Mission & History

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide funding to preserve and enhance life and enjoyment of this community asset known as the Jordan River Parkway.

We support projects for the establishment and maintenance of a public parkway including the development of recreation, water quality, conservation, restoration and wildlife resources. We also support education and events for sharing knowledge in order to increase awareness and community experience of this 50-mile plus blue-green natural jewel within the densest urban population of Utah.

Our History

The Jordan River Foundation (originally Provo-Jordan River Parkway Foundation) was established in 1979 to assist and cooperate with state and local government in the establishment and maintenance of a public parkway along the Jordan River, for the development of recreation, water conservation, flood control, reclamation and wildlife resources, and to actively generate broad public support and community interest. In 1980 the IRS granted the Foundation 501(c)(3) status.

For over 36 years JRF has funded conservation, trail development, signage, natural areas restoration, trail and river clean ups, and education. The JRF has also functioned as a coordinating body to assist with the promotion and development of the Parkway concept and especially foot trail completion and signage.

In 2010 The Jordan River Commission was created by an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement as a new government agency to serve as a technical resource to local communities, and to provide a forum for coordination of planning, restoration, and responsible development along the Jordan River corridor. The JRC governing board consists of representatives from local governments, state agencies and other interested parties including recreation organizations; water user organizations; and other public or nongovernmental organizations. The Jordan River Foundation assisted with the creation of the JRC and became the first non-profit member of the Governing Board.

After the creation of the Jordan River Commission, the Jordan River Foundation re-focused efforts on fundraising to preserve and enhance life and enjoyment of this community asset known as the Jordan River Parkway.

Federal Tax Identification Number: 94-2674996
Corporation Registration Number: 5648383-0140
DBA (The Jordan River Foundation) Number: 8035273-0151

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