Conserve. Educate. Enjoy.
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 do this by encouraging and administering private gifts to further the Forest Preserves’ mission and goals.
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.
By 2017, the Foundation approached the $1 million mark in grantmaking. In 2018, granted a total of $317,705, reaching a lifetime total of grants in excess of $1.3 million. With grants awarded in the spring of 2019, total Foundation grants to support the Preserves topped $1.5 million.
The funds we grant go to support opportunities for families and children from a diversity of backgrounds to enjoy the Forest Preserves. Foundation grants underwrite youth conservation leadership programs, nature art and nature play installations, and capital improvements that welcome and engage visitors to the Preserves.
Since its inception in 2012, the Foundation has granted more than $1.5 million to support programs that ease youth and family access to the wonders of the Forest Preserves of Cook County and provide innovative and educational programming.