How You Can Help
It may surprise you to learn that while the Santa Barbara Zoo is an asset to the local community and a significant attraction for tourism, the Zoo is an independent non-profit organization and does not receive tax revenues. The Santa Barbara Zoo is truly a “rare bird” among accredited zoos.
To date, the community has generously committed $6.4 million in support of Discovery Pavilion. In total, the Zoo needs to raise $7.5 million for this priority capital project – there is $1.1 million, or 15%, to go to reach the goal.
We need your help to make Discovery Pavilion a reality. Join those who are committed to education and conservation by making a generous gift.
There are many ways to make a contribution, and gifts of all sizes are greatly appreciated.
Our current honor roll of Discovery Pavilion donors can be seen here.
Donations of any amount in support of Discovery Pavilion may be made online or sent payable to Santa Barbara Zoo, Discovery Pavilion Campaign, at 500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103.
Naming privileges start at $25,000 and include a plaque, name recognition on the donor wall, and a special invitation to the grand opening celebration of Discovery Pavilion. There are many opportunities available, including the Conservation Education Library and Garden areas.
By far, most of the gifts made to capital campaigns are initially made as pledges—typically payable over three to five years. Pledges are encouraged, because they afford contributors the opportunity to make far more substantial gifts than would likely be the case if they were limited to making payment in full within a single year.
If you itemize your deductions, you may be entitled to an income tax deduction for all contributions in a given year of up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income with a five-year carry-over period for the excess.
Credit or Debit Card
You can arrange to have your gift automatically placed on your debit or credit card, accumulating bonus points or air miles.
Stocks and Bonds
Such assets are a great way to give. You can save on capital gains tax, and may get a charitable income tax deduction for the full fair market value. You can take the income tax deduction of up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income and still carry forward any excess up to five years.
You may have real estate that has appreciated faster than the rate of inflation and, therefore, can offer great potential
Gifts of assets such as cars, jewelry, and boats are also welcomed. As the tax deduction allowed on personal property is complex, both you and the Zoo should consult accounting experts prior to the conveyance of property.
If you own an insurance policy that is no longer needed for its original purpose, you can donate it to the Santa Barbara Zoo, which must then become the owner of the policy. In general, you will be entitled to an income tax deduction for the cash surrender value and can deduct the amount of future premiums paid to the Zoo.
Charitable Lead Trusts
Through a transfer of cash, securities, or real estate into a Charitable Lead Trust, the Santa Barbara Zoo will receive income from the trust for a set number of years. The trust principal is returned to the donor or the donor’s designee at the end of the term of the trust.
Many corporations demonstrate their support to nonprofit organizations by matching—often dollar for dollar—or multiplying their employees’ gifts up to a set amount. Please consult your company’s personnel office for more information.
You may wish to contribute a personal possession of special interest—including equipment or other items—or needed services. To determine the Zoo’s interest, please contact the Development Department.