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Debbie GarveyA Lasting Commitment to All Animals

Including Denver Zoo as a beneficiary in her will was an easy decision for Debbie Garvey. Her first visit to the zoo was in the late 60s when she was an undergraduate student at the University of Denver. Since then, she's been hooked. More


Sandy CampbellLongtime Patron Makes Gift for Zoo's Future

Sandy Campbell has been visiting the Zoo since she was a child. With a gift in her will, she's ensuring children will have that same opportunity for years to come. More


Betsy SchutteOne Visit Later: A Zoo Love Story

Betsy Schutte reluctantly accepted her daughter's invitation to visit Denver Zoo with her and her two grandchildren shortly after moving to Denver. After that visit, she just loved the Zoo. Betsy enjoyed that first visit so much, especially seeing all the Zoo volunteers in their green vests grinning (and thinking, they can't really be having that much fun), she decided to check out becoming a volunteer. More

Hannah Yaritz with her dogStaying Connected to the Zoo Through Giving

Hannah Yaritz is a former Denver Zoo employee and has seen firsthand how the Zoo works to secure a better world for animals. That's why she's doing her part to ensure the Zoo's future by leaving a legacy gift. More


Becky Grace and her fatherSupporter's Legacy Gift Preserves and Protects Animals

Becky Grace feels a strong responsibility to preserve and protect animals for future generations, and she supports Denver Zoo because she believes we are a partner in her efforts. More


Katie Oberlander and Martin SchnitgerGiving Back to Do More for the Zoo

Denver Zoo just celebrated its 120th year and Katie Oberlander and Martin Schnitger are leaving a legacy for the Zoo to support the next 120 years. More


UebelhoerMaking the World a Better Place

" Secure a better world for animals through human understanding." Kris and Manfred Uebelhoer believe the mission of Denver Zoo says it all. This mission, Kris says, "is easy to understand and get behind." More


EllenSecuring a Better World for Animals

"A passion for animals" is where it all began for Ellen Rabinowitz. One of the first things she did after moving to Denver from New York was visit Denver Zoo. She quickly became a Zoo volunteer. More


Chris GasserPassion for Animals Leads to Gift

Chris Gasser has always had a passion for animals. As a young girl, she spent time birding with her dad, nothing exotic, just looking at the native Illinois birds at the nearby golf course.  More


Rosemary McManisWildlife Heritage Society Member Gives Back

Rosemary McManis' love of animals began in childhood. It is not easy to get her to name her favorite animal, but the decision to include Denver Zoo in her estate plan was a no-brainer. More


Holly and Gary GibsonLove for Animals Inspires Giving

Holly Gibson fell in love with animals and Denver Zoo when she participated in a Zoo explorer scout program in high school. "It was a very hands-on experience; I got to touch and learn about a variety of animals and have had an appreciation of Denver Zoo ever since." More


Becky Sloan and Sandy BerryLove of Animals Leads to Love of the Zoo

The Zoo is a major part of Becky Sloan's and Sandy Berry's lives. Having logged thousands of hours of volunteer service, they also have planned several gifts to support the Zoo. One of those gifts also provides them with lifetime payments. By establishing a charitable gift annuity, you can help animals at the Zoo live happy lives and, in return, you can supplement your income with fixed payments for life. More


DonnaDale TurnerDonnaDale Turner: You Can Never Outgrow the Zoo

Wildlife Heritage Society member DonnaDale Turner has been involved with Denver Zoo since her two boys were little. Donna Dale wanted to acquaint her kids with the world and give them a sense of belonging, and she thought the Zoo was a great way to accomplish that. More


Marilyn and Dick VeazeyA Commitment to Animals

Wildlife Heritage Society members Marilyn and Dick Veazey have been involved with Denver Zoo for more than 15 years. Dick's passion for zoos started in college while working on his architectural thesis for the design of the Indianapolis Zoo. More


Harry and Linda FegleyPassionate About the Animals

Wildlife Heritage Society members and volunteers Harry and Linda Fegley have been involved with Denver Zoo since 2011. When they moved to the City Park area, they wanted to find a cultural institution close to their home to volunteer their time, and the zoo was lucky enough to be their top choice. More


Calae and Steve RungeCalae and Steve Runge: A Lifelong Connection to Denver Zoo

Calae and Steve Runge have felt connected to Denver Zoo since they were little kids. As adults, they are proud of the zoo's work with endangered species and amazed by all the improvements the zoo has made over the last 40 years. More


Felicia Diamond and Gene BloomLifelong Passion Inspires Gift to Denver Zoo

Felicia Diamond and Gene Bloom grew up spending their summers at Denver Zoo. After visiting Africa as adults, Felicia and Gene realized the importance of supporting the zoo's work saving and protecting animals. More


Janet GrantJanet Grant Helps Zoo "Count for Something"

Wildlife Heritage Society member Janet Grant believes in Denver Zoo's "reverence for life," and she considers the preservation of wildlife one of the most important aspects of the zoo. More


Marty McCuneTeaching, Togetherness and Commitment

Once zoo volunteer Marty McCune started spending so much time at the zoo, his wife, Jeanne, figured the only way she would ever see her husband again was to become a volunteer as well. More


Marybelle Lyde IliffRemembered for Her Love and Support of All Animals

Born Marybelle Lyde Iliff, her mother nicknamed her infant daughter "Bamby" after a heroine of a radio program followed during her pregnancy. The name stuck her whole life. More


Jean HashJean Hash

"Sweet baby animals." That is what Jean Hash kept repeating when asked why she loves Denver Zoo. Simple as that. Animals are her favorite "people," she says, so giving and innocent. More


Dick and Sandy McCrayDick and Sandy McCray

Dick and Sandy McCray now think of the Zoo as so much more than just a great place to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. The McCrays first became passionate about Denver Zoo when bringing their grandchildren to visit. More


Carolyn B. VincentCarolyn B. Vincent

Denver Zoo finalized plans to name the Preserve Plaza in the upcoming Asian Tropics exhibit "The Carolyn B. Vincent Preserve Plaza." The Zoo is deeply appreciative of Carolyn's generous gift to the zoo's endowment through a bequest in her estate. More


Cliff and DeVee LushboughAnimal Lovers Support Asian Tropics

Cliff and DeVee Lushbough have been visiting the zoo since the 1960s. They keep coming back because of the animals, and decided to make a distribution from their IRA to help with our newest exhibit, Asian Tropics. More


Betty RobertsonBetty Robertson: Friend and Donor of the Zoo

The Denver Zoo would not be the same if it wasn't for the support and generosity of Betty Robertson. Betty has been a long-time friend of the Denver Zoo and has donated to many zoo programs, especially to the Asian Tropics. A fifth grade teacher for 25 years, Betty truly loves animals. More


Rollin D. Barnard Denver Zoo Loses Faithful Friend, Rollie

Rollin D. Barnard loves animals—at the Denver Zoo and around the world. Rollie became a Denver Zoo Trustee in 1994 and later was named Honorary Lifetime Trustee in 2005. With his passing, the Denver Zoo loses a long-time friend who cared passionately about the zoo and his community. More


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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Denver Zoo a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to Denver Zoo, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 2300 Steele Street, Denver, CO, 80205, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Denver Zoo or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Denver Zoo as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Denver Zoo as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Denver Zoo where you agree to make a gift to Denver Zoo and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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