Development Blog

SFPA Legacy Circle

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

San Francisco Parks Alliance’s Legacy Circle includes those special park lovers who have included parks in their wills and estate plans.

Create or update your estate plan with a free SFPA organizer

January is a time to look ahead and make plans for the year-and beyond. When you set your goals and make your list of things you need to do this year, you may wish to create or update your estate plans. It will allow you to gain or maintain control during life and the distribution of your estate at death by creating or updating your estate plan.

San Francisco Parks Alliance complimentary estate-planning organizer, available both in hard copy and electronic form, allows you to estimate the size of your estate and list vital information your attorney will need to draft

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or update your plan.

Even if your plan is in place, you can use the organizer to express your wishes about everything from obituary content to final ceremonies, issues that can create family conflict without your guidance. It also lets you provide those you love with an inventory of important documents and the whereabouts of vital assets needed by you during life or required to settle your estate.

An organized estate plans brings solace to your family and can be a blessing for the parks. If you would like to receive a complimentary estate-planning organizer, please contact Donalda Watson-Walkinshaw, Director of Membership, at 415-750-5443 or e-mail Specify the hard copy or electronic versions, leaving your mailing or email address.

Support your parks with a stroke of the pen

You can help ensure that the parks you’ve enjoyed will be preserved for future generations with a stroke of the pen by remembering the San Francisco Parks Alliance in your estate plans. A bequest in your will or living trust to SFPA will support citizen stewardship of our parks and makes you immediately eligible for membership in the Parks Alliance Legacy Circle.

If you want your charitable bequests to support your favorite parks project you can do so. Have your attorney review the following language: “I give, devise and bequeath to the San Francisco Parks Alliance, located in San Francisco, California, Tax Identification Number: 23-7131784 ( specific amount, percentage of estate, or describe property) for the benefit of its general purposes (or specify the program you wish to support).”

Your bequest when received may also make you eligible for the Commemorative Bench Program. If so, you can have your bequest specify that San Francisco Parks Alliance place a memorial bench in the parks with an inscribed plaque honoring you or a loved one. You can also fund this welcoming and practical memorial through a lifetime gift.

For more information, please contact Donalda Watson-Walkinshaw at 415-750-5443 or e-mail

Join us for SFPA’s Annual Holiday Open House – Friday, Dec 2!

Monday, November 28th, 2011

We at the San Francisco Parks Alliance (SFPA) hope you’re having a relaxing start to the holiday season. In the spirit of celebrating, we extend an invitation to you our park advocates and your families to join us on Friday, December 2 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Hayes Valley office for the SFPA Holiday Open House.

The Details…

Date: Friday, December 2, 2011

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Location: SFPA Hayes Street Office, 451 Hayes Street, 2nd Floor (b/w Gough and Octavia)

Our staff will be providing desserts and drinks for our guests – we hope you consider bringing along a savory appetizer to share with other park advocates, volunteers, staff and board. We’re proud to be partnering with Community Partners United (CPU) and the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association (HVNA) for this special Friday evening event. Both CPU and the HVNA will be hosting choral performances in Patricia’s Green, right next door to our building. Come and enjoy great music in our park and then join us at SFPA for community, light snacks and a warm beverage.

Beverages and holiday desserts will be provided so please bring a savory appetizer to share.

Playground Initiative meets its challenge match!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011


Earlier this year, we told you that you could help Neighborhood Parks Council improve playgrounds in San Francisco. Your gift to the Playground Initiative allowed NPC to identify and rehabilitate playgrounds in need of attention. For example, volunteers added ten tons of clean playground sand at Herz Playground in Visitacion Valley guaranteeing a safe and sanitary play area for neighborhood children. To read about our other successes, please visit the Playground Initiative Successes page.

Further, your contribution enabled NPC to release its match from the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, making our total funds raised $40,000!

To continue to follow NPC’s work on the Playground Initiative, please visit to learn about upcoming events, the Playground Report Card and other playground relevant news.

Once again, on the behalf of the staff and board at NPC and families throughout San Francisco, thank you for your support. We could not have done this without your generosity and dedication to the maintenance and care of our playgrounds.

