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Your donation helps connect people across the Chicago region to nature through art, education, and wellness programs. As a nonprofit organization, Brushwood Center relies on the generosity of donors to make these programs possible. We do not receive tax dollars and are not financially affiliated with Lake County Forest Preserves. Contributions of all sizes make a big impact on our organization. Please make checks payable to Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods.

Donate by mail:
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
21850 N. Riverwoods Road 
Riverwoods, IL 60015

Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Please check with your individual tax adviser for details. Members receive perks such as discounts on program fees and invitations to special member only events for one year from the date of their donation.

Want to give a gift membership to a friend or loved one? Great! Simply add their name and address to the “Donation Dedication” section of the online form, or send a note in with your check. We will notify them by mail that a gift donation has been made.

Other Ways to Give

Make a Bequest

A gift to Brushwood Center through your will or living trust allows you to make a meaningful contribution that supports Brushwood Center’s efforts far into the future, yet costs you nothing today. See below for contact info.

Make a donation of stock, securities, or property

If you have investments that you’re thinking about divesting, consider using some to connect people with nature by donating them to Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods. Gifts of appreciated stocks, bonds, or other securities can offer financial advantages in the form of a tax deduction and savings on capital gains taxes. See below for contact info.

Donate an amount from your IRA

If you are 70½ or over, you might consider making a charitable donation to Brushwood Center directly from your IRA. Required annual distributions from your IRAs can be directly contributed to charitable organizations as tax-free donations.

For more information on these methods of donation, please contact Julia Kemerer at 224.633.2426 or by e-mail at

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