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We sincerely thank all the businesses and individuals who raise funds for our community-supported Zoo! You help us provide a best-in-class experience for our animals and our visitors, as well as inspiring a commitment to conservation.

Upcoming Community Events Benefiting the Zoo


Become a Volunteer Fundraiser

Thank you for your interest in volunteer fundraising to support Henry Vilas Zoo! Your fundraising effort will make you a Friend of the Zoo.

Each Friend of the Zoo has a special connection to Henry Vilas Zoo, whether through a lifetime of memories at the Zoo, an opportunity to see the Zoo through the eyes of a child, an experience with our Zoo Education Program, or a general interest in animal and habitat conservation. That special connection inspires you and other volunteers to take action.

A volunteer fundraiser is an event conducted by volunteers and/or community partners to raise funds for Henry Vilas Zoo and Zoo to provide a best-in-class experience for our animals and our visitors, as well as inspiring a commitment to conservation.

Events should complement the mission of Henry Vilas Zoo and Friends of Henry Vilas Zoo and enhance the relationship of your zoo with the communities we serve. Fundraisers can be as simple as a "Jeans Day" or bake sale or as grand as an auction or golf event.

If you or your group is interested in the possibility of planning a volunteer fundraising event, link to Fundraising Guidelines to review important planning information and Fundraising Proposal to submit your idea.


The Impact of Fundraising

Henry Vilas Zoo has many different areas where fundraising is needed. These range from New Exhibit Development, Animal Welfare, Community Outreach, and Education. The Community Outreach Director will assist you in finding an appropriate area for the proceeds of your fundraising event. You can be assured that once you have chosen the designation of your funds, 100 percent of the proceeds will be utilized in that area.

With our assistance, volunteer fundraising can be exciting, rewarding and simple. Just read some of the success stories of others who have helped to raise funds for Henry Vilas Zoo.

Here are some examples of businesses and organizations that have helped us in the past. Continue to watch this page for testimonials about their experiences!

  • Paddle for Polar Bears - Paddleboard Specialists
  • Mad City Mardi Gras - Liliana's Restaurant
  • Percentage of Monthly Sales - Melting Pot Restaurant
  • Employee Fundraising Challenge - Mounds Pet Food Warehouse
  • School-wide "Befriend-an-Animal" Challenge - Van Hise Elementary School
  • Monroe Street Chocolate Walk - Monroe Street Merchants
  • Model Train Show - S Guage Wisconsin
  • Steve Wetzel Photography Exhibit at Yola's Cafe & Madison Sourdough Co.
  • Globe University Vet Tech Student "Zooraiser" and Movie Day
  • Physicians Plus Donated $811 to the Zoo, $1 for each new Facebook Friend they added during the lead up to their January Polar Bear Dash
  • Johnson Creek Elementary School's Principal's Advisory Group raised over $2000 for the Animal Health Center through their student-led on-campus fundraising efforts.
  • Shoe the Zoo - Fontana Sports
  • 2014 Mad City Mad Hatters Volleyball Tournament
  • Fired Up Pottery - Making Art for the Zoo