Private philanthropy has played a pivotal role in the evolution of America’s national parks dating back to 1901 when the Kent family of San Francisco donated acres of majestic coastal redwoods known today as Muir Woods National Monument.

Soon after, benevolent American families such as the Rockefellers and the Mellons invested in visionary land conservation efforts, setting off a still-continuing legacy of philanthropy in support of national parks.

Our national parks have survived and thrived partnering with exemplary corporate citizens such as Coca-Cola, Ford, American Airlines, and Boeing.

Individual philanthropy and corporate partnerships have resulted in renovations of the Washington Monument and Statue of Liberty, the restoration of Yosemite Valley, and special discoveries in Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon.

3rd grade field trip to Fort Sumter

The support of municipalities and civic-minded local businesses has been equally important to national parks throughout the country. The Fort Sumter – Fort Moultrie Trust has been able to extend the reach of Charleston’s national park sites through the generosity of individual citizens, the city of Charleston and town of Mount Pleasant, plus civic-minded businesses such as Fort Sumter Tours and First Citizens Bank.

Click Here to learn how you can support the Trust.

Students visiting Morris Island