Friends of Fakahatchee: Dedicated to financial and volunteer support to preserve the unique ecology and cultural heritage of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park and educate the public about its importance.
Support for the Fakahatchee
Financial support for the Friends of the Fakahatchee is critical to both maintenance and improvements to this national natural treasure. It helps us buy materials to repair the boardwalk. It buys tools and equipment, pays for services such as prescribed burning, and fuels our dreams, such as the Cypress Bend Boardwalk Expansion Project and a proposed Orchid shade house. Generous support from those who love the Fakahatchee has made the Ghost Rider tram tours a reality.
We invite you to join the Friends of Fakahatchee as a valuable member. We welcome your donations and are grateful for your generosity and support.
Why wait? Donate on-line now! Or mail your check, payable to FOF, to Friends of Fakahatchee, P.O. Box 35, Everglades City FL 34139.
If you’re more of a “hands on” individual, we can certainly use your time and talents! Whether your interests are administrative or mechanical, there is a place for you at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. You’ll meet great people and make a real contribution to efforts to maintain and enhance the park. Read more about our Volunteer Program, and get in touch. We’ll put you to work.
Friends of Fakahatchee (FOF) welcomes the opportunity to work with donors and their advisors for planned giving objectives, FOF is grateful for gifts of publicly trades securities; Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD’s) from Individual Retirement Accounts; testamentary bequests from the estate plans of our supporters.
Friends of the Fakahatchee maintains a brokerage account for the primary purpose of receiving gifts of publicly traded securities including mutual funds and exchange traded funds (ETF’s). Until such time as Friends of Fakahatchee has and maintains a managed portfolio of securities as a permanent endowment, gifts of securities will be sold upon receipt with the proceeds reinvested in cash equivalent funds.
To learn more about support for the Fakahatchee through planned giving, please call the Friends at 239-695-1023.
Annual Fund Drive
Each Fall members receive information about our annual fund drive, which seeks contributions above and beyond membership donations. Last year the members’ generosity payed for and an additional all terrain vehicle (ATV) to help Volunteers clear trails, repair bridges, remove exotic species, conduct surveys and so much more.
The park relies on all manner of equipment from road graders, tractors, grass cutters and some very large trailers. We have now reached the stage where we need to provide covered storage for the donated equipment and the Park Service’s other vehicles to protect them from the elements. This will in turn reduce annual maintenance costs, much of which is funded by FOF as part of our direct park support budget.
This year we are continuing the major project introduced in 2017: to build an approximate 6,720 square foot (70 x 96ft) open-sided pole barn in the vehicle park area to shelter the park’s precious equipment. This may seem large, but with just the equipment the park and FOF has now, 70% of its capacity would be filled. Our estimate of $50,000 for this is a bigger request than we have ever made before, but the pole barn is the top of our Park Manager’s wish list, and will have benefits for years to come. Because this target is higher than usual we are also going to seek matching funds, but we need to raise at least half from our membership. Between this and your continued generosity I am confident that we can make this happen.
You can download the giving form and mail your check or give on-line with the button below.Donate to the Annual Fund
Give to the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk Expansion Project Fund
Your generous contribution will support the renovation and expansion of our famous Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk. Your dollars will help build the visitor center providing access and unforgettable experiences for visitors to the Fakahatchee. For more details see our Projects page.Donate to the Boardwalk Expansion Fund
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