Park Foundation

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Park Foundation
Formation 1966
Founder Roy Hampton Park, Sr.
Methods Grant-making
Executive Director
Jon Jensen
Disbursements $27,834,926 (2013)[1]
Endowment $417,289,515 (2013)[1]

The Park Foundation is a nonprofit foundation founded in 1966 by businessman and media mogul Roy H. Park.

The foundation supports a variety of liberal and environmental causes, and has been a major supporter of the anti-fracking movement[2][3] as well as education. From 2009 to 2012, the foundation gave over $3 million to dozens of advocacy groups and other institutions that oppose fracking, including $175,000 to produce the documentary Gasland.[4] In 2013, the foundation gave $50 million to endow the Park Scholarships program at North Carolina State University.[5]

It is based in Ithaca, New York and is chaired by Park's daughter, Adelaide Park Gomer. Jon Jensen is the Executive Director.

In 2003, the Triad Foundation was spun off from the Park Foundation, as a result of political disputes between Park's children.[2][6][7]


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  2. ^ a b Soraghan, Mike (March 12, 2012). "Quiet foundation funds the 'anti-fracking' fight". EnergyWire. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Siegel, Fred (November 7, 2013). "Fred Siegel: Fracking, Poverty and the New Liberal Gentry". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Campbell, Jon (Apr 15, 2012). "Park Foundation funds anti-fracking groups". Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Burns, Matthew (September 27, 2013). "NCSU gets $50M gift for scholarship endowment". WRAL. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  6. ^ Fowler, Kelsey (November 11, 2010). "Park family locked in power struggle". The Ithacan. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  7. ^ Chaisson, Bill (August 15, 2012). "Legacy Lives On: Park, Triad foundations continue the work of Roy Park Sr.". Retrieved 15 June 2015.