Your zoo needs you now
more than ever.

A beautiful thing is happening. As we collectively move through grief, fear, uncertainty and finally, recovery from this unforeseen time – many of us are realizing how profoundly we need nature. As much as nature needs us. From the solace of a wooded path to the curiosity and joy of animal behavior, nature helps restore. We invite you to help us restore nature. Because together, there’s nothing we can’t do. Together, we can build strong connections between people and the natural world, bettering the lives of animals and humans alike. Join us in keeping the Minnesota Zoo as a natural wonder for generations to come. Join us in being a true force for nature.

Join a Giving Community

You are a Friend of the Zoo when you give a gift at any level that works for you. Donors giving $250+ annually receive the benefits of a Friends Plus membership, providing admission for your household and two free guests each visit.

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By investing $1,000 or more annually to the Zoo, you become a member of the Director’s Circle. You’ll see the impact of your support more closely through special donor activities.

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Established in 2020, the President’s Club is a group of dedicated supporters helping to sustain the Zoo into the future through annual donations of $10,000 or more.

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Beastly Bash | 9.12.2020

Save the date for the evening of Saturday, September 12! This year's annual gala is going virtual, bringing the Zoo to you in the comfort of your home. Though we’ll miss seeing you dressed as sharply as a hedgehog, our reimagined fundraiser will be filled with some of your favorite animals and familiar faces. Your gifts in support of this event will help ensure the Minnesota Zoo survives today and thrives into the future. More details to follow as we work to connect you to your beloved zoo.

Special Giving Opportunities

Welcome your favorite critter into your home by sponsoring an animal! With a custom certificate and plush toy, this is a great way to introduce children to helping care for wildlife.

Sponsor an Animal Now

If the Zoo is a special place for your friend or loved one, you can honor them with a gift in their name. On-site tribute opportunities are available at some donation levels.

Contact Us to Explore Options

Contact the Minnesota Zoo Foundation

We're here to help!

It is important to us that we are able to connect you to the Minnesota Zoo in a meaningful way that aligns with your philanthropic goals. Whether you have a quick question about your support of the Zoo or would like to explore opportunities to expand your giving, we’re here to help you find the right option for you.

Minnesota Zoo Foundation
13000 Zoo Boulevard
Apple Valley, MN 55124


[email protected]

Donor Resources

Donor Benefits


Quarterly Donor Newsletter


Invitation to Donor Appreciation Day


Friends Plus Membership

Invitations to donor events throughout the year


Annual Report Recognition

Invitations to VIP events and activities


Invitation to annual Director’s Crawl event

On-Site Donor Wall Recognition

Designated staff liaison to assist with Zoo questions

Reserved Parking Spots


Private Zoo Tour

Gift Membership to Give Away


Recognition on Medtronic Minnesota Trail

Choice of Exclusive Gift


Personalized based upon your specific interests

Donor Advised Funds

Here is some information that your managing company may require in order to direct a contribution to the Minnesota Zoo Foundation from your Donor Advised Fund:

Minnesota Zoo Foundation

13000 Zoo Blvd

Apple Valley, MN 55124


[email protected]

Federal Tax ID: 51-0147653

Corporate Matching Gifts

Many companies offer a matching gifts program, which is a great (and often easy) way for you to strengthen the impact of your support! For most companies, you as the donor submit a request to your employer, indicating the dollar amount you have donated. Once approved, the company then makes a donation to the Minnesota Zoo Foundation. Wondering if your company offers a matching gift program? Your human resources department can often be a good place to ask.

Stock & Mutual Fund Transfer Information

Here are the details needed in order to initiate a transfer of appreciated assets in support of the Minnesota Zoo Foundation. Please note that the Foundation is not automatically informed of donor information when these transfers are made. Please notify us of your transfer so we can properly acknowledge your gift ([email protected]).

Bank: Wells Fargo

Name on Account: Minnesota Zoo Foundation

Account #: 23253001

DTC#: 2027

Federal Tax ID: 51-0147653

Bank Contact:

David Hancks, Client Service Consultant

Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust

Building 68

550 South 4th Street

MAC N9310-090

Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-667-3692

Fax: 612-667-4187

Email: [email protected]

For mutual fund transfers, please reach out to the bank contact listed above to arrange for a shell/bin account number. The bank will require the following information to begin the process:

- Delivering Firm Name

- Delivering Firm Account Number

- Delivering Firm Client Account Name

- Delivering Firm Client Account Number

- Asset Information (cusip number, name, and share amount)

Foundation Staff Directory

Beth Comeaux

Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

[email protected]

John Frawley

Zoo Director & Zoo Foundation President

Heidi Paltzer

Annual Fund Manager

[email protected]

Shannon Rhatigan

Donor Programs Officer

[email protected]

Michele Smith

Donor Relations Coordinator

[email protected]

Ryan Sweeney

Major Gifts Manager

[email protected]

Brenda Teats

Director of Individual Giving

[email protected]

Julie Wand

Gift Entry Specialist

[email protected]

Anne Weber-Smith

Director of Major Gifts

[email protected]

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