FOREST PRESERVE FOUNDATION INC

Nature does the inviting. We just bring the guests.

Chicago, IL   |  www.forestpreservefoundation.org

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

2013

President and Executive Director

Debra Walker Johnson

Main address

69 W Washington Ave Suite 2040

Chicago, IL 60602 USA

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EIN

26-2497213

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (C12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

To protect and restore the treasured natural habitats of the Forest Preserves of Cook County, and to enhance the outdoor experiences of all communities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Conservation Corps

The goal of Conservation Corps programs is to accomplish habitat restoration goals while providing teens with employment experience, science education, and self-esteem enriching experiences.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults

Keeping the 70,000 acres of the Forest Preserves of Cook County ecologically healthy is a Foundation priority. A healthy ecosystem benefits everyone. The Preserves provide natural habitats of many animals and plants. They aid with stormwater management. And all trees in the Preserves help improve our air quality.

To maintain our public lands takes many people—Preserves staff, volunteer stewards, Conservation Corps crews and hired contractors.

The Foundation supports this vital work by raising funds to supplement ongoing restoration projects in the Preserves. These efforts make the Forest Preserves more vibrant, resilient and welcoming for everyone.

Population(s) Served

The Foundation seeks to make sure everyone has access to the Forest Preserves of Cook County. We raise funds that support Nature Play areas, public nature-based art and camp gear libraries.

Population(s) Served
Families

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Elevate the profile of the Forest Preserves through innovative and nature-centric efforts that educate and engage the public about the Forest Preserves and amplify the mission of the Forest Preserve Foundation.
Raise funds from committed private donors and supporters and increase the amount and size of philanthropic gifts received annually.
Support high-impact and high-quality programs and initiatives that provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn about, appreciate, and participate in the conservation of nature throughout Cook County.

Pursue grants from local foundations for both general operating and program-specific needs.
Cultivate and solicit individual donors to contribute to general operating and program-specific initiatives.
Increase the size and giving capacity of the Forest Preserve Foundation Board of Directors.
Increase the size of the overall donor base by introducing the Forest Preserve Foundation to a wider, more diverse audience.

A recently completed three-year Strategic Plan lays out the resources we will harness to fulfill organizational goals. The Foundation will: Continue to engage with organizations that provide Forest Preserves-based work opportunities to young people.
Strengthen strategic partnerships within the conservation and environmental education community.
Identify and champion innovative opportunities to broaden access to the Forest Preserves for all.

Increased annually its grantmaking in three core program areas.
Devised communications annd outreach strategies to b etter engage the public and stakeholders about the Foundation's mission and goals.
Increased the number of directors on its board, which brought in new talents and resources

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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FOREST PRESERVE FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 10/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. James Beck

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/18/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female

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