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Planned Giving

Knoxville Zoo Legacy Society

Some think of a favorite charity, like Knoxville Zoo, as a part of their extended family, and include them in a bequest in their will. This is easily and simply done. If wildlife conservation, education and protecting a community assets are important to you, talk to a professional about including a specific or residuary bequest in your will. Join Knoxville Zoo's Legacy Society and become part of a group of dedicated supporters who have chosen to extend their caring for Knoxville Zoo well beyond their lifetimes.

Planned giving opportunities at Knoxville Zoo include

  • An outright gift of cash or personal property
  • A donation of stocks/securities to the zoo
  • A specific amount, percentage of, or residual amount of estate
  • Retirement plans
  • Insurance Plans

Gifts may be restricted or unrestricted. An unrestricted gift is one that is intended for the general support of Knoxville Zoo and is used at the discretion of the Board of Directors. While unrestricted bequests are of particular value to Knoxville Zoo because of the flexibility allowed in application of funds, Knoxville Zoo realizes many of our supporters have a special connection to particular programs and choose to make a specific request. Therefore, Knoxville Zoo welcomes restricted bequests. Since a bequest will likely not be received by the zoo until far into the future, we ask that its terms be as general as possible to avoid a gift benefiting a project a the zoo no longer pursues or with terms that will be difficult to meet. If you are considering a bequest for a specific purpose, please call our office to discuss.

Using estate planning methods may create exemptions from capital gains taxes to reduce costly estate or probate taxes within present tax laws.

How Do I Make a Planned Gift?

The first step is talking with your estate attorney, tax preparer, or financial planner. He or she will help you decide on the type of gift that is most beneficial to you now and into the future.

Information Your Attorney Will Need:

If you already have a will and would like to remember Knoxville Zoo, your attorney could include us easily with a sentence (codicil) such as:

"I hereby give $_______(specific amount, specific asset, ____% of my estate, or ____% of the residuary of my estate after settling) to Knoxville Zoological Gardens (Knoxville Zoo), a not-for profit charitable corporation incorporated in Knoxville, Tennessee and presently located at 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive."

If you are drafting a new will or trust, your attorney will need the following legal information:

Legal name: Knoxville Zoological Gardens (also known as Knoxville Zoo)

Physical Location: Knoxville Zoo
                               3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive
                               Knoxville, TN 37914

Mailing Address: Knoxville Zoo
                             P.O. Box 6040
                             Knoxville, TN 37914

Phone: 865-637-5331

Tax ID #: 52-0781390

Knoxville Zoo is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Gifts and bequests to Knoxville Zoo are deductible to the extent permitted by law for income, gift and estate tax purposes.

Why it Makes a Difference to Let Us Know Your Plans:

When choosing to honor Knoxville Zoo with a planned gift, you become a member of a committed group of donors known as Knoxville Zoo's Legacy Society. As a member of our Legacy Society, you will receive regular updates on changes and improvements at the zoo, you will be invited to an annual reception celebrating the impact of planned gifts on Knoxville Zoo and welcoming new members. With your permission, you will be acknowledged publicly in print and electronically, and will appear in Knoxville Zoo's "Year in Review" publication.

For More Information or to Advise Us of Your Plans, Please Contact:

Sharon Moore, Knoxville Zoo Director of Development
(O) 865-637-5331, ext. 310
(C) 865-258-2570

Carrie McConkey, Assistant Director of Development
(O) 865-637-5337, ext. 312
(C) 865-679-9088

No mater how you plan, making a lasting donation to a community treasure committed to wildlife conservation and education is a decision with lasting positive outcomes. Because Knoxville Zoo is 87% self-supporting we rely heavily on donations to support operations as well as accomplish critical conservation work and build state-of-the-art-exhbits.

Will you leave a Legacy at Knoxville Zoo?

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