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Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore
Background In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed legislation that established the Cape Cod National Seashore. 44,000 acres that includes the untamed shoreline of the Atlantic Coast, dunes that yield to heathland, marshes, woods and ponds were designated as a national park for public use. The beautiful towns of Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown with their histories tied to the sea lie within the Seashore. The inclusion of these towns was a departure from the typical National Park model that previously created Parks from publicly owned or donated land.
Every year, the Cape Cod National Seashore welcomes millions of visitors from all over the world. In 2015, 4.4 million visitors explored the Seashore, making it one of the most popular of our country's national parks.
Mission Statement Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore (FCCNS) is the not-for-profit fundraising partner of the Cape Cod National Seashore, a partnership established to preserve, protect, and enhance the fragile environment and unique cultural heritage of the National Seashore. FCCNS leverages existing federal support with additional private philanthropy, engaging members, donors, and visitors in the shared values of cultural appreciation, environmental stewardship and historical preservation.
The Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore was incorporated in Massachusetts on March 1, 1987. It is a tax exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax exempt as provided by law.
Board of Directors
FRIENDS Directors are elected to three-year terms, with a maximum of two terms. The President is elected for one three-year term.
2017-2018 Board of Directors
What we do
Since 1978, FCCNS, a not-for-profit charitable organization (501 c 3), has supported the National Seashore, which operates under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. FCCNS has raised funds for specific projects within the Cape Cod National Seashore including:
Partnerships FCCNS has supported the work of other organizations located in or near the Seashore, including:
Volunteerism Friends recruits members and other volunteers to literally "preserve and protect" the Seashore. These on-going activities include:
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