The National Park Service has many agreement templates available to facilitate various kinds of partnerships; they are listed below.
Agreements Authorized Under DO 32
Cooperating Association Agreement (Under Revision)
The Cooperating Association Agreement is written in accordance with Director’s Order #32 and Reference Manual #32 and encourages and promotes the advancement of a cooperative relationship between the National Park Service and the Cooperating Association.
Agreements Authorized Under DO 6
Interpretation and Education Services Agreement (Under Revision)
The Interpretation and Education Service Agreement is used to establish a partnership between the National Park Service and a partner to provide the public with interpretation and education services consistent with the standards established in Director’s Order 6; to define the role of the partner; and to encourage through training opportunities for the partner and NPS staff, an increased understanding and appreciation of park resources.
Agreements Authorized Under DO 21
Philanthropic Partnership Agreement
The Philanthropic Partnership Agreement is used to establish a long-term relationship between the NPS and its philanthropic partner and authorize the partner to solicit funds on behalf of the NPS. It is most commonly used with friends groups and similar organizations that intend to have a sustained philanthropic relationship with the NPS. Cooperating associations and other organizations that have a cooperative agreement or general agreement with the NPS may also enter into a philanthropic partnership agreement if they wish to develop a sustained philanthropic relationship with the NPS.
- Attachment A – Annual Work Plan (See 6.4.1 below for checklist of items to include)
- Attachment B – Donor Review Process
- Attachment C – Donor Recognition Plan(s) (See Section 8 of DO21)
- Attachment D – Feasibility Study (See 6.4.3 below)
- Attachment E – Philanthropic Partner(s) Articles of Incorporation or State Operating Agreement
- Attachment F – Philanthropic Partner(s) By-laws
- Attachment G – Philanthropic Partner(s) IRS Tax-Exemption Determination Letter
- Attachment I – Property Use
- Attachment J – Intellectual Property
- Attachment K – Endowment and Investment Accounts
Partner Design and Construction Agreement
A Partner Design & Construction Agreement or a Donation Agreement is used when a Partner proposes to design, construct, or renovate facilities, structures, or trails located on NPS property, and to donate all work to the NPS.
Philanthropic Support Agreement
A Philanthropic Support Agreement is a formal agreement used to document a short-term or project-specific philanthropic relationship between the NPS and organizations or individuals. These agreements are for financial and/or in-kind support to the NPS for a specific park purpose/project/program or for a limited timeframe.
Considerations in Agreements
Annual Work Plan
The NPS and the partner must approve an Annual Work Plan for each year their agreement is active. The annual work plan outlines the projects and programs that a park or program and an authorized philanthropic partner agree to work on and fundraise for in a specific year. The plan is a collaborative work that aligns the identified needs of a park or program area with the authorized philanthropic partner’s assessment of philanthropic or sponsorship interest in those needs.