Resources for Friends

Continuing to build and strengthen Friends groups will provide a significant complement to New York State’s ongoing revitalization of its iconic park system and public open spaces, as well as provide more opportunities for park and historic site visitors to engage with and appreciate our natural, cultural and historical treasures. 

One of the primary ways that PTNY supports NYS Friends groups is through the sharing of best-practice resources that provide groups with the knowledge and tools needed to function and evolve as nonprofit organizations that steward and support our public parks, trails, and open spaces. Find our Best Practices Manual for Friends groups and Friends Resource Kit below. Full access to all resources is available to our members.

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Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) has created this Best Practices manual for Friends groups as a resource to help build the capacity of Friends groups, expand outreach and communications, and enhance advocacy. If you are involved in a park or historic site Friends group or thinking about starting one, PTNY can help you build and strengthen your organization. Click the image to view and download the Best Practices Manual.

 


Friends Resource Kit

This online Friends Resource Kit is designed to provide the board, staff and volunteers of nonprofit Friends groups with the tools and resources needed to grow and strengthen your organization. From templates and sample documents, to our Friends in Focus fact sheet series which explores in-depth topics, to links to key resources and video recordings of our Friends-to-Friends workshops, there's something here for every organization. If you have a suggestion for a topic not covered, let us know.

 

NONPROFIT AND GROUP MANAGEMENT
BOARD GOVERNANCE
DEVELOPMENT AND FUNDRAISING
COMMUNICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY
VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
RELATIONSHIPS WITH STATE AGENCIES