Parks & Recreation, Park Foundations

Management of park adopters, supporters and volunteers requires a database to manage and schedule one-time and ongoing volunteers. Park foundations use GivePulse for project management, scheduling, event submission, membership applications and tracking data, all under one central platform.

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One Time Groups and Individual Registration

Volunteers that come in for one-time corporate engagements (volunteer time off), service related groups and clubs, or individual volunteerism, may access and register for opportunities without crowding the existing database and schedules with ongoing volunteers.

  • Group Registration
    There are many park events and opportunities where large groups will need to register themselves in bulk. We allow group leaders to bulk register their whole team to an event, and most importantly manage and update over time who cancels or add new registrants for the group.
  • Group Reservation
    There are instances where group leads will want to reserve a certain number of available openings but may not know exactly who will fill the headcount. Administrators on GivePulse can reserve a shift or a certain number of spots for the group leader to fill at another time.
  • Custom fields
    Select from existing fields (e.g., tshirt size, gender, phone number) or create new ones that meet your Park needs, e.g., You can add fields to capture data on which Tools are needed or questions like why they want to volunteer?

Project Submissions

Enable the community to submit events and project ideas for your approval. Edit events, update them, and assign membership roles as needed. Once it’s approved, you may publish the project to begin registering volunteers.

  • Submission
    You can enable park adopters, the community or individuals to submit park project ideas for you to review, update and publish.
  • Review, Edit and Approval
    When there are submissions, the opportunities are placed in a review process where modifications and edits occur. Depending on who all the stakeholders are, there may be additional people who need to edit and approve what is submitted before publishing.

Adopt-a-Park, Friends-of-Parks

Do more with your applications by digitizing them and using their data to paint a clearer picture of your current pursuits.

  • Digital Applications
    Digitize the application so you may manage and let multiple stakeholders review and approve the individual(s) to oversee the park. Once they are approved, you now have a database used to oversee which parks are available for adoption as well as their current points of contact.
  • Subgroups & Portals
    Enable each Adopt-a-Park or Friend of Park to have its own group page overseen under your umbrella. Each subgroup can have multiple admins, create events and manage volunteers all under one hierarchy.


By tracking data from impacts and surveys, GivePulse offers a robust database for organizers and administrators to determine What is working in their organizations and what needs more attention.

  • Parks & Activity
    We help park managers and their foundations track all activity for individual parks, regions of parks, or all parks. Configure the layout of your Management pages and use custom fields to track data that is most relevant to your project.
  • Mobile
    Our mobile-friendly site and downloadable iPhone App enables admins to track volunteers who show up without registering and appends data into the Database for you to later review.
  • Online or Offline
    If you have poor reception or have no internet access, GivePulse works with or without internet (laptop or mobile) in the most remote parks and centers to enable your managers and clock-in attendants to “sign-in” people anywhere anytime so data can remain synchronized.

Making a center, workspace and activity safe, clean and welcoming

It's imperative that all centers, programs and initiatives have procedures and ongoing tasks in place to protect the health and safety of volunteers, donors, clients and members of the community. Coordinators and admins who are prepared can publish or list opportunities for virtual experiences or the COVID-19 option here.

  • Wipe Down Center
    It is uncertain how long coronavirus can last on surfaces (for this and other information, see the WHO FAQs: In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus for those in your center, wipe it down with alcohol-based disinfectants both before and after it is in use. If you are using a tablet for volunteer check-in, make sure to sanitize it regularly. If volunteers or employees are using shared computers or tools, make sure they wash their hands regularly, use hand sanitizer, and wipe down their stations before and after use as well.
  • Tools & Supplies Clean-up
    It is also recommended the organization ensures all tools (laptops, tablets, phones, supplies and stationary) be wiped or cleaned per usage or activity. At the same time, individuals and groups who are committed to a program or activity should double check their workspace and tools are cleaned to protect their own safety and health.
  • Provide Disinfectant Wipes and Hand Sanitizing Solutions
    Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are almost as effective as hand-washing (although we always recommend that volunteers, employees, and clients wash their hands for at least 20 seconds as often as possible). Provide this to anyone engaging in your organization’s space to avoid transmission of the virus. In addition, provide disinfectant wipes so that any droplets containing the virus can be removed before individuals touch surfaces.

Volunteer Preparation

It's imperative that all volunteers, donors and individuals who anticipate interacting with others either physically distance themselves or ensure that they are healthy, capable and willing. Individuals who meet these health requirements can get involved now here.

  • Wash Hands and Be Clean
    The CDC recommends that you wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, particularly after sneezing or coughing, when caring for the sick, before, after, and during food preparation, before eating, after use of toilets, when hands are visibly dirty, and after handling animals. Washing hands often and thoroughly (for at least 20 seconds) will help to prevent the spread of the virus, both to yourself and others. Avoid touching your face. If you cannot wash your hands, frequently use an alcohol-based hand rub/sanitizer.
  • Cover Coughs and Sneezes
    Always cover your coughs and sneezes with your inner elbow or a tissue (if into a tissue, please dispose immediately and wash your hands). Droplets can spread the virus; good respiratory hygiene helps to protect those around you from the potential spread of the virus. This is particularly true given that droplets can remain on surfaces long after you have left, leaving all those who come into contact vulnerable.
  • Physical (also known as Social) Distancing
    Maintaining six feet of physical distance can prevent the spread of virus, as this is how far droplets travel after a cough or a sneeze. Physical distance can protect you and those around you alike. Note: while this has been referred to as social distancing, increasingly the term physical distancing is being preferred, as social connection is of particular importance at this time.