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Protect the Future of Our Community-Supported Zoo

By including the Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society (also known as Friends of Henry Vilas Zoo) in your estate planning, you can realize a host of tax advantages while helping ensure that the Henry Vilas Zoo continues to thrive for generations to come.

For all donations, bequests and charitable gifts in support of the Henry Vilas Zoo, the proper legal designation is as follows:

Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society
606 South Randall Avenue
Madison, WI 53715

Tax Identification Number 39-6077008.

Four easy ways to include the Henry Vilas Zoo in your estate


A simple way to make a planned gift is to include the Zoological Society in your will or estate plans. If you chose this option you can use the following language: “I give and bequeath the sum of $___ to the Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society.” Or “I give and bequeath ___ percent of my residuary state to the Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society.”

Designate your 401K

Change your beneficiary designation information to include the Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society to receive a percentage of your choosing. Your company’s Human Resources department should be able to provide you with a form to complete and return.

Designate an IRA or life insurance policy

Consider adding the Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society as a beneficiary of part or all of any annuity (insurance policy, IRA). Your insurance or financial agent can provide you with the proper beneficiary change form.

Give through the Madison Community Foundation

The Society has an established Endowment Fund through the Madison Community Foundation. There are several ways to give to the endowment including Charitable gift annuities that allow you make a gift to the Zoological Society, while you to keep the income for your life, with the balance at your death supporting the Society.

For More Information

Thank you for considering a planned gift to help the zoo continue to provide great care to the animals, connect people to the natural world, and inspire the next generation to take action through conservation. Please contact the Friends of the Zoo office at (608)258-9490 or for any additional information you need.