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Thursday, October 17 • 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Chicago Off-Site Session: Chicago River Restoration and Access Site Visit

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Join funders and grantees on a boat tour to learn about a unique collaboration led by family foundations and other partners to improve water quality and riparian habitat, and to increase public access to the Chicago and Calumet Rivers.  Less heralded than our famous lakefront, these long-neglected waterways were once vital transportation corridors for what grew into a global metropolis.  In recent years, the rivers have been the focus for a transformation effort to become a vital recreational resource and economic development engine.  In 2013, the Chi-Cal Rivers Fund was formed by local foundations and corporate funders, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, to pool philanthropic resources for ambitious restoration projects along the two rivers. The program is just one example of collaborative efforts spearheaded by family foundations across the Midwest.

Designed by the 2019 National Forum Host Committee, this experience will offer Forum participants the chance to learn more about effective and ongoing philanthropic collaborations in Greater Chicago. These will be small group experiences - each limited to 25-30 participants.

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David Farren

Executive Director, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation
David Farren is the Executive Director of the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation. David assumed leadership of the foundation in January 2013. For 20 years prior he worked with the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), where he led major legislative, litigation and agency policy... Read More →
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Margaret Frisbie

Executive Director, Friends of the Chicago River
Margaret Frisbie is executive director of Friends of the Chicago River, the only organization exclusively dedicated to improving and protecting the Chicago River system. Appointed to her position in 2005, Frisbie has been working to improve water quality for the Chicago River system... Read More →
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Aislinn Gauchay

Program Director, Great Lakes, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation/Chi-Cal Rivers Fund
Aislinn Gauchay is the Program Director, Great Lakes at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and supports the Chi-Cal Rivers Fund. The Chi-Cal Rivers Fund is a public-private partnership working to restore the health, vitality and accessibility of the waterways in the Chicago... Read More →

Thursday October 17, 2019 2:00pm - 5:30pm