical support beyond federal budgets to assure that the traditions and beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway can be forever preserved and shared. The Foundation’s support of Parkway programs must meet two criteria: to have a lasting value and to enhance the quality of the visitor experience. We work closely with the Blue Ridge Parkway to identify and prioritize needed projects and programs that preserve the past, enhance the present and safeguard the future of America's Favorite Journey.
Beyond its primary objective—to enhance The Parkway experience and to help preserve its scenic quality—the Foundation is a community of stewards that includes our donors and our partners. We support an array of initiatives, including awarding small grants to organizations whose projects benefit the Blue Ridge Parkway, and an End-to-Ender program to reward and recognize individuals who have traveled all of its 469 miles.
In 2012 alone, we funded more than 20 programs and projects with over $650,000, impacting everything from preservation of Parkway visitor facilities to providing educational programs for school children. View more of our work.
The Foundation's Kids in Parks program is an initiative of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. Working together with partners throughout the country, their mission is to promote children’s health and the health of our parks by engaging families in outdoor adventures that increase physical activity and foster a meaningful connection to the natural and cultural world.
There’s no time like now to join our community of stewards and preserve and protect the Blue Ridge Parkway for our grandchildren. With your involvement, we can ensure that the memories continue. Learn more about why it matters.
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