How You Can Help

How You Can Help

The FRPA Foundation supports the professional development and education of leisure professionals, students and citizen advocates. Your donation, either through a direct gift or the donation or bidding of an auction item, helps the Foundation achieve this goal.


Donations are received throughout the year to help fund different leadership and educational opportunities. The Donor Program Levels are listed below.

Navel                                  $1-99
Valencia                             $100-249
Tangelo                              $250-499
Bird of Paradise                $500-999
Orchid                          $1,000-1,999
Gardenia                      $2,000-2,999
Azalea                          $3,000-3,999
Oleander                      $4,000-4,999
Washington Palm       $5,000-9,999
Royal Palm              $10,000-19,999
Coconut Palm         $20,000-29,999
Sabal Palm              $30,000-49,999

Click to make an Online Donation or download the Donation Form for more information or to make your contribution.

United Way     

Write in "Florida Recreation and Park Association Foundation" on your United Way annual campaign forms to ensure the Foundation will benefit from your giving!


Julia Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund 
Julia Thompson Jones was passionate about leadership and dedicated to assuring parks and recreation was forever available in communities across our Country.  When serving as President-Elect of FRPA in 1996-97 Julia began working on the creation of an educational journey that would assure generations of leaders in the parks and recreation industry were prepared for assuming executive level leadership positions.  She believed this was the cornerstone of any effort to increase recognition of the value, impact, and importance of parks and recreation.

She often was heard speaking of the impact leaders and mentors had on her individually.  One such mentor was Joe Abrahams, former Director of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department.  He was a friend and a resource for her.  His passing during her work developing the Academy, presented the opportunity for the Academy to be named in honor of a great leader in our field.

Julia’s continued efforts culminated in the creation of the Academy for Leadership Excellence, an intensive educational endeavor to prepare future generations of leaders to serve our industry.  She continued to serve the Academy as Lead Faculty, alongside her dear friend Karen Palus, until 2012 when both left Florida to continue their service outside the State of Florida.

Upon Julia’s passing, a group of her Florida friends out a desire to forever honor their friendship, and memorialize Julia and her contributions to our field, approached and received the blessing of Julia’s family to create the Julia Jones Memorial Scholarship.  The program will provide funding assistance to parks and recreation professionals wishing to attend the Academy. 

“Julia was the consummate professional, and her passion and dedication were evident to anyone around her.  Of paramount importance to Julia was developing leaders in our field.  She was committed to preparing professionals to assume those leadership roles.  The creation of the Julia Jones Memorial Scholarship program will assure those efforts are memorialized in her honor.” said Karen Palus.

FRPA Executive Director Eleanor Warmack commented, “Julia’s passion was contagious.  Whatever she had gleaned from her mentors she paid forward one hundred times greater.  She had the spirit of a teacher and the generous commitment of her time to develop and instruct at the Academy has and will continue to leave a legacy of individuals who share her dedication to our field.  Julia would be humbled and honored to have her name attached with one of her mentors, to the Academy.”

Donations to the Julia Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund can be made online, making sure to note in memory of Julia Jones; OR

By completing the donor form, marking “Julia”, and returning it to the FRPA Foundation, 2528 Barrington Cir, #1, Tallahassee, FL 32308.  Donors wishing to annually contribute can make one-time donations, or may request their annual donations to the FRPA Foundation be earmarked to this scholarship program.



Legacy Program


Create a legacy of support to the FRPA Foundation with a planned gift. When you make a planned gift to the Foundation you have the satisfaction of knowing your gift will help further the work of Park and Recreation professionals throughout the state. For more information on planned giving and bequests, please contact the FRPA Executive Office or go to the Legacy Program page. Gift and fund acceptance policies are available upon request.

Donate Your Birthday


Donate your birthday on Facebook so that your friends can give to the FRPA Foundation for your birthday!


You can also volunteer by joining a Foundation Subcommittee or helping at Conference and Statewide Workshops.

Participation is the Key to Success.

Silent Auction 


The FRPA Silent Auction takes place in August on Facebook through the FRPA Foundation Facebook page.