The Foundation for Geauga Parks (FGP) Board of Trustees announces an opening for Executive Director to lead this organization into the next phase of growth. The full position description is available at this link. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and list of references to email@example.com. No phone calls please. The Foundation for Geauga Parks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Foundation Trustees extend their sincerest gratitude to Gretchen Faro, who has led the organization as Executive Director since July 1, 2019. Gretchen took the helm with the clear direction from the Board to build the “foundation of the Foundation,” and since that time she has worked hand-in-hand with the Board and the Associate Director of Marketing and Operations to build a solid infrastructure which supports the growing Foundation. With that infrastructure in place, the Foundation is prepared to meet the growing needs of our parks across Geauga County.
“Gretchen has been a tremendous asset and driving force behind the many accomplishments of this past year,” says FGP President Adam Henry. “We knew going in that we would only have her for a short time. In that short time she has exceeded our expectations for building a strong infrastructure to carry the Foundation far into the future; prepared to support parks and nature education programs across the county.”
“Having grown up in Geauga County, I have been honored to help the Foundation with their transition to a professional fundraising organization,” says Gretchen Faro. “After a long career in the nonprofit sector, I was pleased to help the FGP establish systems, policies, and procedures that would ensure accountability and transparency with donors, volunteers, and the county and township parks. The next director will now be able to focus on the “fun” in fundraising.”
The Foundation for Geauga Parks an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit that raises funds to support all parks in Geauga County. Established in 1990, the Foundation’s work and mission have been greatly responsible for some of Geauga County’s transformational success stories in land conservation and nature education.
FGP’s efforts provided a significant source of private funding for a variety of Geauga County's signature parks and initiatives: The West Woods, The Rookery, and Observatory Park. FGP collaborated with multiple organizations to create the Geauga Skywatchers Club targeted for children grades 6-12 with an interest in astronomy.
The Foundation is also the primary source of funding for Nature Scopes, in which all of Geauga County's 5th grade public and parochial school students participate.
In recent years FGP expanded the scope of their mission to also support Geauga County’s township parks. Our core belief is that park visitors experience the natural environment on nature’s terms, which is not only good for us as individuals, but also helps build and maintain a strong community.