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A memorial gift is a meaningful way to remember someone who has passed on. Memorial gifts may be sent to “Friends of the Smokies,” P.O. Box 1660, Kodak, TN 37764-7660.
**Please indicate who is being remembered, as well as who should be notified of the memorial gift (e.g., a surviving spouse, parent, or child), along with a mailing address for that individual.
To make a memorial gift online, click here.
Many people choose to send gifts in honor of special people — everyone from family members celebrating a birthday to a couple getting married or celebrating a big anniversary. These tribute gifts may be sent to “Friends of the Smokies,” P.O. Box 1660, Kodak, TN 37764-7660.
**Please indicate who is being honored and where to send a notification of the gift.
To make an honorarium gift online, click here.
We invite you to be part of The 1934 Society as one of our most loyal Friends. Visionary leaders recognized the extraordinary features of the Smoky Mountains and championed the movement to create Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1934. Today, Friends of the Smokies honors the distinguished group of donors who, year after year, help protect, preserve, and enhance this national treasure that belongs to us all.
To join The 1934 Society, click here.
Around the world, corporations, foundations and associations match their employees’ charitable donations, sometimes for as much as twice the original gift. Matching gift programs vary by company, so please check with your human resources office to obtain a matching gift form and send the completed form to Friends of the Smokies, P.O. Box 1660, Kodak, TN 37764-7660.
Your time is just as valuable as any monetary contribution. For more information on volunteer opportunities with Friends of the Smokies and other Park Partners, visit our volunteer page.
For more information about bequests, trusts, and other common methods of planned giving, please contact Sarah Weeks at (800) 845-5665. Each inquiry is handled confidentially and places you under no obligation.
A gift of appreciated stock can provide much-needed support for Friends of the Smokies, while also lowering your taxes. To find out how to give a gift of appreciated stock, please contact Sarah Weeks at (800) 845-5665.
Restaurants donate food for special events. Computer consultants help manage our hardware and software. Artists, bed and breakfasts, bookstores, outfitters, and many others offer their products and services as items for our annual fundraising auctions. To discuss the possibilities, please call Lauren Gass at (800) 845-5665
“Hello. I just wanted to send you folks a line to let you know how much my husband and I enjoy driving the Cades Cove loop. We live in big Stone Gap Va. and every time we go through we always donate at the last box at the end of the loop, and we have seen many many cars go by these boxes and never stop. We think that the trip through the cove is priceless and every car should make a donation even if its just a small one. The beauty is just breath taking there, and I just cannot put into words the awe and wonder of it all. We was there earlier in May this year and saw six bears. As I said before, it’s just simply priceless. Thank you.” – Gary and Paula D.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the only major national park without an entrance fee. Most other national parks charge $10 to $30 per vehicle. We believe the Smokies experience is worth a whole lot more! On your next visit to the park, please consider a donation – even just a few pennies or a few dollars will help support visitor facilities, trails, wildlife conservation, historic preservation, and education programs. Donation boxes are located at all of the park’s visitor centers, as well as several outdoor locations, including Cades Cove, Cataloochee Valley, and Newfound Gap.
Whichever way you choose to give, thank you for helping to preserve and protect Great Smoky Mountains National Park!