The Mast General Stores is a group of 9 stores in North and South Carolina selling old-timey merchandise, outdoor supplies, clothing, and old-fashioned candy. One Saturday each September the Mast General Stores host a Friends Day, donating a percentage of the proceeds from sales in the North Carolina stores to the Foundation.
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As the primary private fund-raising partner of the Blue Ridge Parkway, expectations for our work along the Parkway are great. With such a culturally and ecologically rich landscape at stake, it's no wonder. The National Park Service relies upon our commitment to fund programs and projects that enhance the visitor experience and have lasting value, from environmental studies to historic preservation and interpretation. With shrinking Federal funding, it’s more challenging than ever for the park staff to maintain their high level of service.
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is a nonprofit 501(3)c organization founded in 1997 through a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service to provide private financial support for the Blue Ridge Parkway. We receive no annual Federal funding, and our budget greatly depends upon people like you who cherish the grandeur and legacy of the Parkway and Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is your link to making an impact on one of the most visited units in the National Park System. Join our Community of Stewards, who are strengthening the Blue Ridge Parkway now and for future generations.
Share the journey with us. Since 1997, we have provided more than $7 million dollars for projects and programs that benefit the Parkway. Learn more about what we do.
For nearly 70 years, the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) has produced and supported a variety of traditional arts programs in national parks across the United States. By formal agreement with the Parkway, NCTA is the Park’s partner in developing and operating the Blue Ridge Music Center located at Milepost 213 near Galax, Virginia. The Center’s mission is to preserve and present the traditional music of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Butler & Burke provides business, nonprofit and individual professional accounting Services, and handles the audit for the Foundation each year.
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