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Carol Stream Parks Foundation

The Carol Stream Parks Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing additional financial support for public parks and recreation programs of the Carol Stream Park District. It is managed by a board of directors who live or work locally and are passionate about providing a strong financial foundation for parks and recreation in the community.

When you make a gift to Carol Stream Parks Foundation, you are giving a lasting gift to your community. It’s a wonderful way to help improve the parks and programs you know and love, and ensure they will be there for generations to come.

Your donation helps us fund our Scholarship Program, Parks & Facility Improvements, Program Enhancements  and Green Initiatives.

Carol Stream Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving financial support for the Carol Stream Park District. All contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible. Identified donors receive a written receipt.

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Cycle the Parks Bike Tour

Join us this Spring for a leisurely bike tour through Carol Stream’s scenic and playful parks. This event is open to all ages and offers family friendly “pit stops” along the way of a self-guided mapped cycling tour. Participants start and end at Ross Ferraro Town Center. Map and souvenir item included in registration fee. Registration fees are donated to the Carol Stream Parks Foundation.

Registration deadline is May 1.

Children under 4 yrs. are free.

Register:
Adult $30 – 19344
Child $20 – 19363

 

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Creative Event Production award won by Carol Stream Parks Foundation

The National Association of Parks Foundations held an awards night November 20 to recognize the Park Foundations for their dedicated work in their communities. The Carol Stream Parks Foundation was awarded the Creative Event Production award for our annual Duck Race.

Pictured from left to right – Foundation Board Members: Craig Cronquist, Frank Parisi, Dave Creighton, Pam Falco, Donna Freeman, Cindy Carlson, Jim Reuter.

 

Yes we did it!

The Carol Stream Parks Foundation presented the Carol Stream Park District’s Board of Commissioners with a check for $1,500 to benefit the park district’s youth scholarship program at the Jan 8 Board Meeting. These funds were raised during 2017 through various fundraising events, such as the annual Duck Race, Bike Club memberships and generous donations to the Foundation.

Holding check from left to right are Pam Falco (Staff Liaison), Mike Ashby (Foundation Board), Park Board Commissioners Brenda Gramann, Tim Powers and Jackie Jeffery, Foundation Board members Amanda Vasek and Clem Malinowski. From left to right in the back are Jim Reuter (Park District Executive Director) , Craig Cronquist and Carol Floren (Foundation Board), John Jaszka, Dan Bird and Tony Del Preto (Park Board Commissioners), Dave Creighton (Foundation Board), Brian Sokolowski (Park Board Commissioner), Cindy Carlson and Frank Parisi (Foundation Board).

Parks Foundation Mission

We build and strengthen the financial resources of the District by receiving gifts, grants, bequests and endowments on the District’s behalf. Contributions from individuals and businesses are used to improve or add to existing park projects or programs, or to help fund future projects.

Financial Assistance
This ongoing program helps people suffering financial hardship afford recreation activity fees. Many kids and adults would not be able to play baseball, go to camp, learn to swim, attend the after school program, or stay active and connected if it wasn’t for this program.

Park & Facility Improvements
Adding amenities to parks and facilities adds enjoyment value for visitors, and enriches our community. Currently, scoreboards are needed for the new McCaslin and Armstrong Park baseball/softball fields. Also needed are gifts for extended trails, park benches, trees, playground replacements, and enhancements to the new recreation center.

Recreation Program Enrichment
Sports, gymnastics, dance, swim team, and any recreation program area can be improved with additional equipment, supplies, or staffing. These enhancements make the programs more effective, more fun, or more meaningful for participants. They can also help keep registration fees lower, allowing more people to join in.

Greening Initiatives
From energy efficiency to environmental restoration, additional funds are needed to help the park district “go green”, restore and protect natural areas, and educate visitors. Financial gifts or gifts of land will help create a greener environment in our community.

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Bike Club 2020 Season

The Carol Stream Parks Foundation Bike Riding Club is comprised of a group of recreational bike riders ranging in age from 17 to 72. Year 2020 will be the 7th year for the club. The club has grown each year and had 49 members in 2019. All rides will leave from the Simkus Recreation Center on the 2nd Thursday at 6pm and the 4th Saturday at 9am of each month May thru October. Make as many rides as your schedule allows.

