chicago parks foundation’s

Partnership for Parks:
Fiscal Partnership for Advisory Councils

What is a fiscal partnership?

A fiscal partnership allows a nonprofit organization to extend the benefits of our tax-exempt status to groups engaged in projects related to the nonprofit’s mission.


  • Free Fifth Third Bank account

  • Use of CPF’s 501c3 status to fundraise for tax deductible gifts for park projects

  • Use of sales tax exemption on park project purchases

  • Collaborative workshops & networking opportunities

  • Resources & e-newsletter

  • Administrative support



All are welcome! The Chicago Parks Foundation’s Partnership for Parks Program is now extended to all Chicago Park District Park Advisory Councils, Dog Park Advisory Councils, and Community Garden Advisory Councils.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. You do not need to be a newly formed Advisory Council to join our program. The Chicago Parks Foundation also provides services to Advisory Councils who have their own 501c3 status.

Join Us!

To learn more and get started, contact:

Sonia Horvath
Outreach & Fiscal Partnership Coordinator
(773) 505-9737



Park Advisory Councils (PACs) are voluntary groups of individuals who meet regularly to support the effective functioning of their local parks. Advisory Councils can also be formed for Chicago Park District dog parks and community gardens.

PACs promote ways for the community to better utilize the Chicago Park District's programs and facilities. They raise awareness of park projects, communicate with the Park District, help find alternative funding sources for park enhancement, and host events and activities. Their work is essential! Search a full list of existing PACs here.


For Our Park Partners

As a member of our Partnership for Parks program, we grant you access to this portal of tools and resources.

This is a password protected page. Please contact us if you need assistance.