Community Foundation of Northern Illinois awards grant to the Natural Land Institute

“The Natural Land Institute has been awarded a grant of $8,500 by the Bengt and Mary Kuller Endowment Fund of the Community Needs Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois,” Jerry Paulson, executive director for NLI said.

According to Paulson, the grant will be used for their “Adventure with Nature” urban education project. “This is a continuation of the program we started last year as part of the America in Bloom project in our office neighborhood,” Paulson said.

The grant will allow NLI to hire a part-time assistant to help with outreach to a greater diversity of children and families in the community to get them involved with hands-on learning about nature and conservation. They will continue to work with local groups, churches and schools to expand the reach of nature education.

The Natural Land Institute was founded by George Fell in 1958 as a land conservation organization. They have helped preserve morer than 12,000 acres of natural lands in northern Illinois. The nature education efforts, which also include opportunities for volunteer service in helping to preserve natural areas, have reached about 600 people a year in the last three years, mostly in Winnebago and Boone County. Jack Cook is the president of the Board of Directors.

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is a public charity that grows and manages charitable assets for distribution to nonprofit organizations and programs serving the northern Illinois region. The Foundation evaluates and helps coordinate needs with services, so that charitable gifts are used effectively to address our community’s most critical needs. Since its founding in 1953, the Community Foundation has given more than $31 million in grants to community projects and organizations.

From the Sept. 20-26, 2006, issue

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