Make a Donation to the Forest Preserve Foundation

The Forest Preserve Foundation is pleased to offer individuals and businesses a variety of opportunities to support the Forest Preserves of Cook County beyond the capacity of tax dollars. Your donation goes a long way in supporting the education, nature protection, and access programs that provide healthy and meaningful experiences in nature for our communities. The Foundation is 501(c)(3) non profit organization, and all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law

Please choose how you would like to direct your gift from the options below.

Questions? Please call 312.603.8348 or email

Grant Programs - Support the Foundations' mission and give where it's needed most. Your support will benefit nature protection, education and community development programs in the preserves across Cook County. Tribute gifts made in someone's honor are available. 

I Love My Preserve - Choose a specific preserve or nature center to receive your gift. Your support will benefit nature protection, trail maintenance, education, and other initiatives at that site. Tribute gifts made in someone's honor are available. 

Tree and Bench Dedication - Honor a special person or occasion by dedicating a tree or bench in the preserves.

Young Professionals Association - Support the events and initiatives of the Foundation's Young Professionals Association.

Conservation Cup - The Foundation's biggest event of the year! Sponsor the event, attend dinner, or purchase your raffle tickets and cheats for charity.

Mission Critical Gifts - Nature does the inviting. We just bring the guests. Make your end of year donation to nature. 


Types of Gifts

Gifts may be made in several different forms, including cash, check, and credit card. Every gift, regardless of its size, sends a strong message that you are committed to ensuring a future for our natural areas. Please explore the following options and don’t hesitate to contact us with questions at 312.603.8349 or email

Cash Gifts Contributions made by check, cash or credit card are tax deductible in the calendar year the donation is made. Please make all checks payable to Forest Preserve Foundation. If you would like to make a donation by credit card, you can use this online portal or make your donation by phone at 312.603.8348. We accept Mastercard and Visa.

Matching Gifts - Many employers give generously to nonprofit institutions by matching employees’ charitable contributions. If you or your spouse work(s) for a company that matches gifts, you may be able to double or triple your contribution!  Please contact your Human Resources Department to determine if your company will match and obtain the appropriate matching gift form. You may include this form with your gift or mail it to us at a later time. We will take over from there. Please feel free to call or email us with any questions or for further assistance.

Gifts in Kind - Gift In Kind donations are tangible goods and services donated to the foundation that can provide the donor with a tax deduction for the fair market value of the item. Before offering Gifts In Kind, please contact us to determine our ability to use the specific item.

Gifts of Stock - A gift of appreciated securities is an easy and mutually beneficial giving opportunity for individuals who wish to make a charitable contribution to the Forest Preserve Foundation and minimize capital gains taxes on secutirities that have appreciated significantly in value.  Contact The Forest Preserve Foundation for more information. 

Planned Gifts - Through a planned gift to the Forest Preserve Foundation, you have the opportunity to support the Foundation and receive lifetime benefits important to your financial future. Planned gifts include charitable gift annuities, bequests, and gifts of retirement plan assets and other assets. Bequests of all sizes help to build the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

For more information about the gift opportunities mentioned and their benefits, contact:

Shelley Davis
President and Executive Director
Forest Preserve Foundation
69 W. Washington, Suite 2040
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 603-8349


Forest Preserve Foundation
69 W. Washington Street., Suite 2040 | Chicago, IL 60602
P: 312-603-8348

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