Enriching the Lives of Animals at the Minnesota Zoo
Enriching the Lives of Animals at the Minnesota Zoo
An Amur leopard assesses a papier-mâché rival.
Caring for the animals at the Minnesota Zoo is a big job. Our zookeepers are experts and do excellent work in making sure each animal receives the proper diet, exercise, health care and environment that is optimal for their species. The zookeepers are always discovering new and better ways to provide for the animals.
One unique aspect of animal care is what we call “enrichment.” Enrichment is a term used to describe the many types of activities that challenge an animal’s intellect and engages them physically. These experiences are designed to elicit the innate and natural behaviors that each species would demonstrate in the wild. An example of this would be providing our carnivores with papier-mâché prey to hunt. There is some trial and error in this process; the staff evaluate each enrichment activity and only repeat those that are most successful.
Ivy Celender knows the value of these special animal experiences. She is a longtime fan of the Zoo and she’s observed the benefits firsthand. That is why she has made annual gifts to the Minnesota Zoo Foundation, specifically to provide enrichment experiences for our animal friends. In addition to her annual gift, Ivy has made a provision in her will for the Minnesota Zoo Foundation. Including the Foundation in an existing will is a simple process and can be added with an addendum or “codicil” to the will.
Soap bubbles intrigue this little penguin.
If you have considered including the Minnesota Zoo Foundation in your will or trust but just haven’t gotten around to it, there is no better time than now. What a wonderful way to give back to your Zoo and help care for nearly 5,000 animals from around the world. If you have questions about how to make a planned gift, please contact us at email@example.com or 507.250.4264.
A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the Minnesota Zoo an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.
an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan
"I give, devise, and bequeath to the Minnesota Zoo Foundation, a non-profit Minnesota corporation, located at 13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley, Minnesota 55124, the sum of $____ (or, ___ percent of my estate, or, ___ percent of the residue of my estate) to be used for such purposes as the Board of Trustees determines at the time this bequest becomes effective."
able to be changed or cancelled
A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.
cannot be changed or cancelled
tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient
the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation
the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase
the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on
The person receiving the gift annuity payments.
the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid
a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will
the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will
A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to the Zoo or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.
An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.
Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.
Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.
Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.
A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.
You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.
You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the Zoo as a lump sum.
You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the Zoo as a lump sum.
A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.
A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and the Zoo where you agree to make a gift to the Zoo and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.