How We Do It:
The Park Foundation solicits and accepts gifts from area individuals, businesses, and foundations for our 17 endowment funds that are designated for specific parks or programs. The income earned on those funds is distributed to the Parks Department for its designated use.
In addition, we ask for support for our Build the Future Fund which enables us to support specific projects or programs in any of the 87 parks. As unexpected opportunities arise, the Build the Future Fund gives the Park Foundation the opportunity to step in and help the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department … responding quickly when necessary.
Today, through the generosity of its donors, the Park Foundation maintains assets close to $10,000,000 in 17 separate endowment funds. The income earned on those endowed assets helps keep our parks safe, beautiful, and up-to-date. In 2017, over $400,000 was granted to the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department for various parks and park projects.
While this may seem like a lot, maintaining and improving our parks takes much more than that, and every contribution makes a difference. The Park Foundation has worked side by side with Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation to make our park system so important and special to our community. Through your support we can bring great things to our parks. We take great care in making sure that we honor all donors’ wishes and carefully steward the funds with which we are entrusted. We will continue to do so for many years to come.