News

December 2020

In 2020 it was the foundation’s honor to give to the following worthy causes.
National Park Foundation (https://www.nationalparks.org/)
Salvation Army (https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/)
Off The Street Club (https://www.offthestreetclub.com/)
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (https://www.lls.org/)
National Breast Cancer Foundation https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/
The ALS Association https://www.als.org/
Big City Mountaineers https://www.bigcitymountaineers.org/
National Parks Arts Foundation https://www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org/
The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals https://healingphotoart.org/
United World Schools https://www.unitedworldschools.org/
Soul River https://soulriverinc.org/
Peak District National Park Foundation https://www.peakdistrictfoundation.org.uk/
The Bee Conservancy https://thebeeconservancy.org/
Outdoor Afro https://outdoorafro.com/
Crown Financial Ministries https://www.crown.org/
University of Missouri-St. Louis https://www.umsl.edu/
And we look forward to doing more in 2021!

November 2020

Kids need nature, and nature needs kids. A catchy phrase no doubt and one that we believe in for sure. But not one that we here at the foundation came up with ourselves, rather it came to us by means of the Dunes Learning Center at Indiana Dunes National Park. Spend time with your kids out in nature, be in a park, be it local, be it state, be it federal, be it near, be it far, be it in your own backyard, be it anywhere. You and they will both be enriched by it and the chances of creating for your child a cherished lifelong relationship with the natural world will be greatly increased. At the foundation we seek to have a hand in promoting and supporting such meaningful and educational opportunities for all.

Learn more about the Dunes Learning Center or perhaps better yet visit Discover the Forest to learn about opportunities near you to get kids out into nature.

October 2020

With our 501(c)(3) application approved and registration now in hand, we’ve been able to put more and more thought into the foundation’s grant application process. Chris, along with members of the Advisory Board and others, have come up with the comprehensive 5-step process diagramed below. To learn more please go to our Grants page.

September 2020

The parks and COVID. Or maybe better put, the parks and health. With Summer 2020 coming to a close and the global pandemic still ongoing, perhaps now more than ever we all need to be aware of and promote the many, as in MANY, health benefits of Ecotherapy. While the term was first coined by pastoral counselor Howard Clinebell in his 1996 book of the same name, the concept has been around, well, pretty much forever. Just ask the Japanese, they’ve been “forest bathing” their minds, bodies, and souls for centuries. But don’t take our word for it, or anybody’s really, do your own research and better yet get out into nature and go see for yourself. At the foundation we seek to promote and make such opportunities possible for all. Mask up!

August 2020

And with the stroke of a pen, it became official: Via the Great American Outdoors Act (S. 3422) the Land and Water Conservation Fund now has full, dedicated, and permanent, yes permanent, funding each year to protect important land, water, and recreation areas that benefit all Americans. A truly bipartisan victory for a truly bipartisan cause. And while not a panacea, this funding will include many of the annual maintenance needs of our National Parks.

And as it specifically relates to the foundation, helping to bridge budget gaps at our National Parks will always remain an important priority, but the passage of S. 3422 enables more of the foundation’s own endowment to be allocated towards other important priorities such as our 2045 initiative.

July 2020

We’re official! We received our 501(c)(3) approval from the IRS. Time to get to work!

June 2020

And we’re off! The foundation held its first Advisory Board Meeting via Zoom. We have an outstanding group of advisors. They bring a wealth of experience and deep knowledge to the foundation in many key areas including independent thinking, strategic giving, faith, the natural world, education, opportunity democratization, inclusion, and service to others. And we are grateful.

May 2020

Learn more about some of the work being done by Advisory Board member Dr. Joe Poston.
Click anywhere on the image below to launch the video link.