SUPPORT YOUR ZOO FAQ

Answers to all you wanted to know about supporting the zoo

1. How can I make a gift?
2.
How do I know if my company will match my gift?
3.
How will my gift be used?
4.
What benefits do I receive for my gift?
5.
Is my donation tax deductible?
6.
Is my corporate membership tax deductible?
7.
What is a planned gift?
8.
How can my company become involved with the zoo?
9.
What is a soft credit?
10. Why should I sign up for a My Zoo account?
11.
Why don't I see my gifts on my Donor Giving History page?
12. What is your Donor Privacy Statement?
13.
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. Click here to 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 us to make a stock transfer or in-kind gift: 206.548.2491 or donations@zoo.org

 

2. 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 turn in your matching gift form to your employer to get the match!

 

3. How will my gift be used?

We strive to spend as much of your donation on programs that help save animals and their habitats as possible. Your gift is automatically assigned to the area of greatest need unless you specify otherwise.

 

4. What benefits do I receive for my gift?

With a donation of $500 or more, you will join the Wild at Heart annual donor club and receive several exclusive benefits.

 

5. 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 will receive the following benefits. 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 us at donations@zoo.org or call 206-548-2491.

The 2015 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
$79.800 for four one-time-use guest passes

ZooParent
ZooParent adoptions are considered donations. 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 fair market value of benefits received for each ZooParent adoption level is listed below.

Level

Gift Amount

Fair Market Value

Keeper (or "Basic")

$50

$0.00

Lead Keeper (or "Plus")

$100

$39.90

Senior Keeper

$250

$49.90

Associate Curator

$500

$351.60

Curator

$1,000

$351.60

Special

$69

$0.00


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

 

6. Is a corporate membership tax deductible?

A corporate membership is eligible for a charitable deduction for income tax purposes less than the fair market value of the benefits you receive, whether used or not.The fair market value of benefits received for each Corporate Membership is listed below.

Level

Gift Amount

Fair Market Value

Associate

$500 – $999

$329.75

Partner

$1,000 – $2,499

$659.50

Benefactor

$2,500 – $4,999

$1,264.25

Ambassador

$5,000 +

$1,869.00

 

7. What is a planned gift?

Wills, trusts and 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 corporate sponsorship, becoming a corporate member, hosting an event at the zoo or through corporate philanthropy. Learn more.

 

9. What is a soft credit?

A soft credit is given when a person did not actually give a donation but in some way is involved. Examples include when you make a gift using your family foundation or other entity that receives the actual tax credit (that makes the actual donation) but for which you wish to receive recognition, or to recognize a person who helped initiate a gift made by someone else. Please contact us is you wish your gift to be soft-credited to you or someone else.


10. Why should I sign up for a Donor account?
  • Receive all the latest news and information about what is happening at the zoo.

  • Look up your giving history.

  • Update your donor contact information.

Sign up for your account.

 

11. Why don't I see my gifts on my Donor Giving History page?

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 us at donations@zoo.org to request a tax receipt. If you believe there is an error, please contact us at donations@zoo.org

 

12. 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.

 

13. 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.

 

Are you wild at heart?

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

 

FUNDRAISING CONTACTS

General Inquiries
206.548.2565 x2
206.548.1536 fax


Director of Philanthropy:
Sarah Valentine, CFRE 206.548.2624

Planned Giving and Family Stewardship:
Anne Knapp, CFP 206.548.2443

Data Services:
Lorna Chin 206.548.2485

Jungle Party: 
Cortney Bacon 2
06.548.2420

Thrive:
Lauren Menor 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

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

 
 

©2015 WPZ is a registered 501(c)(3) non profit