Mill Creek considering merging fundraising groups


After hearing the advice of a fundraising group for another park system, Mill Creek MetroParks’ nonprofit organizations are discussing their own future efforts and whether those should be more closely coordinated.

Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens – the group that supports the MetroParks’ botanical gardens – and the Mill Creek Park Foundation, along with invited MetroParks board and staff members, met privately Tuesday at the Raymond John Wean Foundation with a representative from Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park to learn how it bolstered its fundraising efforts over the past several years by consolidating its fundraising groups.

Friends and the park foundation have been in talks over the past few months about how they can work more closely together to avoid overlaps that now exist in their operations.

Representatives from both groups have not denied the possibility of a merger, but say it’s far from decided.

Several people who attended the presentation described it as helpful.

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