Park Foundation School ~

August 30 - September 3, 2020

Oglebay’s National Training Center is proud to introduce the first Park Foundation School at Oglebay.

The Park Foundation School is a unique professional management school geared toward improving attendees’ understanding of how to start, build, and strengthen park foundations, friends groups, and other nonprofit organizations that support parks and recreation agencies, while enhancing their professional networks. It is offered in cooperation with the National Association of Park Foundations and North Caroline State University. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Foundation start-up strategies
  • Taking your existing foundation to a new level
  • Selecting, managing, and recruiting your Board of Directors
  • Fund development and fiscal resource management
  • Strategic planning for success
  • Fundraising strategies to include campaigns and events
  • How to effectively market your organization and its ideas using 2020 methods
  • Protecting your foundation’s reputation from a crisis
  • Working with volunteers
  • Best practice relationship building between your foundation and your park agency
  • Evaluation and measurement techniques to include data collection and evaluation techniques


School Director
Tom O’Rourke
National Association of Park Foundations Liaison
Donald A. Ortale
(630) 965-1000
North Carolina State University Liaison
Dr. Candace Goode Vick
(919) 513-3939

2019 Year 1 Faculty

Lori Hazlett, CPRP
Indianapolis Parks Foundation
Indianapolis, IN
Tim Moloney
Executive Director, Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District
Columbus, Ohio
Dr. Nathan Schaumleffel
Proprietor and Senior Consultant
Driven Strategic LLC
Terre Haute, IN
Brooke Pardue
President / CEO
Louisville Parks Foundation
Louisville, KY
Charles J. Szoke, CPRP
(Recently retired) Executive Director
Channahon Park District
Channahon, Illinois 60410
Jayne Miller
President & CEO
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy