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.
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.
Get great membership benefits and discover a world of adventure and fun while helping FONZ support the Zoo's international conservation efforts. more
Help Provide Enrichment for Our Animals
Support the Giant Panda Conservation Fund
Support the Tiger Conservation Fund
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Give at Work
No giving campaign at your employer? Contact us at 202.633.3044, 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.
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.
Make a Charitable Rollover Gift
Congress has temporarily extended through 2011 the legislation that allows donors to make tax-free gifts from their IRA accounts. If you are age 70 ½ or older, you can make tax-free “Charitable Rollover” gifts totaling up to $100,000 until December 31, 2011. While you cannot claim a charitable deduction for IRA gifts, your gift amount will reduce your taxable estate, and you will not be required to pay income tax on any amounts you distribute to qualified charities.