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Ways to Give


Animal Fund

Help Provide Critical Funding for the Zoo

Your annual gift to the Akron Zoo provides critical funding for us to fulfill our mission to nurture respect and appreciate the natural world by providing diverse education, recreation and conservation opportunities. While the support of the Akron Zoo Summit County property tax is important in offsetting our operating needs, your donation helps the zoo serve almost 398,000 people each year, provide educational programs, continue conservation initiatives and care for more than 700 animals, including endangered and threatened species.

A Special Reminder

You may also send gifts of stock, mutual funds or other securities. These types of gifts not only help further the Akron Zoo’s mission — they provide contributors with significant tax benefits.

United Way

You can designate your gift to us through United Way! Just make us the designee on your United Way form.

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Honor and Memorial Gift

Any Gift Can Be Made In Memory or In Honor of a Special Person

Make a gift in honor of a friend, relative or colleague for a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, wedding or holiday. Your commemorative gift gives you a special opportunity to honor your friends and loved ones, while providing important support to our animals, education programs, and conservation programs.

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Matching Gifts

Many Companies will Match your Contribution to the Zoo

Many employers sponsor matching gifts programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest! The impact of your gift may be doubled or possibly tripled. Check with your Human Resources department for inquiries about this opportunity or visit the matching gift registry.

Care for Critter

When you ”Care for a Critter”, you help the Akron Zoo provide food, medical care, habitat maintenance and conservation programs for one year. Every sponsorship package includes a personalized certificate of sponsorship, an animal fact sheet and a color photo. See the chart below for information on sponsorship benefits.

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Planned Giving

Include Akron Zoo in your Long-Range Financial Planning

There are many options available to include Akron Zoo in your long-range financial planning. To explore the tax-wise benefits of planned giving, please visit our planned giving page or contact the Development Department at p.holtz@akronzoo.org or 330-375-2550, ext. 7220.

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Special Events

Sponsorship of and participation in special events are great ways to support the zoo’s mission.

Summer Safari

Always the wildest party in town!
Enjoy feature gourmet cuisine from Akron’s most distinguished restaurants and caterers, live music, a fantastic silent auction, and lots of unique animal experiences. Learn more about participating in Summer Safari–the Wildest Party in Town, as a donor, sponsor, volunteer or participant.

Corporate Partnerships

Invest in Akron Zoo
Join the civic-minded businesses and groups that value the Akron Zoo’s role as an educational and cultural institution. Akron Zoo takes pride in customizing packages to meet your business objectives and interests, increase your company's visibility and enhance employee, client and community relations.

For more information on a partnership with the Akron Zoo, please visit our corporate partnership page or contact Pamela Holtz, VP, Chief Development Officer psholtz@akronzoo.org or 330-375-2550, ext 7220.

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Other Ways to Give

Give Back to Save Wildlife  

Beyond monetary donations, there are many ways to give to the Akron Zoo, including volunteering at the Zoo, providing enrichment “toys” for the animals to enjoy, or booking a private party.

Volunteer at the Akron Zoo  

Volunteers make a difference every day at the Akron Zoo. Opportunities abound for teenagers through senior-agers looking for fun, unique and interesting volunteer positions.

Enrichment Wishes for the Animals  

Akron Zoo animals enjoy getting gifts too! Children of all ages can have fun treating the animals with a special enrichment gift by purchasing an approved “toy” from our Amazon wish list. You can decide whether the gift is mailed to you and you can bring it in or have it mailed directly to us.

Plan a Party with Us  

Consider the Akron Zoo for your next party, shower, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, birthday celebration, or any other special occasion.. By booking your event at the zoo, you can also feel good about supporting the zoo’s mission to connect people, animals and the natural world to save wildlife.

Give the Gift of the Zoo  

Looking for great zoo gift ideas? Memberships, animal sponsorships, behind the scenes experiences and are great ways to brighten the holidays for the animal lovers in your life.

For more information on ways to support the Akron Zoo, please contact the Development Department at (330)375-2550 ext. 7220.

How To Donate

Your generous gift will make a difference at the Akron Zoo. Please join us in furthering the conservation of endangered wildlife and habitats. There are several easy ways to make your contribution:


Online donations are easy. You can help us build a better zoo!

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Print and mail the donation form with your gift to:

Akron Zoo
Attention: Development
500 Edgewood Avenue
Akron, OH 44307-2199


Please contact the Akron Zoo at (330)375-2550 to make a gift by credit card or to speak to a development representative

In Person

Stop by our Welcome Center and a development staff member will assist you in your donation experience

Akron Zoological Park is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization. Contributions are deductible for federal and state income tax purposes as provided by law.