Memorial & Tribute Gifts
Thank you for considering the nonprofit Sacramento Zoological Society as a recipient of a memorial or tribute gift in the name of a friend, relative, family member or beloved pet. Memorial and tribute gifts are wonderful ways to honor a loved one while supporting a connection with wildlife and helping to build a new, state-of-the-art zoological park right here in our region.
For information on memorial and tribute gifts, please email or call at 916-808-3713.
Tribute gifts are a thoughtful way to celebrate a birthday, wedding, new baby, graduation or any special occasion. They also serve as a special expression of sympathy by honoring the memory of a friend, relative or beloved pet.
Your gift to the Sacramento Zoological Society will be acknowledged with a letter letting the recipient or their family know a donation has been made in their honor or memory (amount not disclosed). For more information, please email or call at 916-808-3713.
A carousel animal sponsorship is a great way to remember or honor someone special in your life. Visit the Conservation Carousel page for more information and available animals or call 916-808-3713.
In-kind gifts are donations of items that benefit the Sacramento Zoo. We have many programs including ways to donate your old vehicle, outdated electronics (e-waste), and edible tree trimmings to help feed the animals.
You can also shop our Amazon wish list to see what else we need!
Donations by Appointment
Every day the Sacramento Zoo feeds pounds of browse (non-toxic branches and leaves from specific species of trees and shrubs). This allows us to feed many of our animals – including the giraffes, chimps, lemurs and many birds – food that is exactly like what they would consume in the wild. They enjoy nibbling leaves, stripping bark, and chewing on stems to keep their brains busy and bellies full.
Many of our neighbors trim their trees on a regular basis and leave the piles for curb-side collection. But, if your tree is on our list, we can collect branches from your home – or even better, you can deliver to us – and the browse goes to our animals instead of the landfill.
View the edible plant list & FAQs
If you have a tree or shrub on the list above and will be trimming it soon, contact us by email or call 916-808-5888.
You can support the Sacramento Zoological Society with the gift of a vehicle donation! Donate your car, truck, boat, trailer, or RV to the Sacramento Zoological Society and help create a better future for all living things. Donating is easy, and the vehicle pick-up is at no cost to you. Donate online or call 1-833-SACZOO1.
*All vehicle donations are handled by CARS, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; the FAQ’s below refer to their policies. All donations benefit the Sacramento Zoological Society.
What vehicles can I donate?
All vehicles are considered, running or not. You can donate your car, truck, trailer, boat, RV, motorhome, motorcycle, camper or plane!
Can I still donate my car if it doesn’t run?
Yes, most vehicles will be accepted running or not.
What do I need to donate my vehicle?
You will need to have the title to the vehicle, but if you do not have it, please call us anyway. It is possible that other arrangements may be made.
What information will I be asked for?
Please have the location of the car, your mailing address, the vehicle’s license number, VIN number, year, make and model. You should also provide information concerning any sort of damage or flat tires that would affect the towing of the car.
Can you pick up vehicles in all 50 states?
Yes. We can provide quick and convenient vehicle pick-up and towing just about anywhere in all 50 of the United States.
How will my car be picked up?
Your vehicle will be towed away by a professionally licensed towing company at a time that is convenient to you.
How long will it take to pick up my car?
A towing company will contact you via telephone within 2-3 business days to schedule. In some cases, you may be able to schedule the pick-up on your initial donation call.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes! Your vehicle donation is a tax-deductible contribution. Your car donation will help feed and care for animals at the Sacramento Zoo!
How does my tax deduction work?
The IRS allows you, the taxpayer, to claim a tax deduction of (a) the value of your vehicle up to $500 or (b) if the vehicle is sold for more than $500 you will receive an IRS Form 1098c to claim the full sales price.
Donating your house to the Sacramento Zoological Society is a great way to support the animals, educational outreach, and wildlife conservation. You can support the Sacramento Zoological Society with the gift of a real estate donation! Donate online or call 1-844-277-HOME.
All donations are handled by CARS (Charitable Adult Rides & Services), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; the FAQ’s below refer to their policies. All donations benefit the Sacramento Zoological Society.
Can you accept real estate with a mortgage balance?
