About Friends of Sutter’s Fort
Friends of Sutter’s Fort is a nonprofit 501 (C) (3) organization that believes in the power of experiencing history at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park.
Every day we collaborate with California State Parks to preserve and protect historic structures and artifacts, and to engage visitors of all generations. We deliver critical funding and support necessary to provide over 50,000 students each year with educational experiences that bring history to life, because we know that when we understand our past, we can change both our present and future.
Friends of Sutter’s Fort can trace its history back to 1979, known then as the Sacramento Historic Sites Association. In 1990 the Sacramento Historic Sites Association split into several nonprofit associations – each dedicated to a specific State Historic Park in Sacramento. Our sole purpose is to support, protect and enhance Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park and its programs.
We are one of nearly 90 nonprofit organizations throughout California with a state park cooperating association contract which sets us apart from other nonprofit organizations, and allows us to partner and work side by side with California State Parks.
Since our founding, we have been dedicated to helping California State Parks bridge the funding gap between what is allocated annually to Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, and what is needed in order to restore historic structures, preserve important artifacts and provide exceptional educational programming to the nearly 50,000 students who visit the park each year.
In the last five years alone, Friends of Sutter’s Fort provided over $800,000 in funding to California State Parks for Restoration/Preservation Projects and over $200,000 to support educational programs and critically needed state park staffing. We also fund program materials, event expenses, marketing and other administrative costs to help maintain operations and improve the visitor experience.