Planned Giving

Consider including the Detroit Zoological Society in your estate plans

A gift to the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) that is part of a thoughtful, comprehensive estate plan provides a way to complete a lifetime of giving or to make a significant gift that was not possible during your lifetime. In many cases, planned giving provides helpful financial benefits to the donor through tax breaks.  Your gift will provide a legacy for future generations by protecting and conserving some of the most remarkable creatures on earth.

Throughout our history, the Detroit Zoo has welcomed generations of visitors with experiences that stimulate learning and encourage a deeper appreciation for the awe-inspiring creatures that share our planet. A planned gift will allow us to continue a tradition of leadership in metro Detroit’s cultural, educational and recreational community, as well as the zoological community.

Planned gifts may include bequests, living trusts, charitable gift annuities, charitable life income trusts, retirement plans, life insurance, gifts of securities or real estate.  The DZS encourages you to consult with your attorney, accountant or other professional advisor to confirm the financial benefits of a planned gift and determine how it best fits with your personal financial circumstances.

Wildlife Legacy Circle

wildlife_legacyThe Detroit Zoological Society’s Wildlife Legacy Circle was created to recognize friends who have endorsed our mission by including the Society in their estate plans or by making a planned gift.

Undesignated contributions from members of the Wildlife Legacy Circle are directed to the Endowment Fund for the Detroit Zoological Society. This general endowment provides annual income to maintain and improve our animal habitats, grounds, facilities and infrastructure, thus sustaining unparalleled experiences for our visitors and the highest quality of care for our magnificent animals.

As an alternative, donors may designate their gift for a specific aspect of our mission. We encourage individuals who are considering making restricted contributions for a particular endowment or any other special purpose to discuss these ideas with us before finalizing their plans.

We will assist you in finding giving options that best suit your situation, and will simplify the process by working with you and your advisors. To learn more about supporting the Detroit Zoological Society through a planned gift, please contact Tricia Brosnahan at (248) 336-5728, or email us.