Five Rivers MetroParks Foundation
Enriching parks and programs through private support
The Five Rivers MetroParks Foundation, established in 2014, was created to provide Five Rivers MetroParks with a 501(c)(3) entity for securing philanthropic funding for special projects, programming and endowment.
The foundation provides a way for donors to support Five Rivers MetroParks with charitable contributions that will support all of our parks or one specific park. Donations also can be directed to support our educational and recreational services, as well as conservation initiatives.
The foundation is led by a volunteer board committed to the mission, master plan and strategic plan for Five Rivers MetroParks.
Ways to Support Us
- Individual Donations & Planned Giving
Protecting the region’s natural heritage and providing outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature is the mission of Five Rivers MetroParks. You can support this mission and your favorite MetroPark by making a donation to Five Rivers MetroParks Foundation. Donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible.
- Tribute Program
Honor a special person in your life by making a donation to the Five Rivers MetroParks Foundation. This option makes a perfect holiday gift or a way to commemorate a wedding, anniversary, birthday, graduation, retirement or other special event. We will send an acknowledgment of your gift to you as well as to the honoree or designated contact person.
Sponsorships create an opportunity to increase your company’s visibility within the community in a positive way. Parks, facilities and programs are available for sponsorships.
- Champions Program
The Champions Program is the easiest way to support the Foundation. Your gift continues automatically from month-to-month with an online recurring donation.
- Access to Nature Scholarship
The Access to Nature Scholarship provides financial assistance for qualified children and adults who want to participate in fee-based MetroParks’ programs and camps.
We are grateful for the support of:
Friends of Carriage Hill Farm
A volunteer nonprofit group, the Friends are dedicated to bringing life to the living historical farm. Nothing can replace the enthusiasm brought to the site by volunteers. The Friends are financed through donations and fundraising activities. Money is distributed to support programs and restoration projects at Carriage Hill MetroPark. Donations are accepted in cash or by check made out to Friends of Carriage Hill.
The James M. Cox, Jr. Arboretum Foundation
The James M. Cox, Jr. Arboretum Foundation was created 50+ years ago by a small group of community activists who were passionate about preserving the Dayton area’s undeveloped land. Today the foundation supports educational, scientific, civic, and cultural programs and activities relating to the advancement of arboriculture, horticulture and related fields by providing support for the Cox Arboretum as a free arboretum/museum for the benefit of the general public.
Wegerzyn Gardens Foundation
The Wegerzyn Gardens Foundation is dedicated to supporting the educational and horticultural programs at and continued development of Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark. We do this primarily by conducting fundraising activities and offering a membership program, in addition to other sources of income.