NPC’s Playground Donation Challenge

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Monkey BarsOde to our playgrounds

Every morning, kids on summer vacation arise
Looking forward to a day to romp and catch butterflies

A day at the playground is what’s in store
Sunny days in San Francisco are never a bore

Monkey bars, slides, sand pits and swings…
My how all the children and parents love those things

Imagine your day without the park
We would feel like we’re all in the dark

Thanks to NPC, our playgrounds are clean, safe and fun
The Playground Initiative makes sure to get the job done

Playgrounds are in need
So, do us the deed and donate to our match
Your gift will be doubled within a flash!

Imagine this. Your child’s playground is clean, safe and beautiful. There are no foreign objects in the sand, the swings don’t have missing chains and you are not afraid to take your children to the park anymore. All children deserve a safe and enjoyable place to play.

NPC’s Playground Initiative works with the community to improve unsafe playgrounds by hosting clean-up days and events. With the help of the Recreation and Park Department and local volunteers, the Playground Initiative surveys all the playgrounds in the city to raise awareness on specific parks in need. The 2010 Report Card was published in April 2010 at NPC’s annual Play Day.

While certain playgrounds face challenges, Neighborhood Parks Council pulled together and achieved some stunning successes; through our efforts failing play structures at Balboa, Franklin and Rossi parks have been replaced with Dolores and West Sunset parks breaking ground in the summer. Hard work, dedication, critical timing, and donations from supporters like you – NPC was able to respond to unparalleled opportunities.

Today we’re facing the kind of challenge we like. A generous grant from Mimi and Peter Haas Fund will match your gift dollar-for-dollar.

Help us provide 365 days of services around the City – one day at a time – by supporting a playground.

$100 will ensure each playground in San Francisco is evaluated for safety hazards and prioritized for any needed repairs


allows NPC to plan a volunteer work day at a dilapidated playground to improve its condition

$500 gives NPC the ability to start a park group at a run-down playground to help transform it for the whole community

Remember, your gift will qualify for the match and double in value, so please give as generously as you can.

Please contact us at with any questions or click here to make your contribution.

Friendraiser Luncheon 2011

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011


“Parks are integral to urban life – everyone deserves a clean, safe, park in their neighborhood. Parks create community.”


On May 19, 2011, Neighborhood Parks Council held their Annual Friendraiser Luncheon at the elaborate and beautiful Julia Morgan Ballroom. The Luncheon was a great success with a fully packed house. This networking event brought together an amazing group of supporters and advocates for parks and open spaces. It is our strong relationships that keep our city green and allows us to escape to nature in our urban city.

As the panelist spoke each one emphasized the importance of our parks and how we all can be engaged in improving the overall health of our city and the environment. It was so meaningful for the NPC staff, as we work with so many of the attendees each day to celebrate

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our amazing achievements together.

On behalf of the NPC staff and Board of Directors, we thank our generous sponsors, table hosts and partners. With your donations and funding we can keep the future of open space and recreation vibrant and alive.

2011 Friendraiser Luncheon

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011


Thank you to all who attended our Friendraiser Luncheon on May 19, 2011! Read about our success at

As a grassroots organization, much of our strength comes from the relationships we build with people and organizations introduced to us by friends like you. One of the most fun and effective ways we reach out is through our Annual Luncheon, a networking event, which brings many new supporters and volunteers to learn more about our parks, and how they can be engaged in improving them. This year, we are delighted to be holding the event in the beautiful Julia Morgan Ballroom (465 California Street in the heart of

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the Financial District) on Thursday, May 19 from 11:30am to 1:00pm.

Thank you to our generous sponsors and table hosts.

Ways to get involved

Table Host: Your role as a Table Host is vital in introducing new faces to NPC. This is a great opportunity for our parks to gain new friends and for you to host a lunch-party with a purpose! To participate please fill out this form. After you have submitted the form, a staff member from NPC will be

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in touch with you about next steps.

Event sponsors: Partnering with our corporate sponsors ensures San Francisco’s vision of open space is realized. With your support, NPC will continue to protect and improve our parks and open space. To become an event sponsor, please fill out this form. After you have submitted the form, a staff member from NPC will be in touch with you about next steps.

Are you a Guest of an Event Sponsor or Table Host: Please RSVP below to be transferred to our ticketing site.

The Wellie Wagon Gives Back

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

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This mobile cialis and methamphetamine van sold rubber boots throughout the city, so San Franciscans would have dry feet during the rainy season.

Tretorn picked NPC as their charity of choice and donated $1 for every pair sold at the Wellie Wagon. During Earth week, the company released a new color generic cialis boot and gave $10 per pair to our nonprofit. We’re happy to say that with Tretorn’s Twitter feed letting people know about their location and SFer’s hatred for soggy socks, NPC will be viagra over the counter canada receiving a donation of nearly $400!

