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PACT Newsletter:

 

  • PACT Newsletter February 2019

    • PAC Highlight: 2018 in Review
      • VIP Awards – Willye White Park Advisory Council
      • Seed Grants – Mozart Park Advisory Council
      • “Parks as Democracy?” Conference
    • The FOTP Tree says, “Use a project management tool to keep organized.”
  • PACT Newsletter January 2019

    • PAC Highlight: Gladstone Park Advisory Council — Working Relationships
    • PAC/PPO Resources: A Whole New Year for Fundraiser Auction Items
    • The FOTP Tree says, “Take these steps to organizational planning this new year.”
  • PACT Newsletter December 2018 

    • PAC Highlight: Willye White Park Advisory CouncilThe First Orchard In Parks
    • The FOTP Tree says, “Don’t let winter bring down your PAC or community organization. Mix and match these ideas for a winter event or two at your local park!” (New ideas added to last year’s list!)
  • PACT Newsletter November 2018

    • PAC Highlight: Buttercup PAC – How We Created our “Movies at Buttercup” Series (6 films for less than $3000)
    • FOTP Archives: FOTP & The Chicago Marathon
    • FOTP Updates: Meet FOTP’s Policy and Planning Associate
    • The FOTP Tree says, “Recognize that getting the ‘yes’ to your budget requests might require a dedicated and diligent effort.”
  • PACT Newsletter October 2018

    • PAC Highlight: Armstrong Park Advisory Council – What Makes a Great Neighborhood Park? Bronzeville residents share what they’ve learned as new PAC members
    • PAC Resources: The Park District’s PAC Webpage
    • The FOTP Tree says, “It’s not too late to start thinking about organizing a fall themed event this season.”
  • PACT Newsletter September 2018

    • PAC Highlight: Pottawattomie Park Advisory Council – 8 Tips to Help Find Sponsors for your Events
    • The FOTP Tree says, “Never, never, never, never, never, never, NEVER GIVE UP.”
  • PACT Newsletter August 2018

    • PAC Highlight: 2018 Seed Grant Recipients
    • PAC Resources: Board of Commissioner Meetings
    • FOTP Archives: Netsch’s Call for Public Input
    • The FOTP Tree says, “Outreach! Outreach! And Outreach!”
  • PACT Newsletter July 2018

    • PAC Highlight: Loyola Park Advisory Council & the Artists of the Wall Festival
    • Park Procedures: Preparing for the Annual Public Budget Hearing
    • The FOTP Tree says, “Need something? Build a strategy around individuals.”
  • PACT Newsletter June 2018

    • PAC Highlight: Wildwood Park Advisory Council
    • PAC Resources: Rollers Skates
    • FOTP Archives: New Park Board Commissioners
    • The FOTP Tree says, “Build your member and supporter network for a call to action.”
  • PACT Newsletter May 2018

    • PAC Highlight: 2018 Earth Day Shout-Outs!
    • FOTP Archives: Looking Back at Past Conferences
    • The FOTP Tree says, “Schedule your Facebook posts using Facebook’s tools.”
  • PACT Newsletter April 2018

    • PAC Highlight: Seed Grant Recipients
    • PAC/PPO Resources: The Park Advisory Council Handbook
    • The FOTP Tree says, “Sometimes you just have to try something else.”
  • PACT Newsletter March 2018

    • PAC Highlight: Burnside Park Advisory Council
    • PAC/PPO Resources: Free Flyer Making via Canva
    • FOTP Archives: Seed Grant Funds
    • The FOTP Tree says, ‘Follow the [grant] instructions.”
  • PACT Newsletter February 2018

    • PAC Highlight: Avalon Park Advisory Council
    • Resources: The Community Law Project
    • The FOTP Tree says, “Add these items to every meeting agenda!”
  • PACT Newsletter January 2018

