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The Preservation Foundation is the charitable partner of the Lake County Forest Preserves.

As an independent 501c3 charity, the Preservation Foundation accepts gifts at every level to help the Forest Preserves do more.

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Give, Naturally

Meet Foundation Board President, Nels Leutwiler

Through his role as president, Nels Leutwiler spends a great deal of his time advocating for the Lake County Forest Preserves. “Through private philanthropy, the Foundation is able to accelerate the agency’s strategic goals and priorities,” he said. "Donations to the Foundation help to preserve and restore Lake County's natural lands and cultural resources in perpetuity.” 

Throughout 2020, forest preserves across Lake County experienced record high usage levels as people turned to nature as an escape. Leutwiler, who grew up in Lake Forest enjoying Captain Daniel Wright Woods, has been interested in environmental protection for years and is a lifelong supporter of open lands. 

Learn more about Nels Leutiwiler in this Daily Herald article, and explore giving opportunities here.


Putting Donations to Good Use

The Preservation Foundation extends and accelerates the Forest Preserves mission.

100% of your gift supports project and programs that would otherwise be impossible or take many years to complete.

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Latest News

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