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Emerald Necklace Endowment Fund

Endowment Fund Waterfall

Cleveland Metroparks established the Emerald Necklace Endowment Fund within The Cleveland Foundation to preserve the natural resources of the "Emerald Necklace" and help to provide outdoor education and recreation for generations to come. Contributions to the Emerald Necklace Endowment Fund remain in the fund and generate annual income to benefit all aspects of Cleveland Metroparks including:

  • Conserving natural resources through land and wildlife stewardship
  • Providing outdoor education for all ages
  • Facilitating recreation opportunities to foster personal wellness, health and the enjoyment of natural resources
Donors may also designate gifts within the Endowment Fund for specific purposes such as outdoor education, land acquisition, research programs, conservation projects or locations within the Park District including trailheads, overlook decks and picnic shelters. Contributions of $10,000 or more may be recognized through mutually agreed opportunities. Personalized proposals for endowment gifts to support programs or locations within Cleveland Metroparks are available by contacting Karen Kannenberg, CFRE, manager of gift and donor development at 216-635-3217 or All inquiries are confidential. 

Since it was established, the Emerald Necklace Endowment Fund has supported construction of a new picnic shelter at the Sycamore Picnic Area in Rocky River Reservation, rehabilitation of the Royalview trail system in Mill Stream Run Reservation, improvements to the Big Met golf course clubhouse and specialized trail building equipment. The Emerald Necklace Endowment Fund also supports bus transportation expenses for local students to participate in field trips throughout Cleveland Metroparks.

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Emerald Necklace Fellowship

The Emerald Necklace Fellowship recognizes and honors those who have included Cleveland Metroparks in their estate plan. Members of the Emerald Necklace Fellowship are recognized annually in the Emerald Necklace newsletter and the Gift of Nature annual report.

If you have already included Cleveland Metroparks in your estate plan, we would like to include you as part of the Emerald Necklace Fellowship. Please contact Cleveland Metroparks Manager of Gift and Donor Development at 216-635-3217 or

For more information on ways you can support Cleveland Metroparks, please contact:
Karen Kannenberg
Manager of Gift and Donor Development
Cleveland Metroparks
4101 Fulton Parkway
Cleveland, Ohio 44144