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FUNDRAISING CONTACTS


General Inquiries

206.548.2491
206.548.2565 x2
206.548.1536 fax


Director of Development and Planned Giving:
Sarah Valentine, CFRE  206.548.2624

Data Services:
Lorna Chin 206.548.2485


Jungle Party
Nicole Bennion 206.548.2421

Thrive:
Bridget Dolan 206.548.2422

General Donation Inquiry:
Donations 206.548.2491

Wild at Heart Donor Club: 
Wild at Heart 206.548.2491

ZooParent Adoption Program:
ZooParent 206.548.2484

Make a donation online
Donations may also be mailed to WPZ at 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103

Woodland Park Zoo has adopted and complies with the Donor Bill of Rights. View our Privacy Policy.

 


Are you wild at heart?

Join our Wild at Heart donor club and enjoy special benefits. 

 

SUPPORT YOUR ZOO FAQ

Answers to all you wanted to know about supporting the zoo

1. How can I make a gift?
2.
How does my gift impact the zoo and our community?
3. Is my donation tax deductible?
4. How do I know if my company will match my gift?
5. What is a donor-advised fund?
6. Can I receive any benefits if I direct a gift through another entity?
7. What is a planned gift?
8.
How can my company become involved with the zoo?
9. Why don't I see my gifts on my Donor Giving History page?
10. What is your Donor Privacy Statement?
11.
Do you adhere to the Donor Bill of Rights?



1. How can I make a gift?

There are many ways to make a gift to Woodland Park Zoo. Learn more.

  • Click here to make a donation online

  • Mail your gift to Woodland Park Zoo, Attention Donations, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103

  • Contact Kelsi Dunn to make a stock transfer or in-kind gift: 206.548.2491 or donations@zoo.org


2. How will my gift impact the zoo and our community? 

Gifts fund mission based programs that help save animals and their habitats in the Pacific Northwest and around the world, as well as create new visitor experiences, world-class animal care advancements and STEM education leadership programs for underserved youth. Additionally, gift funds help maintain zoo facilities and our acres of botanical gardens. Gifts are directed to the areas of greatest need unless specified otherwise by our donors.

 

3. Is my donation tax deductible?

Woodland Park Zoo is a qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, #91-6070005, registered in Washington state. The amount of your gift that is deductible for federal income tax purposes is the amount given less the fair market value of benefits you receive, whether used or not. Please consult with your tax advisor to determine the deductibility of your gift.

Wild at Heart

Donors who give $500 or more annually join our Wild at Heart donor pack and enjoy benefits, some of which have a fair market value. You can choose to waive these benefits to allow the entire gift amount to be eligible for a tax deduction. To do this, please email Kelsi Dunn at donations@zoo.org or call 206.548.2491.

The 2015-16 fair market value of Wild at Heart benefits is $261.80:
$182.00 for a one-year membership for two adults and their children, plus one flexible guest
$79.80 for four one-time-use guest passes

Jungle Party

All Jungle Party tickets, merchandise, item purchases and sponsorships have a fair market value. Please contact Kelsi Dunn at donations@zoo.org for details about the value of your benefits. The amount of your gift that is deductible for federal income tax purposes is the amount given less the fair market value of benefits you receive, whether used or not.

The 2016 fair market value of standard benefits are listed below. 

Level

Amount

Fair market value

Reception ticket

$150.00

$65.00

General dinner ticket

$400.00

$128.00

General dinner table (10 seats)

$4,000.00

$1,280.00

Patron dinner ticket

$650.00

$128.00

Patron table (10 seats)

$6,500.00

$1,430.00

Sponsorship

$7,500.00-25,000.00

See receipt

Various merchandise items

$50.00-250.00

Purchase price

Auction item purchase

Purchase price

See receipt


The 2015 fair market value of standard benefits are listed below. 

Level

Amount

Fair market value

Reception ticket

$125.00

$65.00

After party ticket

$100.00-125.00

$65.00

General dinner ticket

$350.00

$128.00

Patron dinner ticket

$650.00

$193.00

Patron table (10 seats)

$6,500.00

$2,080.00

Sponsorship

$5,000.00-25,000.00

See receipt

Various merchandise items

$50.00-250.00

Purchase price

Auction item purchase

Purchase price

See receipt


Thrive

Sponsors of Thrive receive benefits with a fair market value. Please contact Kelsi Dunn at donations@zoo.org for details about the value of your benefits. The amount of your gift that is deductible for federal income tax purposes is the amount given less the fair market value of benefits you receive, whether used or not. 

