Make Your Impact

Ways to Support

Give TO JOHN BALL ZOO

Your Support Means Everything

Thank you for supporting John Ball Zoo. From providing our animals with local produce in their diets to innovative medical care, our team provides customized and compassionate care to the over 2,000 animals that call John Ball Zoo home. None of this is possible without your philanthropic support.

John Ball Zoo is an IRS Section 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to our mission of inspiring our community to be actively engaged in the conservation of wildlife and wild places. You can also explore other ways of giving, or mail your gift directly to John Ball Zoo (1300 W Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504).

For questions please contact our Development team at donate@jbzoo.org or by phone at 616.336.3309.

SUPPORT BY GIVING:

GIFT PLANNING

A Meaningful Gift For Your Zoo
& The Animals You Love.

If John Ball Zoo has been an important part of you and your family’s life, consider creating a legacy that will help to secure the Zoo’s future by including the Zoo in your estate plan. Gift planning enables you to give gifts or assets that benefit your family now and in the future, and help sustain John Ball Zoo’s promise to protect and conserve some of the most remarkable creatures on earth while accommodating your personal, financial, and philanthropic goals.

There are many ways to support the Zoo, and some are as easy as designating John Ball Zoo as a beneficiary in your will or estate, your IRA or 401K plan, or your insurance policy. You can leave a certain dollar amount or percentage, specific property or a portion, or even the remainder of your estate to John Ball Zoo.

  • Receive lifetime payments as well as tax savings while you support your Zoo. Transfer cash or securities to the Zoo, and receive fixed annuity payments for life. 
  • Leave a lasting impact by naming John Ball Zoo in your will for a specific amount, a percentage of the total estate, or the residue of the estate.

    Bequest Intention Letter

    Sample Bequest Language
  • Donate a policy that is no longer needed for family protection or establish a new policy with the Zoo as beneficiary and deduct the annual premiums.

  • Deed your residence to the Zoo now, enjoy an immediate income tax deduction, and continue to live at that residence for the rest of your life.
  • Receive lifetime payments as well as tax savings while you support your Zoo.
    Transfer cash or securities to the Zoo, and receive fixed annuity payments for life.
  • Gift appreciated stocks, bonds, and mutual funds to make a significant and lasting impact on John Ball Zoo. Did you know that when you make a charitable gift of securities, you may be able to reduce or eliminate federal capital gains taxes and receive a charitable income tax deduction for the fair market value of the asset upon transfer?

    Stock Gift Instructions
  • A donor advised fund (or DAF) might be a great solution for you. You can use a DAF to distribute gifts to numerous charities. With a DAF, you can make gifts to charity during your lifetime, and when you pass away, your children can carry on your legacy of giving
Animal Sponsorship Program

2022 Animal Sponsorship Levels

By sponsoring an animal, you not only help in the care and feeding of our animals at John Ball Zoo but also support conservation programs near and far. We care for more than 2,400 animals representing more than 200 species. A portion of your contribution through this program supports wildlife conservation both in the Great Lakes region and around the world.

Sponsor an animal today!

  • Message from sponsored animal’s area keeper
  • 4×6 photo of the sponsored animal
  • Certificate of adoption
  • Zoo News subscription
  • Name recognition on Animal Sponsorship webpage
  • Plush of your sponsored animal (pick up at gift shop)
  • 4 Zoo Entry Passes
  • Name listed on Animal Sponsorship sign in John Ball Zoo’s Central Plaza
  • Invitation to Donor Night (held annually in May)

  • Message from sponsored animal’s area keeper
  • 4×6 photo of the sponsored animal
  • Certificate of adoption
  • Zoo News subscription
  • Name recognition on Animal Sponsorship webpage
  • Plush of your sponsored animal (pick up at gift shop)
  • 2 Zoo Entry Passes
  • Invitation to Donor Night (held annually in May)
  • Message from sponsored animal’s area keeper
  • 4×6 photo of the sponsored animal
  • Certificate of adoption
  • Zoo News subscription
  • Name recognition on Animal Sponsorship webpage
  • Plush of your sponsored animal (pick up at gift shop)
  • 2 Zoo Entry Passes
  • Message from sponsored animal’s area keeper
  • 4×6 Photo of the sponsored animal
  • Certificate of adoption
  • Name recognition on Animal Sponsorship webpage
  • Message from sponsored animal’s area zookeeper
  • Photo of the sponsored animal
  • Digital certificate

*Digital delivery of all items.

This sponsorship level is great for classrooms, offices, teams, etc.
  • Message from sponsored animal’s area keeper
  • 4×6 Photo of the sponsored animal
  • Certificate of adoption
  • Name recognition on Animal Sponsorship webpage

For questions please contact our Development team at donate@jbzoo.org or by phone at 616.336.3309.

Can’t get enough of the Zoo?

For a gift of $500, you can join Conservation Circle! Conservation Circle is a group of donors whose annual gifts totaling $500 or more helps to ensure the sustainability of John Ball Zoo’s core values and community. In appreciation of their giving, Conservation Circle donors have access to exclusive special events, early Zoo Camp registration, exclusive digital behind-the-scenes, and much more! To make a gift or learn more, please visit jbzoo.org/conservationcircle

JUMP PROGRAM

Free admission for qualified individuals across the state of Michigan

John Ball Zoo’s JUMP program helps break down barriers to outdoor, nature-based education by providing free admission for qualified individuals across the state of Michigan.

Ruth Jones, a former John Ball Zoo board member and principal for Grand Rapids Public Schools, imagined a program that would make the Zoo accessible to families regardless of income. All while encouraging an enriching, educational, and cultural experience. In 1998, the JUMP program was born and has since welcomed hundreds of thousands of families to the Zoo.