Our mission is to engage in protecting and restoring the treasured natural habitats of the Forest Preserves of Cook County and to enhance the outdoor experiences of all communities.
We will do this by encouraging and administering private gifts to further the Forest Preserves’ mission and goals.
The Foundation adopted its first strategic plan in September, 2015 to help guide its growth and impact. Read our 2016 Annual Report.
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Founded in 2006, the Forest Preserve Foundation began with the belief that philanthropic giving could best supplement tax dollars that support the visionary goals of the Forest Preserves of Cook County.
In 2012, the Foundation actively started raising private funds, hosting the first Conservation Cup, its annual golf benefit. That year the Foundation granted $3,500 to the Forest Preserves.
In 2016, the Foundation awarded nearly $250,000 to support opportunities that allow families and children from a diversity of backgrounds to enjoy the forest preserves. Over its lifetime, the Foundation has granted in excess of half a million dollars toward its primary goal: increasing access for all to the Cook County Forest Preserves.
The Foundation provides grants to support programs that 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.