the Foundation's work
Our mission is to engage in protecting and restoring the treasured natural habitats within the Forest Preserves of Cook County and to enhance the outdoor experiences of all communities.
The Foundation, an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, encourages and administers private gifts to further the Forest Preserves of Cook County's mission and goals. The Foundation adopted its first strategic plan in September, 2015 to help guide its growth and impact over the next two years. The 2015 Annual Report can be viewed here.
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The Foundation provides grants to support programs which increase access to the forest preserves for a greater diversity of visitors and deepen their awareness, appreciation and commitment to the health of the preserves. Our funding priorities align with the directives of the Forest Preserves of Cook County's Centennial Campaign Plan and Next Century Conservation Plan, which outline the Preserves' goals and strategies for conserving natural habitats over the next 25 years.
The Forest Preserve Foundation focuses on the PRIORITIES of the Forest Preserves of Cook County and deliver PROGRAMS that enrich the lives of all PEOPLE in all of our communities by building a strong base of PARTNERS and supporters. Our leadership is committed to securing the resources required for these efforts.