ZooParent

A ZooParent adoption is eligible for a charitable deduction. The amount of your gift that is deductible for federal income tax purposes is the amount given less the fair market value of benefits you receive, whether used or not. IRS rules allow taxpayers to claim charitable deductions if the benefits received are considered token items. The 2015-16 fair market value of benefits received for each ZooParent adoption level is listed below.

Level

Amount

Fair market value

Keeper 

                             $50.00

$0.00

Lead Keeper 

$100.00

$39.90

Senior Keeper

   $250.00

$49.90

Associate Curator

$500.00

$351.60

Curator

$1,000.00

$351.60

Special

$69.00

$0.00

For group ZooParent adoptions, please contact ZooParent@zoo.org for tax-deductibility information for your specific adoption based on benefits received. 


Membership

Woodland Park Zoo is a qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, #91-6070005, registered in Washington state. The amount of your gift that is deductible for federal income tax purposes is the amount given, less the fair market value of benefits you receive, whether used or not. Woodland Park Zoo determines the benefit of unlimited entry to the zoo to be the full cost of the membership. However, IRS rules allow taxpayers to claim a charitable deduction only if the total membership fees paid is $75.00 or less. Please consult with your advisor to determine the potential deductibility of your membership.


Corporate membership

A corporate membership is eligible for a charitable deduction. The amount of your gift that is deductible for federal income tax purposes is the amount given less than the fair market value of the benefits you receive, whether used or not. The 2015-16 fair market value of benefits received for each Corporate Membership is listed below.

Level

                             Amount

Fair market value

Associate                 

$500.00

$329.75

Partner

$1,000.00

$659.50

Benefactor

$2,500.00

$1,264.25

Ambassador

$5,000.00

$1,869.00


4 . How do I know if my company will match my gift?

Many local companies match their employees' donations. Look up your company and see if you can double your support, or ask your HR department for more information. Then just fill out the online matching gift request or turn in your matching gift form to your employer to get the match!


5. What is a donor-advised fund?

A donor-advised fund, or DAF, is a philanthropic vehicle established at a public charity. It allows a donor to make a charitable contribution to that public charity and be eligible for an immediate tax deduction, then recommend grants to qualified charitable organizations over time.

Since the initial contribution to the DAF is eligible for tax deduction, the donor cannot receive any goods or services from Woodland Park Zoo. Event tickets, table sponsorships and zoo memberships are not eligible for DAF grants because they contain benefits that are not tax deductible.

Also, a DAF cannot be used to pay a personal pledge made by the donor. If you plan to make grant recommendation from a DAF, please contact Sarah Valentine to make a non-binding gift agreement instead of a personal pledge.

6. Can I receive any benefits if I direct a gift through another entity?

Donors who give through a private foundation, United Way, Benevity and other similar organizations cannot receive any goods or services from Woodland Park Zoo because the initial contribution is eligible for a tax deduction. Event tickets, table sponsorships and zoo memberships are not eligible for directed gifts because they contain benefits that are not tax deductible.

Many employers have moved to utilizing Benevity, a company that facilitates workplace giving and matching gift campaigns and is also a donor-advised fund. Check with your employer to confirm if they are using the Benevity platform.

7. What is a planned gift?

Wills, trusts and inclusion as a beneficiary in estate plans are all types of planned gifts that help preserve the future of the zoo and ensure your legacy. Learn more.

8. How can my company become involved with the zoo?

Businesses and other organizations can get involved with the zoo by sponsoring Jungle PartyThrive or a marketing promotion, becoming a corporate member, hosting an event at the zoo or through corporate philanthropy. Contact Sarah Valentine to learn more.
 

9. Why should I sign up for a Donor account? Why don't I see my gifts on my Donor Giving History page?

When you sign up for a Donor account you can look up your giving history and update your donor contact information. Sign up for your account.

The Donor Giving History page lists cash donations received since January 2012. Please consult with your tax advisor to determine the deductibility of your gift as not all gifts listed are fully tax deductible. You may contact Kelsi Dunn at donations@zoo.org to request a tax receipt. If you believe there is an error, please contact Kelsi Dunn at donations@zoo.org

 

10. What is your Donor Privacy Statement?

Woodland Park Zoo recognizes the importance of protecting the privacy of the individuals and organizations maintained in our database. You can view our full privacy statement here.

 

11. Do you adhere to the Donor Bill of Rights?

Yes, to ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, Woodland Park Zoo joins many other fundraising organizations in declaring that all donors have the following rights. Read more.