Friends of the Forest Preserve District

Be a Friend to Your DuPage Forest Preserves

The Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County advances the vision of the Forest Preserve District through philanthropic endeavors. Gifts from numerous individuals, companies and organizations help the Forest Preserve District carry out its mission of maintaining and sustaining nearly 26,000 acres, which include more than 60 forest preserves, 166 miles of trails, 30 lakes and six education centers. 

We are grateful you're reflecting on the forest preserves and your experiences by connecting a gift to a preserve that's had an effect on you. We believe in the joy of giving. Let us help you make a contribution today or plan your giving objectives in the future. 

Choose What Your Donation Supports

Discover ways to contribute to the DuPage forest preserves and identify which options work best for your goals. Gifts of any amount are always welcomed and valued.

Give to the Greatest Needs 
Your gift, without restrictions, will be used to meet the greatest needs in the forest preserves or to sustain the general operations of the organization. To make an online donation, click the green button.

Donate to Greatest Needs

Support Master Plan Projects & Initiatives 
Your gift will be used to advance the master plan, including improvements at Willowbrook Wildlife Center, restoration of Mayslake Peabody Estate's exterior, habitat restoration in the preserves, and green-energy initiatives. To make an online donation, click the green button.

Donate to the Master Plan Projects


Ways to Give

Your generosity sustains DuPage forest preserves and inspires the work we do to make them extraordinary places to visit. A gift to the Friends of the Forest Preserve District is tax-deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 

Methods

Gifts of Cash

Gifts of Cash

A gift of cash is the simplest, most convenient option and qualifies for the maximum allowable tax deduction. You can donate with your credit card, or with cash, check or credit. Call the development office at 630-871-6400 if you wish to make your donation over the phone.

Gifts of Appreciated Securities

Gifts of Appreciated Securities

Gifts of appreciated stocks and bonds allow you to deduct the current market value as a charitable deduction for the fair-market value of the stock.

Life Insurance

Life Insurance

A gift of life insurance allows you to make a generous gift at relatively low cost. By designating the Friends as a beneficiary of your policy, you receive an immediate tax deduction and eliminate the proceeds of the policy from your estate. All premium payments thereafter will also be tax-deductible, subject to IRS limitations. You can also transfer ownership of a paid-up policy or donate your insurance policy dividends.

Matching Gifts

Matching Gifts

Some businesses match gifts from an employee or the employee's spouse, doubling or tripling the value of the donation. To maximize the benefit, check with your employer about matching-gift programs, and contact the Friends if you need any documentation.

Amazon Smile Foundation

Amazon Smile Foundation

Choose the Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County as your beneficiary charity when you shop Amazon.com, and the Amazon Smile Foundation will contribute 0.5% of your purchase to the foundation.

Community Partners Program

Community Partners Program

This program is designed for individuals, organizations, clubs and businesses interested in giving back and enhancing the quality of life for all DuPage residents. Align your mission and values with recognition opportunities based on your level of generosity. Discover more at our Community Partners page.


Ambassadors Circle 

With your tax-deductible donation of $100 or more, you'll become a part of the Friends Ambassadors Circle, which offers recognition (if desired) and forest preserve experiences based on your level of support.

Ambassadors Circle Levels

Friend $100 – $249

Friend $100 – $249

  • Subscription to The Conservationist magazine
  • Subscription to the Friends e-newsletter
  • Recognition (name) in the Friends annual report and on web page
  • Invitation to the Friends annual meeting

Guardian $250 – $499

Guardian $250 – $499

  • Subscription to The Conservationist magazine
  • Subscription to the Friends e-newsletter
  • Recognition (name) in the Friends’ annual report and on web page
  • Invitation to the Friends annual meeting
  • Admission to the Friends hospitality tent at the Fall Festival at Danada

Steward $500 – $1,999

Steward $500 – $1,999

  • Subscription to The Conservationist magazine
  • Subscription to the Friends e-newsletter
  • Recognition in The Conservationist
  • Recognition (name) in the Friends annual report and on web page
  • Invitation to the Friends’ annual meeting
  • Engraved leaf (by request for tribute gifts) on the donor tree at Forest Preserve District headquarters
  • Admission to the Friends hospitality tent at the Fall Festival at Danada

Benefactor $2,000 – $3,499

Benefactor $2,000 – $3,499

  • Subscription to The Conservationist magazine
  • Subscription to the Friends e-newsletter
  • Recognition in The Conservationist
  • Recognition (name) in the Friends annual report and on web page
  • Invitation to the Friends annual meeting
  • Engraved leaf (by request for tribute gifts) on the donor tree at Forest Preserve District headquarters
  • Admission to the Friends hospitality tent at the Fall Festival at Danada
  • Invitations to special programs, including behind-the-scenes tours

Visionary $3,500 – $4,999

Visionary $3,500 – $4,999

  • Subscription to The Conservationist magazine
  • Subscription to the Friends e-newsletter
  • Recognition in The Conservationist
  • Recognition (logo) in the Friends annual report and on web page
  • Invitation to the Friends annual meeting
  • Engraved leaf (by request for tribute gifts) on the donor tree at Forest Preserve District headquarters
  • Admission to the Friends hospitality tent at the Fall Festival at Danada
  • Invitations to special programs, including behind-the-scenes tours
  • Recognition at Friend’ events and in publicity (for corporate partners)
  • Invitation to annual corporate and community partners’ breakfast

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, view our recent annual report.


Planned Giving

The Friends invites you to leave your own meaningful mark on the DuPage forest preserves by including the foundation in your will. You can change your bequest or trust designation at any time.

If you are interested in a planned gift, we'd advise you to speak to your personal tax and financial advisor and potentially your legal counsel about its benefits. You may also contact the Forest Preserve District's partnership and philanthropy office at 630-871-6400.

Planning Ahead

Gifts by Will or Bequest

Gifts by Will or Bequest

Gifts by will or bequest are not subject to estate or inheritance taxes, so you can ensure your testamentary gift will have the maximum benefit for the forest preserves. You can contribute a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your assets or the remainder of your estate.

Gifts from Retirement Plans

Gifts from Retirement Plans

Consider naming the Friends as a beneficiary of your IRA or other retirement plan. If you are of a certain age and do not need your entire IRA income, you can take advantage of the charitable rollover provision, which allows annual tax-free charitable gifts of up to $100,000 per person directly from qualified IRAs. The distributions will count toward your annual required minimum, but you will not be taxed for the income you transfer, which can help lower the amount you own in taxes.

Establishing an Endowment

Establishing an Endowment

By establishing an endowment, you can be assured your charitable intentions will be followed for generations to come. Distributions from this type of permanent fund can provide substantial annual support for DuPage forest preserves in perpetuity.

 

Questions?

Contact the Forest Preserve District’s Partnership and Philanthropy office at 630-871-6400 or fundraising@dupageforest.org.   



Special Thanks to Our Community Partners

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Thank You to Our Special Event Sponsors

Ace Hardware

The Conservation Foundation

The Davey Tree Expert Company

Galusha Farm

Daniel Hebreard and Family

Red Oak Disposal Services

Rice Lake Square

Stantec

J Umlauf Design LLC

Wheaton Lions Club

Wight & Company