The Friends of Manito Creates Endowment Fund for Manito Park

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Friday, March 10, 2023 at 10:49 a.m.

SPOKANE – The Friends of Manito is proud to announce the establishment of an endowment fund to support the ongoing preservation and care of one of Spokane’s most beloved parks.

The Friends of Manito has worked with Spokane Parks & Recreation to forge an ambitious plan to supplement public funds through private donations. They have established The Friends of Manito Fund at the Innovia Foundation to increase support for ongoing park operations, maintenance, and programming.

“Over time, with private support, the goal of the endowment will be to fund a significant portion of the annual operating costs of Manito Park,” said Kelly Brown, president of The Friends of Manito. “We aim to ensure Manito remains a world-class asset and local treasure for generations to come.”

“We are honored by the collaboration and support from The Friends of Manito, and their shared vision for a vibrant future,” said Garrett Jones, director of Parks & Recreation for the City of Spokane. “When we partner with the surrounding community and work together, our parks receive a huge benefit with lasting impact.”


Donations can be made at, or sent to:

The Friends of Manito

P.O. Box 8028

Spokane, WA 99203-0028

For more information or to discuss a gift in confidence, contact or call 509-456-8038.


With the announcement of the endowment comes a new logo and website for The Friends of Manito; it expresses their role as a pollinator for the park – planting seeds for growth and new life, and ensuring the health of the park for future generations.


About The Friends of Manito

Founded in 1990 by a group of local citizens, The Friends of Manito is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, enhancing, and celebrating Spokane’s regional treasure - Manito Park. We raise funds for park maintenance and improvement, showcase the park with annual events, and offer educational programs that inspire everyone to engage with the natural world. We do our work in partnership with the City of Spokane and with a broad community of supporters.


About City of Spokane Parks & Recreation

City of Spokane Parks and Recreation stewards nearly 120 properties across 4,000 acres of park land, including manicured parks, natural lands, aquatic centers, golf courses, sports complexes, and an arboretum. We also offer hundreds of recreation opportunities for all ages and abilities to improve the health and quality of life for our community. Enjoy all your city has to offer by visiting Follow us @SpokaneParks on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.