Our mission is to support the protection and restoration of native habitats within the Forest Preserves of Cook County and work to connect all residents, especially youth, with this great natural resource.

The Foundation, which is its own 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, works to raise funds to enable the developing and launching of programs that are otherwise beyond the capacity of tax dollars.  By developing partnerships with individual donors, foundations and corporations, we protect native biological diversity, build public awareness and enhance outdoor experiences for present and future generations of Cook County residents. 

Contributions to the Forest Preserve Foundation are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Watch a video about the Forest Preserve Foundation to learn more about its impact in Cook County.

Funding Priorities
The Foundation is committed to making the Forest Preserves more accessible to a diversity of youth, families and communities by supporting innovative programs and deepening strategic partnerships. We support programs in the Forest Preserves that: a) engage children, families, teachers and community leaders; b) improve safety and inclusiveness for all visitors through accessibility, way-finding and gateway-improvements; and c) ease transportation costs for schools and community organizations traveling to the Preserves.

All of these priorities align with the directives of the Forest Preserves District of Cook County's Centennial Campaign Plan and Next Century Conservation Plan.

Programs Supported by the Forest Preserve Foundation

Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

The Forest Preserve Foundation believes that the diversity of our principal constituency, the residents of Cook County, Illinois, is a fundamental strength of our community.  Our inclusive culture extends to valuing the diversity of backgrounds and experiences of our volunteers, employees, and business and community partners.

We believe our mission to improve the quality of life for the residents of Cook County, by protecting native biological species and enhancing outdoor experiences for present and future generations of residents, is best fulfilled when we embrace diversity as a value and a practice. 

Therefore, it is the Foundation’s commitment that the composition of our organization reflect the diversity and demographics of the community being served, and should include diversity among its leadership at the board and staff.  As well, the Foundation encourages grant-applicants to make diversity and inclusion an important goal of their organization.