All of our rides are on regional bike paths. Each ride will be split into two groups depending on the participants. We will offer a 1-hour leisure pace with a 10-miles maximum distance for newcomers and a 2-hour medium pace and longer distance for recreational riders. No riders are ever left behind,  everyone is given a chance to catch-up, drink and rest as a group before crossing major streets. Our riders go round-trip to destinations such as the Wheaton Farmer’s Market, downtown Glen Ellyn, st. James Forest Preserve and locations in Bartlett, Medinah, Bloomingdale, West Chicago and beyond. If interest is high, we will also offer higher performance long distance rides.

There is no experience needed but you will need a bike. Helmets are strongly encouraged. The fee for 2020 is $30 for individual riders and $45 for families. this fee is tax deductible and 100% of the proceeds goes directly to the Carol Stream  Parks Foundation. Bright fluorescent Foundation Bike Club T-shirts are available for $15 at Simkus Recreation Center and Fountain View Recreation Center.

The Carol Stream Parks Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to developing financial support for public parks, resident’s in-need and recreation programs of the Carol Stream Park District. It is managed by a board of directors who live or work locally and are passionate about providing a strong financial foundation for parks and recreation in the community.

  • Group Leaders are Carol Stream residents: Larry Driscoll, Dave Creighton,
    Steve Bishe and Steven Ravanesi.

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Your donation dollars increase if you work for a company with a matching gift program.

Carol Stream Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to improving financial support for the Carol Stream Park District. All contributions to the organization are tax deductible. Identified donors will receive a written receipt.

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Leave a Legacy

Your will is a meaningful way to make a lasting gift. Such a provision can be structured to fit your personal, family, and financial needs, and can be reviewed and revised in the future.

General Bequest
One of the most popular ways to make a charitable gift through your will, a general bequest allows you to simply leave a specific dollar amount. Example: I give $25,000 to The Carol Stream Parks Foundation, Carol Stream, IL, to be used for its exempt purposes.

Residuary Bequest
To give an organization all or a portion of an estate after debts, taxes, expenses and other bequests have been paid, a residuary bequest lets you provide specific amounts to family members or friends, and leave the remainder to Carol Stream Parks Foundation. Example: I give the rest of the property I own at my death to The Carol Stream Parks Foundation, Carol Stream, IL, to be used for its exempt purposes.

Percentage Bequest
The most flexible way to give, the size of your percentage bequest automatically changes with the size of the estate. Example: I give 20-percent of my estate to The Carol Stream Parks Foundation, Carol Stream, IL, to be used for its exempt purposes.

Contingent Bequest
A contingent bequest takes effect only if the primary intention cannot be met. Example: If (primary beneficiary) predeceases me or disclaims any interest in (description of property), I give such property to The Carol Stream Parks Foundation Inc., Carol Stream, IL, to be used for its exempt purposes.

Restricted Bequest
Any type of bequest can restricted to a specific purpose. Example: I give $50,000 to The Carol Stream Parks Foundation, Carol Stream, IL, to create a named endowment to fund financial assistance for deserving applicants.

Gift of Life Insurance
Through the Carol Stream Parks Foundation, the Foundation can become the beneficiary, or contingent beneficiary, of a life insurance policy. You retain lifetime ownership of the policy. Other options include transferring ownership to the Carol Stream Parks Foundation or purchasing a new policy with the Foundation as owner and beneficiary.

Gifts of Retirement Assets
Retirement plan assets differ from most other assets you may own. Upon your death, these assets are subject to not only an estate tax, but also an income tax. This additional tax exposure makes your retirement plan assets significantly more expensive to transfer to non-spousal beneficiaries than real estate, stocks and certain other assets. However, retirement plan assets, including IRAs, 403(B) plans, 401(K) plans and other plans, represent one of the best assets for charitable giving. Consider using retirement plan benefits to make a significant gift to Carol Stream Parks Foundation. Due to the tax treatment of these plan benefits, the cost of your gift to your estate and heirs is often relatively small.

Other Ways to Leave a Legacy
There are more ways, such as charitable trusts and gifts of real estate, to benefit both your heirs and the Foundation. Individual situations vary, so please consult your professional advisers on other ways to give. If you are considering a gift of real estate, please contact us first to be certain the Foundation is able to receive your gift.

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“For the first time, (my kids) were able to be a part of organized sports and they really enjoyed it more than I could have imagined. Their physical stamina and strength increased and they lost some weight and improved their health and fitness so much that it was noticeable even after the first year.”

– Thankful Resident

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