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Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

The Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, advances the vision of the Forest Preserve District through philanthropic endeavors. The money it collects through its fundraising efforts helps the District manage the county's prairies, woodlands and wetlands and offer educational and recreational activities countywide.

For more information about the Friends, contact the Fundraising & Development office at 630-933-7097 or 


Choose What Your Donation Supports

Help Us Restore Mayslake 
Mayslake Peabody Estate is a thriving community space for cultural history, art and theater. Your support will help Mayslake Peabody Estate remain a beautiful place to experience popular cultural programs and historic architecture.

Support Restoration at Mayslake 

Help Us Help Wildlife
Willowbrook Wildlife Center is gearing up for its busiest time of year — the baby wildlife season — when it will receive an influx of abandoned and injured newborn and young animals. These animals are brought in by residents who know the center will be there to help, and we count on your support. 

Donate to Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Give to the Greatest Needs
You can ask the Friends to use the money where it's needed most in DuPage forest preserves.

Donate to Greatest Needs 

Ways to Give

You can make a tax-deductible gift one of several ways.

  • Give by cash. Please drop off at Forest Preserve District headquarters or mail to Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, 3S580 Naperville Road, Wheaton, IL 60189.
  • Give by check. Make your check payable to Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, designate in the memo line where you would like to designate your gift and mail to 3S580 Naperville Road, Wheaton, IL 60189.
  • Give by credit card. Please call Fundraising & Development at 630-933-7097 or make your gift at any time online.
  • Give by stock, recurring gift, payroll deduction, or bequest (planned gift). For assistance with setting up a gift or questions, please contact Fundraising & Development at 630-933-7097 or
  • Give in-kind through a donated item, supplies or a piece for our collections. Please contact the Friends first before dropping off any gifts. All contributions need to be vetted through staff before acceptance, per our Gift Acceptance Policy.


Friends' Ambassadors Circle

With your tax-deductible donation of $100 or more, you'll become a part of the Friends of the Forest Preserve District's Ambassadors Circle, which offers wonderful forest preserve experiences and benefits based on your level of support. 

Donors who contribute $100 or more in one year automatically become part of this exclusive group, which receives special recognition, offers and updates as well as invitations to Ambassadors Circle-only programs, experiences and receptions.

Benefits Friend Guardian Steward Benefactor Visionary
  $100 – $249 $250 – $499 $500 – $1,499 $1,500 – 3,499 $3,500 and Above

Special gift


Recognition in the annual report

Subscription to The Conservationist magazine  •  •
Subscription to the Friends e-newsletter
Ticket to the hospitality area at Family Field Day in May  
Ticket to the hospitality area at the Danada Fall Festival in October   • 
Invitations to exclusive programs, lectures, tours, hikes and sneak previews not open to the general public    1 4 6
Engraved leaf on the donor tree at at Forest Preserve District headquarters     •  • 
Invitations to donor-appreciation programs     •  • 
Private tour for four of a forest preserve habitat restoration or building project       •  • 
Customized naturalist-led expedition for four at a forest preserve         • 

The Friends accepts financial and in-kind donations from individuals, corporations and groups that support DuPage forest preserves, programs and projects. For a complete listing of our annual donors and completed projects, download our recent annual report (PDF).


Forms 990-EZ

We take pride in our financial stewardship of the funds entrusted to us by our donors, not-for-profit organizations and other constituents. Copies of our independent auditor reports can be obtained at

2017 Form 990-EZ (PDF)
2016 Form 990-EZ (PDF)
2015 Form 990-EZ (PDF)
2014 Form 990-EZ (PDF)
2013 Form 990-EZ (PDF)


Contact the Forest Preserve District’s Fundraising & Development office at 630-933-7097 or   

Make an Impact

Please choose the way in which you would like to support the work of the Friends today!