AT NO COST TO YOU, GET FUNDING FOR Lake Forest Open Lands Association WHEN YOU:
Buy a Home / Sell a Home / Lease Commercial Property

Buying and selling real estate and leasing commercial space can help preserve our physical heritage for future generations.

Lake Forest Open Lands Association (LFOLA) has been the driving force behind the conservation of 6 nature preserves in Chicago’s north shore that encompass diverse ecologies including prairie, wetland, savanna, ravine, woodland, and riparian environments. As a member of Investing In Communities®, Lake Forest Open Lands Association can receive funding as a result of any real estate transaction – home sales, home purchases, or commercial leases. Already $1,175 has been raised. As more supporters use this platform before engaging an agent, LFOLA will  have more funds for their mission.

For more than half a century Lake Forest Open Lands Association has worked to preserve  lands that are part of special ecosystems, benefiting current and future residents of the area. LFOLA provides diverse programming that includes educational, volunteer, and a broad range of year-round recreational opportunities for citizens of all ages. 

LFOLA engages residents through various events and environmental education. From Writing Nature’s Way to Bagpipes & Bonfires, from Mellody Farm Nature Preserve (not the shopping center!) to beebuzz, LFOLA is in the business of safeguarding increasingly precious lands and educating both young and old about them. Programs include:

  • The Center for Conservation Leadership, empowering with both a deeper understanding of land stewardship and the leadership skills to engage others in monitoring and improving the health of the land for future generations;
  • Come Back to Camp, a great way for families and people of all ages to enjoy classic camp activities, like making s’mores around a campfire;
  • Conservation Explorers, an outdoor camp for conservation-minded eighth-graders;
  • Eco-Crew, providing opportunities for people to get fresh air and exercise, while working alongside others to remove invasive plants; and
  • Education Volunteers, training adults to lead small groups of elementary and high school students. The small group experience provides enhanced learning opportunities that wouldn’t be possible without trained volunteers.

Your Purchase, Sale, or Lease Can Help Safeguard Important Ecosystems in Illinois

At no cost to themselves, anyone who cares about walking through the woods with a dog, cross-country skiing, birding and other outdoor activities can turn virtually any brokered real estate transaction into funding for Lake Forest Open Lands Association. For example, the purchase or sale of a $300,000 home can result in about $1,300 of free funding. Support their mission by using IIC’s free platform to make arrangements with an agent you already have in mind. Or use IIC to find and choose among real estate agents that are appropriate for the specifics of your residential or commercial real estate needs. Ready to start?


Location: Lake Forest, Illinois

Focus Area: Education, Environment

Budget: $1 million - $5 million

Total IIC Funding:

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As a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, Lake Forest Open Lands Association is eligible to receive at least 70% of the referral fee when you use Investing In Communities (IIC) to sign up with ANY real estate broker to handle your residential or commercial property transaction. Referral fees are a common expense paid by brokers only to other brokers for much desired referrals. As a licensed broker with a charitable mission, IIC is able to accept referral fees and pass most of those funds to your charity of choice - at no cost to you.
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