Endowed Gifts

Your Gift Can Last Forever

An endowment gift to The Zoo Society today provides a brighter picture for our future. When you make a donation to an endowment, you give a gift with both immediate and long-term benefits.

Endowment donations are invested. A portion of the annual income from the investment is used to address immediate needs at the Zoo. The remaining funds are reinvested to ensure indefinite support.

An Example of How It Works

Woman walking an anteater Longtime The Zoo Society supporters Susan and Charlie have two goals: First, they want to make sure the Zoo continues to receive support after they're gone. Second, they want to memorialize Charlie's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jones.

Susan and Charlie make a $25,000 donation to the Zoo, which we invest, and each year, a portion of the income from the invested money will be used to support our mission in honor of the Joneses. Plus, Susan and Charlie qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction on their taxes.

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Next Steps

  1. Contact Ruthann Howell at 253.404.3663 or rhowell@thezoosociety.org to discuss endowed gifts.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include the Zoo in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal name: Point Defiance Zoological Society
Address: 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407
Federal tax ID number: 91-6066667

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