Yes, the Sacramento Zoo will resell the property with its national auction partner and the proceeds of the auction sale will pay off the mortgage balance first, with the remainder going to the Sacramento Zoological Society (after normal closing costs such as escrow, title fees, transfer tax, real estate commissions, etc.). Prior to the auction we will determine if the likely value exceeds the mortgage balance and we may have to reject any asset that does not have sufficient equity to result in cash proceeds to the Sacramento Zoological Society.
Can I give a portion of the equity to the Sacramento Zoo, or do I have to donate it all?
If your property has a high value, you may elect to donate a portion of the equity to the Sacramento Zoological Society (falling under a Bargain Sale-IRS Section 170).
What type of real estate can be donated?
Any type of real property may be donated that has positive equity, clear title, and no environmental issues. Common property types are land, second homes, rental property, commercial real estate and estates. We do not accept timeshares or mobile homes.
Is donating real estate easy?
Yes! Our partner has a national real estate auction platform, and a national title company partner so we can quickly vet assets and convert them to cash without Sacramento Zoo ever having to own or operate the asset. Also, using the IRS Bargain Sale, Sacramento Zoo can accept real estate with mortgage debt and high value assets with a portion of the equity going to the Sacramento Zoo (and a portion in cash to donor). Donors don’t need to pay for anything and only need to fill out a seller disclosure and sign the deed at closing. We take care of everything else!
What tax deduction do I receive when donating property?
Real estate donations are based on the full appraised value, not the sale price. Capital gain tax may also be avoided (excluding the mortgaged portion or cash received). The deduction can be carried forward up to five years following the year of sale.
In most cases, you may deduct the difference between the cash received and the fair market value based on an appraisal specifically completed to assess the value based on IRS gift appraisal guidelines. You many not deduct proceeds that were applied to pay off mortgages or back real estate taxes.
How long does it take to complete a real estate donation?
Most donated properties will be completed within 90 days, and some as quickly as 14 days. Our goal is to maximize the value of the property.
Do I have to pay commissions or closing costs?
You do not have to pay any commissions. If your property is currently listed with a broker, Sacramento Zoo will pay the commission owed based on the list price, or tax assessor value if there is no list price. There are no closing costs to the donor and all unpaid liens will be paid off at closing. The donor is generally not asked to pay anything out of pocket and prepaid property taxes and assessments will be remitted back to the donor at closing.
Can either party cancel the donation agreement?
In short, it depends on the transaction. If Sacramento Zoo can’t achieve a resale sales price that results in a surplus, or if there are title or serious repair issues found, the nonprofit may terminate the donation agreement.
What if my property has environmental issues?
We have the ability to process properties with environmental issues, however, only high value assets would be considered due to the risk and complexity. We have investors specialized in environmental clean up and often issue indemnities to sellers via complex insurance placements.
Thank you for donating your house for animals!
The Sacramento Zoo has partnered with eWaste4Good to not only properly dispose of your ewaste but to help raise funds for the zoo at the same time!
They will pick up your ewaste free of charge and automatically donate part of the proceeds back to the zoo. We cannot accept ewaste at the zoo.
What is ewaste?
Just some of the items that qualify are: televisions, fax machines, monitors, PC boards, computers, DVD players, laptops, VCRs, keyboards, cables and cords, printers, radios, computer mice, stereo components, hard drives, tape and zip drives, power tools, amplifiers, speakers, telephones, cell phones, car audio and microwaves.
How do I schedule a pick up?
Pickup does require three qualifying items. Qualifying items are defined as: televisions, monitors, computers, towers, laptops or servers. They will pickup all other ewaste listed above with three qualifying items.
Request an eWaste4Good pick up. Make sure to list the Sacramento Zoo or Sacramento Zoological Society as the organization you would like to support. They will contact you within 3 business days to schedule a pick up at your home, business or school.
If you would like to purchase items from Amazon.com, the zoo has a wide range of needed items on our wish list. Many items go directly to the animals as enrichments and toys! Visit our Amazon wish list now.
They will ship directly to the Sacramento Zoo.
Note: Please include your full name and address in the gift message if you would like to receive recognition from the zoo for your donation.
Another way to help is to always start your Amazon shopping here.
A Donor Advised Fund is a centralized charitable account. Individuals, families and businesses make an irrevocable gift to a public charity that sponsors a Donor-advised fund program for charitable giving (through a community foundation or charitable giving account). The donor receives an immediate tax deduction, and can then make charitable contributions to non-profit organizations over time. If you have a Donor Advised Fund through one of the following: Fidelity Charitable®, Schwab Charitable® and the BNY Mellon Charitable Gift Fund®, simply log in to your account using the link below, and make a direct charitable contribution to the non-profit Sacramento Zoological Society.
