Community & Business Partnerships


Community engagement is key to our ability to protect and preserve our park today and tomorrow. This means that we must work hard to promote our conservation values among visitors and locals. We do this through a variety of programs and events throughout the year. 
Each of our programs and events offers your business the opportunity to get involved as an official partner/sponsor. Together, we plan our outreach with the community to get your brand the most traction for its involvement - and to showcase your philanthropic commitment. Here are some of the opportunities for your business to partner with the Friends:

Sponsor An Event: The Beach-to-Beach Power Swim (May), Paddle the Park (November), Earth Day (April) and Folklife Festival (February) are all great events for gaining brand recognition on St. John. Each event has a unique target audience, season and series of promotional/media opportunities.

Partner for a Project: The Friends has a suite of projects and programs that it manages on an annual basis at the request of the park. These programs help ensure our that park offers rich interpretative programs, and that our historic sites, trails and beaches are safe and accessible. Visit "Our Work" to see our current programs. Due to the hurricanes of September 2017 we are conducting restoration projects, some of which need the help of our business community to complete.

Become An Affinity Partner: Our Affinity Partners are our business partners on-the-ground. These businesses offer discounts to Friends members, donate a percentage of their sales to the Friends, and/or have other fundraising strategies built into their business model so that they know they are giving back to the park that gives so much! 

Villas for the Park: Once a year (November-December) the Friends hosts an online auction full of weekly accomodations donated by villa/hotel/b&b owners. This event raises the profile of the accomodations available on St. John - and shows the world that we are united in our shared commitment to protect and preserve Virgin Islands National Park. Advertised to our 3,000+ member network, the auction offers great publicity! Click to see the 2017-2018 Villas for the Park event.


Without the generous support of our partners both in the community and beyond we would not be able to do the important work that keeps our Virgin Islands National Park thriving for visitors and residents alike.

As we work to rebuild after hurricanes Irma and Maria we are seeking new and renewed partnerships. Please contact Tonia Lovejoy, our Development Director at tlovejoy@friendsvinp.org to learn more.

Our Community Partners

National Park Service
Rotary Club of St. John USVI
VI Audobon St. John
Coral Bay Community Council
St. John Community Foundation
National Park Foundation
Maritime Foundation
Oncell

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