OUR MISSION

We provide leadership, foster partnerships, increase awareness, and raise funds — serving as a catalyst to power passion and support for regional projects that expand and restore natural spaces, enhance outdoor recreation and learning opportunities, and promote conservation. We connect people of all ages and backgrounds to nature by collaborating with other organizations who share a common vision of healthy environments that provide a variety of outdoor recreation and education opportunities. Driven by our clear purpose, we challenge ourselves to seek and take on partner projects offering exceptional and long-term impact requiring a regional approach and creative funding.

Assistance for Regional Parks

Conservation Credits

Conservation Youth Corps

Easter Lake North Shore Development

Environmental Education Programs

Friends of Easter Lake Park

Friends of Jester Park

Horse Inspired Wellness

ICON Water Trails

Nature Pass Program

PCC Internship Program

School Bus Scholarships

Sleepy Hollow Sports Park

Stewards of Brown’s Woods

Water Quality Advocacy

Restore Natural Spaces

Environmental Conservation

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Foster Outdoor Recreation

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Build Passion for Nature

Health, Education & Wellness

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OUR VALUE

There’s nothing quite like the power in numbers. Any one of us has the potential to make an impact, but when we stand together, that influence is multiplied exponentially. At the Great Outdoors Foundation, we’ve seen firsthand how collaborative generosity can change the landscape of a community.

Because of our faithful partners, donors and supporters, we collectively invested more than $700,000 in 2021 Polk County Conservation initiatives alone. No single person accomplished that — it was in our numbers that we were able to support programs and projects that elevate conservation and outdoor recreation in our region.

On average, Great Outdoors Foundation supporters give just $250 annually. If you do the math, that’s a lot of people contributing to the success of our mission! It’s truly inspiring when you consider the way our community comes together around a common cause.

This is the heart of our new Conservation Circle. Regardless of the amount you choose to contribute, we want you to be confident in the impact of your dollars. With one streamlined program for both individuals and corporations, our Conservation Circle allows us to leverage the most impact out of your dollar and develop a mutually beneficial relationship in which you or your organization provide input and receive report of measurable benefits we’ve come to expect in the modern philanthropic era.

As our organization continues to grow, it’s impossible not to reflect on all that we — that means you too — have been able to accomplish. We invite you to take this next step and look forward to where this journey takes us next.

Jen Cross
Vice President of Donor Relations

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CONSERVATION CIRCLE

· Opportunity to receive monthly newsletter
· Recognition in the Great Outdoors Foundation Annual Report
· Supports all Great Outdoors Foundation initiatives and partners

· Twenty-five (25) openings available
· One (1) table at Great Outdoors Foundation Annual Dinner*
· One (1) foursome at Great Outdoors Foundation Golf Outing*
· Supports all Great Outdoors Foundation initiatives and partners
· Opportunity to receive monthly newsletter
· Opportunity for recognition on the Great Outdoors Foundation website
· Recognition in the Great Outdoors Foundation Annual Report

· Ten (10) openings available
· One (1) table at Great Outdoors Foundation Annual Dinner*
· One (1) foursome at Great Outdoors Foundation Golf Outing*
· Supports all Great Outdoors Foundation initiatives and partners
· Opportunity to receive monthly newsletter
· Opportunity for recognition on the Great Outdoors Foundation website
· Recognition in the Great Outdoors Foundation Annual Report
· Additional tailored marketing benefits available upon request

· Five (5) openings available
· Two (2) tables at Great Outdoors Foundation Annual Dinner*
· One (1) foursome at Great Outdoors Foundation Golf Outing*
· Supports all Great Outdoors Foundation initiatives and partners
· Opportunity to receive monthly newsletter
· Opportunity for recognition on the Great Outdoors Foundation website
· Recognition in the Great Outdoors Foundation Annual Report
· Additional tailored marketing benefits available upon request

· Three (3) openings available
· Two or three (2-3) tables at Great Outdoors Foundation Annual Dinner*
· Two (2) foursomes at Great Outdoors Foundation Golf Outing*
· Supports all Great Outdoors Foundaiton initiatives and can
become the “title sponsor” of any of the following programs: Nature Pass, Upstream Downstream, Horse Inspired Wellness, others as requested
· If through CSR/ESG, can provide reporting mechanisms
· Opportunity to receive monthly newsletter
· Opportunity for recognition on the Great Outdoors Foundation website
· Recognition in the Great Outdoors Foundation Annual Report
· Additional tailored marketing benefits available upon request

For more information or to become a member of the Conservation Circle, contact Jen Cross, Vice President of Donor Relations at jen@greatoutdoorsfoundation.org or (515) 452-0024. 

OUR INVESTORS

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