The Florida Park Service Friend’s organizations are independent non-profit 501c3 charitable organizations. Friends groups provide an unparalleled value to state parks including net assets of $7.4M ($7,393,030). We generate more than $4.2M ($4,230,931) in revenue through fundraising events and donations. We contribute $2.5M ($2,539,447) in direct program services for park visitors from supporting interpretive programs to purchasing ADA equipment for universal access for all visitors to state parks. During the recent economic downturn, Friends groups provided critical funding for everything from board walk and building repairs to mowers, trams, and road paving and continue to do so.