Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



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Your gift of time or financial support helps FONZ and the Smithsonian's National Zoo to fulfill our mission to provide leadership in animal care, science, education, and sustainability. Here's how you can contribute.

Donate nowSupport the National Zoo

Support wildlife conservation by making a tax-deductible donation to Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ). Give Online—It's Quick, Easy, and Secure

You can support the Zoo by giving at work, donating stock, establishing a life income gift, designating FONZ or the Zoo as the beneficiary of your estate, joining FONZ, volunteering at the Zoo, and in other ways. Get all the details.

Join Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ)

Get great membership benefits and discover a world of adventure and fun while helping FONZ support the Zoo's international conservation efforts. more

Support Special Programs

small-clawed otter with ballHelp Provide Enrichment for Our Animals
Enrichment is an integral part of the daily care of the animals at the Zoo. Staff have created a wish list of items that you can buy and donate. We also welcome financial contributions.
click toGive something special to our animals.


Tai ShanSupport the Giant Panda Conservation Fund
With fewer than 1,600 giant pandas living in the wild, each birth is critical. By learning more about them and helping them to breed, scientists are working to prevent giant panda extinction. Help support the Zoo's panda conservation efforts. more

Sumatran tigerSupport the Tiger Conservation Fund
The Zoo has been engaged in securing a future for wild tigers since 1973. The Zoo's Tiger Conservation Fund supports the training and mentoring of leaders in wild tiger conservation from the tiger range states in Asia. more

More Ways to Give

For more information, contact our Office of Advancement .

Give at Work
Take advantage of this easy way to give to FONZ—donate through regular payroll deductions by means of your employer's workplace giving program. FONZ participates in United Way (0967) and the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) through Earth Share, a federation of the nation's most respected environmental and conservation charities. Simply select # 11434 on your CFC pledge form.

No giving campaign at your employer? Contact us at v202.633.2922, and we can work with you to establish a giving campaign at your employer.

Your employer may match your workplace contribution and other gifts to FONZ—even your membership donation or volunteer time! Contributions of retired or part-time employees and employees' spouses may even be eligible. See whether your company has contributed matching funds to FONZ, or ask your human resources office for matching gift forms and eligibility requirements.

Donate Stock and Avoid Capital Gains Tax

You benefit doubly from this type of gift because no capital gains need ever be paid on the gifted securities and you enjoy a nice tax deduction for the amount of your gift.

Volunteer at the Zoo

Zoo volunteers offer invaluable support. They learn, help the Zoo with education and conservation activities, and have fun. more


Establish a Life Income Gift

Life Income Gifts are a wonderful way to ensure a lifetime income for you and your beneficiaries, while supporting the important work of FONZ today. With Life Income Gifts, you receive an income tax deduction for the gift and reduce capital gains tax on the donated appreciated securities. Annuities are not affected by stock market fluctuations and may offer a higher rate of return than you currently receive.

Designate FONZ or the Zoo as a Beneficiary of Your Estate

You can designate FONZ as the beneficiary of your life insurance, IRA, or your will to provide support to FONZ after your lifetime. These gifts generally avoid probate and may also reduce income or estate taxes.