Elk Grove Parks Foundation

The Elk Grove Parks Foundation was formed as a Charitable Corporation to provide means for individuals and Corporations to make tax deductible donations to an organization which supports parks and recreation, in particular, the Elk Grove Park District. The Foundation will support parks and recreation not typically supported by property taxes. Parks and recreation is an important asset to the community, providing activities and services for all ages. It is well documented that communities with an excellent park district have lower adolescent crime rates and increased property values.

Our Mission

The Elk Grove Parks Foundation is dedicated to supporting safe and innovative parks and recreational opportunities for the Elk Grove Park District.


Recent Grants

Here is a listing of grants awarded by the Elk Grove Parks Foundation and used toward the funding, enhancement and/or preservation of parks and recreational activities in Elk Grove Village.

  • $1,000 to support Medical Exhibit at Elk Grove Historical Museum
  • New poker table for Sheila Ray Adult Center
  • Computer software upgrade for Adult Center Computer Lab
  • Dinosaur dig fossils for new playground at Hattendorf Center
  • Audubon Skate Park gaming system and flat screen televisions
  • Teen Programming gaming and video systems
  • Adult Center gaming system and recovered pool tables
  • $10,000 in Recreation Scholarships
  • New hockey nets for Mead and Audubon Inline Rinks
  • Pirates' Cove Fun Stage sound system
  • Junior golf clubs for the Fox Run Golf Links Jr. Golf Program
  • A petting zoo for the 2009 Little Boots Rodeo event
  • Permanent displays for the Olmstead Nature Shack


Fundraising Events

Each year the Parks Foundation hosts events to benefit the scholarship fund. The proceeds from these events go directly to support at risk Elk Grove resident families. The scholarships provide full to partial funding for recreational programs for these families in need. In 2016 the events included Pirates' Cove Camp Out, Bunco and a Spin-O-Thon. Foundation members and volunteers create and participate in the events.

$10,000 has been raised in the 2016 events and went directly to the scholarship fund. Your participation in Foundation fundraisers is greatly appreciated.

2017 has the Pirates' Cove Camp Out and a fundraiser with Carson's coupon books. The Foundation members and volunteers create and participate in the events.


Ways to Contribute

The simplest way to contribute to the Elk Grove Park District is through cash gifts to the Elk Grove Parks Foundation. Creative gifts of assets can also include stocks, bonds, real estate, and personal property.

Making Donations

Each Elk Grove Park District seasonal brochure contains a donation area on the registration page in the back of the brochure. You may also use the online registration system, to make your donation. Your gift gives you the satisfaction of supporting work to preserve and enhance our parkland, natural resources, and historic sites. Depending on the arrangements you choose, you can also:

  • Reduce your income taxes
  • Avoid capital gains tax
  • Retain payments for life
  • Achieve no-cost, worry-free asset management
  • Increase your disposable income

Contributions

Creative gifts of assets can also include stocks, bonds, real estate, and personal property.

Various forms of requests to the Elk Grove Parks Foundation can be used that will give your estate a charitable deduction and guarantee that your legacy lives on in our community's park system. Life-income gifts, such as gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, and pooled income funds, can provide you with an income stream, significant tax savings, and the satisfaction of supplying our parks with vital long-term resources.

You may consider using retirement plan benefits to make a significant gift to Elk Grove Village parks through the Elk Grove Parks Foundation. The cost of your gift to your estate and heirs is often relatively small.

Two types of life insurance can be donated to the Elk Grove Parks Foundation for the benefit of our cherished parks: existing or paid-up whole and universal life insurance policies, and newly issued whole and universal life insurance policies.

Contributions can be mailed to:
Elk Grove Parks Foundation
499 Biesterfield Road
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

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Scholarship Awards


Elk Grove Youth Committee Scholarship

The Elk Grove Youth Committee, in partnership with the Village of Elk Grove and the Elk Grove Parks Foundation issue three $1,000 awards to recognize High School Seniors for their outstanding leadership, community participation, and service in the community.

Applications for the 2018 Youth Committee Scholarship are available for download or at the Pavilion, Hattendorf and Administration Buildings front desks in February 2018.

The Parks Foundation each year awards $10,000 in Scholarships to at risk Elk Grove resident families for their recreational needs. The money is raised through Foundation special events and private donations. If you or your neighbor could use help in paying for preschool, Kid's Club, swim lessons or just about anything the District offers please contact us. The financial assistance we offer is based upon your financial documentation. Contact Jeff Collier at 847 228-3487 to see if you qualify.

Youth Committee Scholarship Application

Frank J. Czarnik Memorial College Scholarship

Frank J. Czarnik was a special person to the Elk Grove community. He was a devoted public servant dearly remembered for his great sense of humor and his tremendous love of baseball and softball. The Frank J. Czarnik Memorial College Scholarship is available in the amount of $1,000. Six $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to residents of Elk Grove Village.


Board of Directors

The Elk Grove Parks Foundation Board of Directors serves as the decision makers for the Foundation. The President of the Elk Grove Parks Foundation would personally like to thank all the people who have volunteered and donated to the Parks Foundation.

The Elk Grove Parks Foundation Board of Directors serves as the decision-makers for the Foundation

  • Tom Cooke-President
  • Leigh Ferstein-Vice President
  • Diane Malinowski-Secretary
  • Kelly Carbon-Treasurer
  • Bob Biedke-Director
  • Executive Committee: Shannon Elsey, Steve Larson, Claire Naughton, Kathy Lydon, Maureen McAbee, Tom Busby, Pam Skubal & Jeff Collier

President's Corner

Tom Cooke, President, of the Elk Grove Parks Foundation, would personally like to thank all the people who have volunteered and donated to the Parks Foundation. Your thoughtfulness and generosity will help benefit the Residents of Elk Grove Village and enable us to continue our many services.The Parks Foundation is looking for volunteers. Get involved with your park system by contributing your time to the various endeavors initiated by the Foundation.

Call (847) 228-3512 to confirm the time and location of Foundation meetings. Your involvement will be greatly appreciated by the community as a whole.


Contact the Parks Foundation

For further information on our Park Needs and Donation Opportunities, please contact us at:
Elk Grove Parks Foundation
499 Biesterfield Road
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Phone: (847) 228-3512
Email: foundation@elkgroveparks.org