Floraglades Foundation was created by Harris Friedman and Anne Patterson Friedman in 1997. Its primary focus is south-central Florida, with a particular interest in the Muse area of Glades County, where its preserves are located. In 2002, after 5 years of successful operation as a charity, it received official determination of its continuing tax exempt status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization from the US government, enabling donors to the foundation to receive tax deductions for their donations with confidence. It is also registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services under the Solicitation of Contributions Act (Florida Statute, Chapter 496) to legally solicit donations.
A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com
Harris Friedman, PhD, the foundation's president, is a retired clinical psychologist. He is now a professor, an extensively published writer, and a researcher, with a focus on both transpersonal psychology and social change. Anne Patterson Friedman, the foundation's vice-president, is a writer and artist. She has studied Florida's wetland environments and has photographed and cataloged many of the preserves' species, with a focus on the plants, mammals, and birds.