National Recreation and Park Association Joins USA Today’s ‘A Community Thrives’ Project on Crowdrise


Help the National Recreation and Park Association receive a $100,000 grant by donating to its CrowdRise fundraiser.

Ashburn, Va. (April 3, 2018) – (RealEstateRama) — The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is participating in A Community Thrives, a fundraising project on CrowdRise,the largest crowdfunding platform for good. A Community Thrives is a USA TODAY NETWORK nation-wide program that is focused on helping organizations related to wellness, arts & culture, and education. Participating organizations will compete for $600,000 in available grant money. NRPA has joined the project on CrowdRise in hopes of raising money to advance parks, recreation and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people.

NRPA is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation and conservation. Its work draws national focus to the far-reaching impact of successes generated at the local level. Leveraging their role in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity to improve their communities NRPA’s members of park and recreation professionals and advocates are 60,000 strong and represent public spaces in urban communities, rural settings and everything in between.  The A Community Thrives project is a wonderful opportunity to support NRPA’s core mission because everyone deserves a great park.

“NRPA is pleased to participate in A Community Thrives program as it provides a wonderful opportunity to fund our park and recreation initiatives,” says David Cooper, NRPA’s VP of Individual Giving.

NRPA began participation in the A Community Thrives event on CrowdRise in March and needs to raise $6000 by May 11 at 11:59am ET in order to qualify for a $100,000 grant. There will be up to 16 grants awarded by the Gannett Foundation:

  • Six (6) Tier 1 Grants in the following amounts: $100,000, $50,000, $50,000, $25,000, $15,000, $10,000??
  • Six (6) Tier 2 Grants in the following amounts: $100,000, $50,000, $50,000, $25,000, $15,000, $10,000
  • Two (2) Tier 1 Fan Favorite Grants of $25,000 each
  • Two (2) Tier 2 Fan Favorite Grants of $25,000 each

CrowdRise administers innovative fundraising competitions for charitable organizations designed to build capacity, create massive engagement and leverage, and use the power of the crowd to provide new meaningful funding streams for organizations in every sector.

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The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit

A Community Thrives (ACT) empowers communities to take on local challenges and share the issues important to them around education, wellness, and culture. ACT does more than just provide grant money to local organizations. Powered by USA TODAY NETWORK, the program surfaces local issues on a national platform. ACT brings communities together and gets people to take action. This unique program is building a culture of change agents by empowering communities to connect, act, and thrive. To learn more about A Community Thrives, visit

The Gannett Foundation is a corporate foundation sponsored by Gannett Co., Inc. and serves to link the corporate mission and purpose with communities in which we operate. Through its Community Grants and A Community Thrives programs, Gannett Foundation supports nonprofit activities impacting residents in the communities in which Gannett does business. Through its other initiatives, the Foundation invests in the future of the media industry and encourages employee giving and volunteerism.

CrowdRise is the world’s largest crowdfunding platform dedicated exclusively to charitable fundraising. Used by millions of individuals, tens of thousands of charities, hundreds of companies and many of the most famous artists and athletes in the world, CrowdRise enables people to creatively leverage their resources and networks to unlock the power of the crowd to support positive social missions and create massive impact.

Founded by actor Edward Norton, film producer Shauna Robertson and Robert and Jeffrey Wolfe, CrowdRise has conceived, implemented and powered campaigns that have raised hundreds of millions of dollars to date. For more information visit In January 2017, CrowdRise merged with GoFundMe to offer both people and organizations the best fundraising tools for any cause they care passionately about.

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