Use your IRA to support wildlife conservation.
If you are 70 and a half or older, you can make a tax-free distribution from your traditional or Roth IRA to the Sacramento Zoological Society. It’s an efficient way to support the causes that matter to you most.
How it Works
You can donate up to $100,000 each year without incurring income tax on your withdrawal.
Here’s the process:
- You direct distributions in the amount of your choosing from your traditional or Roth IRA to the Sacramento Zoological Society. This can be a one-time or recurring gift.
- The distributions go directly to the Sacramento Zoological Society and are not subject to federal income tax.
How You Benefit
- You avoid the income tax penalty on your distributions.
- You have the satisfaction of seeing your gift immediately support critical conservation work.
Can it Work for You?
A gift through your IRA may be for you if:
- You are over age 70 and a half.
- You are over age 72 and do not need the additional income from your required minimum distributions.
- You don’t itemize deductions, or you are subject to a rule that limits your deductions.
- You live in a state with no charitable income tax deduction.
- You are no longer working and making contributions to a retirement plan.
Making Your Gift
To ensure that your gift is properly processed and that you are listed as the donor of record, please have all checks directed to the address below. It is very important that you also contact us at (916) 808-3713 or email to let us know to expect your gift.
The Sacramento Zoological Society
3930 West Land Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95822
If you are still working and contributing to a retirement account, this gift could impact your taxable income. Please consult a qualified advisor before making a gift. If you’re under the age of 70 and a half, you can use your IRA to support the Sacramento Zoological Society’s work by making a withdrawal and donating the proceeds after taxes OR by designating the Sacramento Zoological Society as a beneficiary of your retirement plan. For more information, please contact the Development Department.
Example: You are 75 years old and your adjusted gross income will total $200,000 this year. You direct a $100,000 payment from your IRA to us.
|Donor||Individual, age 75|
|Withdrawal from IRA||$100,000|
|Income tax on withdrawal||$0|
|Charitable deduction for withdrawal||$0|
Please note that the Sacramento Zoological Society cannot render tax or legal advice and we urge you to consult with your professional advisor about your situation before making a charitable gift.
Want more information? Contact the Development Department at (916) 808-3713 or email.
Many employers sponsor corporate matching gift programs that will match any charitable contribution made by their employees (including memberships). Check here for a listing of some participating businesses.
If you don’t see your employer listed, please contact your human resources office to see if your company has a matching gift program and to check the eligibility requirements. If you are eligible, please complete the appropriate form and mail the completed form to the address below. We’ll verify your gift and notify your company. Your personal gift and matched contribution help the animals in our care and help us to provide a variety of educational programs at the Sacramento Zoo.
Attn: Matching Gifts
3930 West Land Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95822
Email with matching gift questions or call 916-808-3713.
Your employer may also match your volunteer time!
Ask your human resources office for eligibility requirements. Visit the Volunteer page for opportunities at the Sacramento Zoo.
By making a recurring gift you join a group of dedicated supporters committed to helping us create a new, state-of-the-art zoological park for the animals and for our region. Your recurring gift will provide the zoo with a dependable and on-going source of income that will help us to achieve our mission and to create the next great zoo.
It’s easy to do: You agree to make a set contribution each month, quarter, or year then we deduct the specified amount from your credit or debit card as requested. Spreading your support throughout the year is a convenient way to fit your donations into your personal budget and make a significant difference at the same time.
Spread your gift to the Sacramento Zoo’s Vision for a Wild Tomorrow campaign over the entire year. Your recurring gift adds up and helps further our mission to inspire appreciation of wildlife through education, recreation and conservation.
Thank you for your generosity. Please stay tuned for additional details and exciting new developments as we work to create a world of discovery, community, and conservation for the animals in our care, for the environment and for generations of zoogoers.
A gift of stock, bonds or mutual funds provides even greater tax benefits to the donor than other gift vehicles. Giving securities is a simple and gratifying experience.
- Please let us know by giving us a call at 916-808-3713 and providing us with the following information:
- Name of the security
- Number of shares
- Purpose or designation of gift
If you are interested in making a gift of securities (stocks, bonds and/or mutual funds), please contact the Senior Development Officer or call 916-808-3713 for information.