SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS FUND, 401 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 contact@samofund.org 805-370-2341

Mission and History

The Santa Monica Mountains Fund promotes and assists the park agencies of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in accomplishing their missions. Together, they foster the protection and enjoyment of park resources by the public through education, research, improved facilities, citizen engagement and stewardship.

Our Strategy

The Fund invests its monies in projects to achieve the mission of the organization. Principal recipients are the park agencies that operate within the mountains. In addition, the Fund sponsors research projects, internships and provides stipends to augment the staffing resources available to successfully complete these projects.

The Santa Monica Mountains Fund endowment works to ensure a continuing source of future park funding. As federal and state budgets remain uncertain, the Fund seeks to build toward a stable future that allows park managers to focus on the protection of resources and the enjoyment of visitors, rather than negotiating budget shortfalls.

History

The Santa Monica Mountains Fund was established in 1988 to support the education and resource protection efforts of the National Park Service and California State Parks in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Originally incorporated as the Santa Monica Mountains Parklands Association, the organization was formed by concerned citizens to represent the interests of the public in the development of parklands and recreation opportunities within the mountains.