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Oregon Zoo Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Arts & Culture, Fund Raising & Fund Distribution, Public & Societal Benefit, Zoos & Aquariums

Mission: To foster community pride and involvement in the oregon zoo and to secure financial support for the zoo's conservation, education and animal welfare programs.

Programs: Membership services- operate a membership program that supports the daily operations of the oregon zoo and fosters the meaningful and lasting impact of the zoo in our community by providing members endless opportunities to engage in and learn about the zoo's conservation, education and animal welfare efforts.

zoo support- raise funds that are granted to the oregon zoo to support its work in: conservation to ensure the long-term survival of species and their habitats, including restoring populations of native species in the pacific northwest; public education to empower learners of all ages to take action on behalf of wildlife and nature; and animal welfare that provides the best lives possible for the animals in the zoo's care. Provide operational support for improvements to the oregon zoo including upgrades to existing habitats, interpretive displays and programmatic activities.

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Rating: 5

My personal experience (2 family retired over age 60 folks) is that this foundation really RECOGNIZES their donors, caters to them and tries to give quality experiences to match their voluntary gifts .As we know there are many charities clamoring for our dollars The Oregon Zoo delivers value for dollar. The zoo has metro (govt) employees who work WELL with the donor foundation volunteers and donors - not always the case.

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Rating: 5

The Oregon Zoo Foundation is completely integrated with the Zoo Operation and puts its/your "money where the commitment is". They just recently completed and opened an African Exhibit that came in on budget and are working on a new ape exhibit. They use the money wisely and have great project management relative to other Zoo's I have donated and volunteered with such that YOUR donor money actually shows up in a completed project! They acknowledge their donors with special previews and use LOCAL merchants to provide the goodies (eats and drinks) at these events. I like that. I recommend involvement in the OREGON ZOO FOUNDATION. Also a plus - foundation members use email extensively, are available in great number at their donor events and I have found their backgrounds to be very deep in the field (they hire well).

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