The City of Oaks Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and youth development organization closely aligned with Raleigh’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.


Our Mission

Keeping nature nearby for all to enjoy.

Our vision

Lives made richer by nature.

City of Oaks Foundation has helped accomplish its conservation goals. They inspire everyone to care for the city and our lands
— Nancy McFarlane, Mayor of Raleigh

Founders Circle

The Foundation benefited during our formative first year from the energy, advice and start-up funding contributed by several community leaders. We are forever indebted to our Founders’ vision and leadership.

  • Stephen Bentley
  • Kevin Brice
  • Adryon Clay
  • John Dorsey
  • Linda Edmisten
  • John Healy
  • Richard Hibbits
  • Mary Coker Joslin and William Joslin
  • Nell Joslin
  • Grayson Maughan
  • Thomas McCormick
  • Charles Meeker
  • Mack Paul
  • John Preyer
  • Charles ReCorr
  • Scott Reston
  • Franklin Roberts
  • Diane Sauer
  • Louis Wilkerson, Jr.
  • Peyton Woodson
  • Smedes York

Our Partners

Our business, government and community partners generously contribute their money, time and expertise to strengthen the Foundation and make Raleigh a better place to live, work and play. We greatly appreciate our partners!