The Naperville Parks Foundation is an advocate for our parks and open spaces; established to receive and allocate charitable gifts, grants and donations; and to provide support and funding for the enjoyment of present and future generations.
The Naperville Parks Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization overseen by a 10 member Board of Directors. The Foundation serves as a conduit for people and companies to make donations which will be used to improve and enhance our parks and open spaces. The Foundation also serves as a conduit for grants from both private and governmental entities.
The Foundation works with other organizations and volunteers who are advocating for specific projects that complement the mission of the Foundation. These “specific project” improvements to our parks and open spaces are in cooperation with, and have the approval of, the Naperville Park District or other such organization. The Foundation acts as the conduit for donations to these “specific projects”, and helps the volunteers and organizations with planning and organizing these “specific project” efforts.
Our parks and open spaces are extraordinary community assets. In the past, there have been projects or improvements that could not be included due to budgetary constraints. Many times the community answered the challenge to support a specific project, organizing a community wide effort to raise the funds needed. Each time a specific project was embraced by our community, the need for an organization like the Naperville Parks Foundation became more apparent.
As a result of one such project, Naperville Park District Commissioner Ron Ory began the discussion of creating just such a foundation. Joined by current Naperville Park Commissioners Mike Reilly, Rich Janor, Kristen Young, Bill Eagan, Marie Todd and Gerry Heide, and many former Commissioners, a group of community leaders were asked to take on the task of forming a foundation.
In March 2011, the Naperville Parks Foundation was incorporated in the State of Illinois as a not for profit corporation. December 2011, the Naperville Parks Foundation and the Naperville Park District entered into an agreement between the 2 entities. In June 2012, the Naperville Parks Foundation was granted 501(c)(3) status by the IRS.
At the first meeting of the Naperville Parks Foundation Board of Directors, the Directors stated the purpose of the Foundation is to present a supportive framework to attract and organize funding for desired projects and improvements to our parks and open spaces. The Board determined it will work with other organizations and volunteers who are advocating for specific projects that will assist or complement the mission of the Foundation