    • PAC Highlight: 2017 in Review, with VIP Award winner Hamilton Park Advisory Council
    • FOTP Archives: The History of the Park Advisory Council System
    • The FOTP Tree says, “Follow these basic best-practices of grant writing.”
  • PACT Newsletter December 2017

    • PAC Highlight: Unity Park Advisory Council
    • PAC Resources: Whole Foods
    • FOTP Archives: Seed Grants
    • The FOTP Tree says, “Winter is an opportunity!”
  • PACT Newsletter November 2017

    • PAC Highlight: Euclid Park Advisory Council
    • Park News: Work Orders
    • State Procedures: How to Become a Nonprofit
    • The FOTP Tree says, “Put it in writing.”
  • PACT Newsletter October 2017

    • PAC Highlight: South Lakeview Park Advisory Council – How we Brought Back our Concert Series
    • PAC/PPO Resources: The Field Museum’s Chicago Community Climate Action Toolkit
    • FOTP Archives:  The 2014-2015 VIP Awards Reception
    • The FOTP Tree says, “Engage, entice, and excite!”
  • PACT Newsletter September 2017

    • PAC Highlight: Interview with Nichols Park Advisory Council president, Stephanie Franklin
    • PAC/PPO Resources: Forefronts Free Grant & Foundation Library
    • FOTP Archives:  The PAC Network & Non-profit Vocabulary
  • PACT Newsletter August 2017

    • PAC Highlight: Athletic Field Park Advisory Council
    • FOTP Archives: The Chicago Park District Consent Decree
  • PACT Newsletter July 2017

    • PAC Highlight: Friends of Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse
    • PAC/PPO Resources: Three Groups that Work with PACs (Friends of the Parks, Chicago Parks Foundation & Chicago Park District)
    • The FOTP Tree says, “Use an old fashioned phone tree!”
  • PACT Newsletter June 2017

    • PAC Highlight: Grand Crossing Park Advisory Council – Park Advocacy by Choice
  • PACT Newsletter May 2017

    • Park Partner Highlight: Shaping Bessemer Park – The Bessemer Park Advisory Council Story
    • FOTP Archives: Tours and Conferences Galore
    • FOTP News: Announcing New Staff!
  • PACT Newsletter April 2017

    • PAC Highlight: Dunham Park Advisory Council
    • FOTP Archives: Earth Day 1990
    • FOTP Archives: Netsch’s Call for Public Input
    • The FOTP Tree says, “Outreach! Outreach! Outreach!”
  • PACT Newsletter March 2017

    • PACs 101: A History Lesson & Where we are Now. Learn why PACs were formed and what has changed in recent years. (Many of you have noticed!)
    • FOTP Archives: Conference in 1987 & 2017. Read more about the conference that laid the foundation for our exciting, June conference!
    • The FOTP Tree says, “Don’t forget your allies!”
  • PACT Newsletter January 2017

    • Park Partner Highlight: Clarendon Park Advisory Council & the Clarendon Park Centennial
    • PAC Resources: Chain Stores & Whole Foods Market
    • FOTP Archives: Neighborhood Parks Greening Initiative & Seed Grant Funds
    • Board of Commissioners Meeting Updates: November & December 2016
  • PACT Newsletter November 2016

    • PAC Highlights: Friends’ VIP Awards and the Brown Park Advisory Board
    • PAC Resources: Board of Commissioners Meetings
    • FOTP Archives: Seed Grant Funds
    • The FOTP Tree says, “Let’s plan ahead for winter fun!”
  • PACT Newsletter October 2016

    • PAC Highlight: Friends of Holstein Park – Focusing on Family Learning
    • FOTP Archives: FOTP & The Chicago Marathon
    • The FOTP Tree says, “Present monthly treasury reports.”
  • PACT Newsletter September 2016