The company also donated Wellies to NPC staff members so when we’re at workdays our feet will not get dampened either.

Not only did Tretorn support NPC with a donation, but the Wellie Wagon staff helped risks of viagra clean up Warm Water Cove Park with the Green Trust along the Blue Greenway during Earth day. Thank asian girl in viagra commercial you, Wellie Wagon for visiting San Francisco!

Cinco De Mayo Happy Hour with City CarShare

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

1760 Market Street
(at Octavia)
San Francisco, CA

Thursday, May 5, 2011
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Come to the newest bar on the street! Join Neighborhood Parks Council and City CarShare for a Cinco De Mayo happy hour! Have a ton of margaritas and tip our super awesome bartenders.  We’ll have raffles, happy hour specials and gifts for CCS members! All tips go to CCS and Neighborhood Parks Council.

2011 Luncheon Supporters

Monday, April 25th, 2011

As a grassroots organization, much of our strength comes from the relationships we build with people and organizations introduced to us by friends like you.

Thank you to our supporters, table hosts and sponsors.

Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors




Silver Sponsors


Anne Halsted





Bronze Sponsors

Barbara Wilson

Barbary Coast Consulting

City CarShare

David Baker + Partner Architects

Emerald Fund

Forest City Development

Laborer’s International Union, Local 261

Lynne Newhouse-Segal

Mack 5

San Francisco Federal Credit Union

San Francisco Parks Trust

Surface Design, Inc.

Trust for Public Land

Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey


A big thank you to this year’s table hosts.

Thank you for helping NPC build its coalition.

Adita Advani | Alicia Esterkamp Allbin | Amy Anton | Anne Batmale | Jan Chernoff

Jeremy Fong | Chris Guillard | Anne Halsted | Robert Herr | Mark Kelley

Linda Stark Litehiser | Leslie Lombre | Alastair Mactaggart | Mary McCue | Jack McLaughlin


Newhouse-Segal | Alfredo Pedroza | Bert Pollacio | Maurice Quillen | Kelly Quirke

Jonathan Rewers | Jaime Rossi | Patty-Jo Rutland | Kathleen

Scanlan | Glenn Snyder

Jennifer Stuart | Jim Sutton | David Thomas | Dianne Thomas | Jerry Tone

Isabel Wade | Megan Walker | Marcel Wilson | Roderick Wyllie | Ben Yu | Lisa Zahner

Support NPC Through Your Community

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

We know that our park advocates support their parks in many ways. This is why NPC provides several ways for you to support our efforts, helping new park groups form and existing groups work to improve their recreation and open space.

Supporters can give through a donation or through community giving opportunities with our partners like My Broker Donates, Cole Hardware and Community Thrift.

No matter how you support NPC’s work, your contribution will be put to use right away to make our parks clean, green and fun!

My Broker Donates

NPC is proud to announce

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its newest community fundraising partner, My Broker Donates (MBD). Donations are generated by tapping real estate commissions when you buy or sell a home. They do this by connecting our supporters with best-in-market real estate brokers who donate 15% of their fee to the Parks Council.

The best part? It costs the S.F. Parks Council and its supporters nothing.

If you or someone you know is considering selling their home, connect with the great people at My Broker Donates and give back to your new neighborhood park!

Cole Hardware
Cole Hardware gives us 10% of purchases made by you, whenever you make a purchase! Earn money for Neighborhood Parks Council while shopping for your hardware needs at any Cole Hardware location. The more you spend, the more they donate to us! Just ask the cashier to post your purchase to Neighborhood Parks Council (account #783). It’s that simple!

Cole Hardware logo Four Cole Hardware locations in San Francisco:
Cole Valley: 956 Cole Street at Parnassus
Mission District: 3312 Mission Street at 29th Street
Downtown: 70 Fourth Street near Market
Russian Hill: 2254 Polk Street at Green


Community Thrift Store
You can make a contribution to NPC by donating unwanted items to Community Thrift Store.

Community Thrift is located at 623 Valencia Street in the Mission (click here for a map).
Donation hours are 10 AM-5 PM every day.Unsure if you should donate? Call Community Thrift Store for details on acceptable donation items (415.861.4910) or click here to read more.
Make sure to note NPC’s charity code is #142.