Funding the Mission
We offer many opportunities for people to help the Zoological Society’s mission. Selling Zoo Pass memberships is the largest piece of our fundraising. Annually, the Society brings in more than $6 million in Zoo Pass memberships of which 50% of the funds go directly to the Zoo. Higher-end membership programs like the Platypus Circle bring in valuable dollars from more than 500 area foundations, businesses and individuals.
Other fundraisers include the Society’s Sponsor an Animal program. People can sponsor one of the numerous animals at the Zoo starting at $25 up to $2,500. Throughout the year, individuals and families are encouraged to attend a fundraising event such as our Ride on the Wild Side biking event in the Zoo or our bigger events like Zoo Ball, a black-tie gala.
The Society relies on the generosity of companies and foundations to support the Zoo and the Society through grants, event sponsorship, attractions and more. Individuals or companies can choose to give direct donations to the Society or donate to a new yearly need established in our Annual Appeal. No matter the size of the donation or participation, the Zoological Society could not do it without the help and investment of the community.
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