We are an independent, non-profit organization. One of the primary reasons for the foundation's existence was to provide funding mechanisms that "create significant opportunities for conservation, education, recreation and relaxation either directly or by contributions to the Geauga Park District."
We continue to honor that intent of our founders and in 2015 changed our name to Foundation for Geauga Parks to reduce confusion and highlight our independent relationship from the Geauga Park District.
Our primary purpose is philanthropic. Our donors represented the primary source of outside funding for two of Geauga County's signature parks: The West Woods and Observatory Park. We are also the primary source of funding for Nature Scopes, of which 100% of Geauga County's 5th grade students participate. We support projects and programs that align with our mission.
Our core belief is this, experiencing the natural environment on nature's terms is not only good for us as individuals, but also helps build and maintain a strong community.
We fund projects that fit into one or more of these four categories stated in our mission. While there are many ways to experience the outdoors, we place particular value on projects that preserve and conserve natural spaces for the long-term benefit of our community, while providing the opportunity to educate and celebrate our county's natural assets, character and history.