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General Preservation Foundation FAQs

Questions & Answers

Q: Is my gift tax-deductible?

YES! All gifts to the Preservation Foundation, the charitable partner of the Lake County Forest Preserves, are tax-deductible.

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Q: Where can I install my gift?

Gifts are usually placed along our existing trails, or in areas that our staff determines are accessible for general maintenance. Locations will be chosen during an on-site consultation with staff, who provide placement suggestions that fit both the donor’s interests and the Forest Preserve’s needs. Please contact Katherine Hart at 847-968-3438 or to schedule a consultation at your preferred preserve.

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Q: What if my bench is vandalized, or needs repair?

We encourage donors to contact us immediately. Staff will conduct an assessment to determine the next steps for repair, or replacement, if necessary.

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Q: Do I have to pay all at once?

No. Donors have the option to make a down payment toward their gift and pay the balance over two years. Installation will begin after the initial payment is received; however, we reserve the right to remove your commemorative plaque if the balance is not paid during the agreed upon timeframe.

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Q: What is the character limit on the plaques?

There is no character limit on plaques. Please keep in mind that our maintenance on the plaques is limited. They are designed to age naturally, and over time, small text will become difficult to read. Staff can provide examples of plaque designs and show you examples in the field during your consultation.

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