Benefits of Planned Giving

Through planned giving you may be able to increase your current income or provide additional retirement income, while reducing income tax and estate taxes. Some gifts virtually eliminate estate taxes while others greatly reduce the amount of tax you are responsible for during your lifetime. It is important to explore your options with an estate planning attorney to maximize your tax benefits.

Bequests, Wills & Trusts

There are many ways to ensure your family is cared for and to include the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation in your legacy. We encourage you to explore the variety of options with your financial advisor.

  • Designate a percentage of your estate through your will or living trust
  • Give only the remainder, or residue, of your estate—that which remains after bequests to loved ones have been made
  • Leave a specific dollar amount
  • Provide for a gift of specific property—real estate, stocks or other items

Charitable Gift Annuities

A charitable gift annuity is a contract between you and the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation that enables you to make a gift that guarantees payments to you and/or a loved one for life. A portion of your annuity payments may be tax free. A charitable gift annuity also entitles you to partial income tax charitable deduction and may provide capital gains and estate tax benefits. After your lifetime, the remainder of your gift will support the work of the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation.

Retirement Plans

You can create a legacy by naming the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation as a beneficiary or contingent beneficiary of an IRA, 401(k), 403(b), Keogh account, or other qualified retirement plan. Upon your death all or a portion of the unused balance in your account is transferred to the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation as a charitable gift.

Life Insurance Gifts

Life insurance policies are a meaningful and often overlooked way to make a charitable gift. One way to do this is to make the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation a beneficiary on your life insurance policy. Another is to transfer ownership of a paid up policy to the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation, thus receiving an immediate tax deduction. You can also take out a policy and make the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation owner and beneficiary—the annual premiums become a tax deduction for you.

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Open Today from 10am to 5pm

Adults: $6.75

Children (3-12): $4.75

Seniors (60+): $5.75

Children under 3: Free

Zoo Members: Free

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Events & Classes

Jul
20
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all-day National Zoo Keeper Week
National Zoo Keeper Week
Jul 20 – Jul 26 all-day
The zoo is celebrating National Zookeeper Week starting July 20 with keeper talks, animal encounters, a raffle and other special activities for visitors of all [...]
Jul
26
Sat
all-day Get Out and Play Day
Get Out and Play Day
Jul 26 all-day
From the park to the bay…a hometown adventure for the whole family! Come explore all the wonders that the City of Eureka has to offer [...]

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