Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Ways to Give to the Zoo

Thank you for your interest in supporting Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium! Many options are available for those who wish to support our mission of conservation.

• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Join the Vision Keeper CluB • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Vision Keepers take the lead in supporting world-class exhibitions, educational programming and animal acquisitions. You can help ensure that the Zoo & Aquarium will provide an educational and fun environment for visitors of all ages while fostering a better understanding and appreciation of the rich diversity of life.

Your annual contribution of $500 or more will be put to immediate use by providing necessary funds for educational programs for K-12 education, new major exhibits, and local conservation projects with global emphasis. Learn more about the Vision Keeper Club.


• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Contribute to the Annual Fund • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Annual giving donations fund special projects focused on the Zoo's animal care, education and conservation missions, as well as support the operating costs of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. We encourage you to give to projects that excite your passion for the Zoo & Aquarium and the Annual Giving Program provides the opportunity to support the following initiatives: 

Animal Care: Help maintain the standards of care necessary for an accredited facility to participate in endangered species programs such as our work with Clouded leopards, Sumatran tigers, and Red wolves.

Education: Provide low-income school field trip scholarships and support the operations of the Marine Discovery Center and other school-based programs to improve science education in Tacoma.

Conservation: Help protect endangered species in their native habitats and to involve Zoo staff in a variety of local and international conservation education efforts.

For more information or to contribute to the Annual Fund, contact Lisa Johnson at (253) 404-3651 or ljohnson@thezoosociety.org.


• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Planned Giving and Memorials • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 
By remembering Point Defiance Zoological Society in your estate plans, you can make a big difference for wildlife and future generations who love it.


Gifts of any size will be used to thoughtfully support the Zoo's present and future needs and there are a variety of ways to make a gift. Your lawyer or estate planning professional can help you find an option that works well for you

For more information about planned giving and memorials, contact Lisa Johnson at (253) 404-3651 or ljohnson@thezoosociety.org.


• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • ENDOWMENT • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 

The Point Defiance Zoo Society’s endowment funds provide ongoing support to the Zoo Society and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. There are numerous opportunities for individuals interested in contributing an endowment gift including Vision Keeper Club donations and Circle of Life planned gifts. Including the Point Defiance Zoo Society in your estate plans is a significant way to provide ongoing support of your Zoo. You can help by contributing to any of our endowments listed below or creating your own named endowment.

The Carousel Endowment, established by the Zoo Society Board of Directors and other generous individuals, provides support for the repair and upkeep of the treasured Paul Titus Carousel.

The Centennial Endowment, established through the Vision for the Future Capital Campaign, serves as The Zoo Society’s general unrestricted endowment providing support where the need is greatest at the Zoo Society and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

The Patricia Cutchlow Endowment, established by the last will and testament of Patricia Cutchlow, provides support where the need is greatest at the Zoo Society and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium with an emphasis on programs that benefit whales.

The Gary E. Milgard Education Endowment, established by the Gary E. Milgard Family Foundation, benefits low-income students in Tacoma and creates opportunities for them to visit the Zoo with school field trips.

For more information about donating to The Zoo Society, please contact Lawrence Norvell at (253) 404-3663 or email lnorvell@thezoosociety.org.