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Designated & Endowment Funds


The Barber Habitat Restoration Fund

This fund was created in 2014 to ensure the continued health of the Nature Center’s diverse habitats and sustain its status as a National Environmental Education Study Area and an Audubon Important Bird Area. The Barber family established the fund to honor their mother, Kathleen Barber, who devoted herself to the Freeway Fight and served as a founding trustee of the Nature Center. Donations to the Barber Habitat Restoration Fund will be used to fund the comprehensive habitat restoration activities that have been envisioned as part of our capital campaign to restore and enhance our outdoor classroom.

The Jean Eakin Fund

Established in Jean’s memory, this fund is designated for bird education, research, and habitat enhancement. Since its establishment in 2008, the Jean Eakin fund has continued to ensure that thousands of visitors have the opportunity to view birds in their natural surroundings.

The Jenny Goldman Fund

The Jenny Goldman Fund was established in memory of Jenny Goldman, a young naturalist and devoted volunteer to the Nature Center.  Jenny’s wondrous spirit and joy for nature live on through this vital fund that underwrites the Environmental Educator in Residence program that provides environmental education for underserved youth.

The Endowment Fund

Early supporters of the Nature Center had the foresight to create the Shaker Lakes Regional Nature Center Endowment Foundation to establish consistent funding and long-term security for the Nature Center. Donations to the Endowment Foundation are strategically invested by its Board, which allocates annually a percentage of the revenue from those investments to the Nature Center for daily operations, guaranteeing a source of income each year. Generally, bequests, and other designated gifts are placed in the Endowment Fund. Donations to the Endowment Foundation remain a living legacy, ensuring that the Nature Center will exist into perpetuity.

Contact Robert Sikora, Chief Development Officer, at (216) 321-5935, ext. 223 or sikora@shakerlakes.org for more information.