    • PAC Highlight: MONDOG, the Montrose Dog Beach PAC – learn more about Dog Friendly Areas (DFAs) and the commitment these groups make to their DFA and Park District
    • FOTP Archives: Great Lakes Beach Sweep
    • The FOTP Tree says, “Take advantage of grant writing workshops.”
  • PACT Newsletter August 2016

    • PAC Highlight: Ping Tom Park Advisory Council – Ping Tom Park, 50 Years in the Making
    • Chicago Tribune Archives: A Little history Behind Park District’s “Governance” of PACs
    • The FOTP Tree says, “Document everything.”
  • PACT Newsletter July 2016

    • PAC Highlight: Garfield Park Advisory Council
    • FOTP Archives: The origins of the Chicago Plays! Program
    • The FOTP Tree says, “Check out this advice inspired by our special guest presenters and attendees at the last PAC Quarterly Networking Meeting.”
  • PACT Newsletter June 2016

    • PAC Highlight: Ogden Park Advisory Council
    • PAC News: The 411 on how to share your budget requests with the Park District
    • FOTP Archives: A look back into the 2008
    • The FOTP Tree says, “There are some commonalities of fundraising, grant writing, and budget requests.”
  • PAC Newsletter May 2016

    • PAC Highlight: Horner Park Advisory Council
    • State Procedures: How to Become a Not-for-Profit Organization
    • FOTP Archives: Park Spruce-Up
    • The FOTP Tree says, “Put it in writing.”
  • PACT Newsletter April 2016

    • PAC Highlight: Stanton Park Advisory Council
    • Park Procedures: The Park Enhancement Committee
    • FOTP Archives: The Independence of PACs
  • PACT Newsletter March 2016

    • PAC Highlight: McKinley Park Advisory Council
    • PAC Resources: Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners Meetings
    • FOTP Archives: Park Advisory Councils in the 1980’s
    • The FOTP Tree Says. “Fundraising can be fun!”
  • PACT Newsletter February 2016

    • PAC Highlight: La Villita Park Advisory Council
    • Park News: Work Orders
    • FOTP Archives: Earth Day 1992
    • The FOTP Tree says, “It’s grant time!”
  • PACT Newsletter January 2016

    • PAC Highlight: Jackson Park Advisory Council
    • PAC Resources: How STAPLES might be a PAC resource
    • FOTP Archives: A little history on the Park Advocacy Conference
  • PACT Newsletter December 2015

    • PAC Highlight: The West Ridge Nature Preserve Advisory Council
    • PAC Resources: The Field Museum
    • The FOTP Tree says, “Here are some challenges you may encounter when brainstorming and possible solutions.”
  • PACT Newsletter November 2015

    • FOTP & PAC Highlights: The 2014 & 2015 VIP Awardees, the Bradley/Pine Park Advisory Council, Palmisano Park Advisory Council, and the Don Nash Park Advisory Council
    • PAC Resources: Elevate Energy
    • FOTP Archives: Volunteer Awardees
    • The FOTP Tree says, “Before the first snow hits, you can think about how your PAC or park partner can engage residents in the outdoors during the wintertime.”
  • PACT Newsletter October 2015

    • PAC Highlights: Summer memories from Brown PAB, Logan Square Dog Park Committee, Palmisano PAC, and West Ridge Nature Preserve PAC
    • FOTP Archives: Jackson Park
    • FOTP News: Extra! Extra! Our New Executive Director has arrived!
  • PACT Newsletter September 2015

    • PAC Highlight: Elm Park Advisory Council – Taking Back Our Park
    • CPD Archives: McGuane Park
    • The FOTP Tree says, “Here’s some food for thought when tackling your rewarding volunteer endeavors.”
  • PACT Newsletter August 2015

    • PAC Highlight: Bell Park Advisory Council
    • CPD Staff Shout-out: Coach Reggie Orr, Harrison Park
    • FOTP Archives: Dvorak Park
    • The FOTP Tree says, “For events, it is possible to obtain donations and sponsorship through your local chain grocery store.”

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