Our Mission
Our mission is to engage in protecting and restoring
the treasured natural habitats within the
outdoor experiences of all communities.

The Foundation, which is 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

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

​​Funding Priorities
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.​

​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.