CONSERVATION AND PRESERVATION
Conservation. Preservation. Education.
Protecting Jekyll Island
The Jekyll Island Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation established in 1999 for the purpose of assisting with the conservation, education and historic preservation efforts on Jekyll Island. An independent board of directors governs the Foundation and currently consists of 22 members with an advisory board of 10 members.
Jekyll Island, purchased by the State of Georgia in 1947, is a state park managed by the Jekyll Island Authority, subject to oversight by the Governor and state legislature. As a quasi-public agency that is mandated to be self-funding, the Jekyll Island Authority is limited in its ability to devote the resources necessary to ensure that the island’s unique character is preserved and enhanced.
The Jekyll Island Foundation was founded to address this limitation by identifying and funding projects that improve and protect public enjoyment of the island. It is the Foundation’s intent to pursue projects and activities which support the 2014 Master Plan of the Authority. The focus of the Foundation is on initiatives related to conservation, preservation, and the development of educational programming to enhance the public interaction with the island.
A Foundation success story unfolded when hundreds of supporters of Jekyll Island participated in the Jekyll Island Foundation’s successful $3 million capital campaign to create the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center’s (GSTC) sea turtle rehabilitation, research and education programs have increased awareness of habitat and wildlife conservation challenges, promoted responsibility for the ecosystem and empowered individuals to act locally, regionally and globally to protect the environment. Additionally, this project, which blended conservation, historic restoration, and public education in a dynamic and exciting project, has added a fascinating new attraction to the region with over 750,000 visitors since its opening.